Are we bypassing Spring this year? The weather has been up and down like a toilet seat at a mixed party! I made this cobbler in the hopes that it was going to be warm soon. The winter wasn’t particularly harsh but the cooler temperatures with a few spikes in heat has made it feel as though winter is still nipping at our heels. Oh well, give it a few weeks and we’ll be complaining it’s too hot.
Serves 4 to 6
adopted from Chef Megan Garrelts
3 nectarines, pitted and chopped
3 peaches, pitted and sliced
1 cup assorted berries, hulled
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
juice and zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
citrus sugar cookie dough (click here for recipe)
Preheat the oven to 350°f (180°c).
Butter four 8-oz. ovenproof ramekins or a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Dust the buttered ramekins or dish with sugar. In a large bowl, toss the fruit together with sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, orange juice and zest, ginger, and cornstarch. Depending on the sweetness and ripeness of your fruit, you may need to add more sugar, or a smidge more cornstarch (not more than 1 teaspoon).
Mound the fruit mixture into the ramekins or baking dish. The fruit will collapse as it bakes so you want to heap it so the fruit peaks above the top of the baking dish, and dot with cubed butter. Slice the sugar cookie dough and top the cobbler, distributing it evenly over the fruit. Bake the cobbler until the cookie dough is golden brown and the fruit begins to bubble, about 20 minutes.
The Culinary Chase’s Note: While it’s not stone fruit season yet, frozen fruit is a good alternative. And you don’t have to use the exact fruit mentioned in the recipe…use whatever frozen fruit your family enjoys. Make sure to place ramekins on a baking sheet as the juice from the fruit will bubble over (yum!). Cardamom is an ancient Indian spice and while it is used primarily in savory dishes, its lemony undertones is a surprising compliment to the fruit in this cobbler. Enjoy!