I’ve got an new best friend in this Pear and Apricot Cobbler, since making my Deliciously Easy Peach Cobbler I’ve been playing with different flavour combinations and had some great fun doing so. Being a recipe developer is a rocky road if you don’t want to end up weighing 20st so I’ll let you into a secret.
Most recipe developers halve the ingredients or even quarter them so during the development stages we’re only making a fraction of the end result you see ideal for feeding a family. So in my line of work I often have mini puddings and bakes. Then I thought maybe others would like to have mini puddings too? Easier to halve, using the automatic servings calculator [see recipe for this feature] and great for making more than necessary and freezing for later, so perfect for a couple who want two now and two mini cobbler puddings another day.
What topping do you use to make Pear and Apricot Cobbler?
Traditionally fruit cobblers have a quick and simple biscuit/scone style topping. This is where there is an anglo-american crossover in language. In the US a cookie is our biscuit and their biscuit is more like our scones and can be both sweet or savoury.
I have seen triple crust cobbler trending worldwide which intrigues me as this kind of goes against the original recipe and takes a bit more preparation, even if you plan to use ready mixes such as Betty Crocker. The triple crust version seems to be more like a pastry topped peach pie.
This recipe is effectively a light scone style topping that bakes and increases in size to cover the delicious fruity base. Some people dollop the mixture on in little piles, others (like me) prefer to be a bit more uniformed and cut out scone/biscuit shapes to add to the pie dish.
So the humble cobbler is not a fruit crumble, nor a fruit crunch – it’s a scone/biscuit topped cobbler!
What different fruit cobbler fillings can I use?
Here I’ve opted for a slightly more original flavour combination and added a teeny bit of cinnamon to enhance the depth of flavour. I felt that stewed pears on their own wouldn’t be enough so added the dried apricots for extra texture. Other fruits will work wonderfully, and I have listed a few below with added spices you might like to try;
- Blackberry and apple with cinnamon
- Gooseberry and ginger
- Apple and cinnamon
- Pumpkin and pumpkin spice (cinnamon, clove and ginger)
- Rhubarb and apple
You can also use frozen or tinned/canned fruit. This will actually cut out part of the method as with these fruit fillings there is no need to stew the fruit beforehand as it will breakdown perfectly when baking.
How long does this Pear and Apricot Cobbler last?
If you plan to make these mini cobblers in advance, you’ll be pleased to hear that the pudding keeps really well covered in the fridge. In fact, I’d say this pudding gets better with age.
You can eat the cobbler straight from the oven or reheated with lashing of your favourite custard or be extra indulgent and have cream! I’ve added a link (affiliate) below to the mini ramekin dishes I use, I have a set of six and they are so handy for mini pies, crumbles and sponge puddings.
How did the Cobbler get its name?
Here’s the fun bit. What is the history behind the Fruit Cobbler? Where did the cobbler first appear, and how did the peach cobbler get its name?
Who made the first cobbler?
Well the popular belief is that the cobbler first came about when families settled in America. Being used to suet puddings (seriously, they put suet in EVERYTHING), the British settlers made do with what ingredients they could find and adapted fruit pies and steamed suet puddings. As the adapted topping was different in structure it was added to the pie dishes in dollops, covering the fruit and baked in the oven.
Why call it a cobbler?
There are two theories to this, I happen to love them both equally. The first is that the pudding was literally ‘cobbled’ together given the circumstances and new ingredients hence the name cobbler.
A second theory is that the final baked cobbler resembled the cobbles from home back in London or other British cities and therefore it was affectionately given the name cobbler.
Which theory do you prefer? Let me know in the comments.
What fruits are traditionally used in a fruit cobbler?
This varies depending on when the cobbler is made i.e. what season and where in the world they’re made. Originally it was made with berries and stone fruit such as blackberries, blueberries, and even plums but as you can imagine, the settlers in America were suddenly excited by lots of new fruits to add so you also see cherries, apricots and the much loved peach.
Trouble shooting for this Gluten Free Cobbler Recipe
My fruit is too watery – this may happen if you’ve chose to use a high water-based fruit such as certain berries. You have two options here continue to stew the fruit stirring constantly to evaporate any extra moisture or add arrowroot. If you opt for the latter simply take the fruit off the heat, spoon out some of the juice into an egg cup and add a teaspoon of arrowroot, mix to blend (it will go a creamy colour). Add the arrowroot liquid back into the saucepan with the stewed fruit and return to the heat. The arrowroot will lose its creamy colour and go translucent whilst thickening the stewed fruit at the same time.
My fruit base is not sweet enough – add more sugar or sweetener of your choice.
My fruit base is too sweet – add a little lemon juice to level up the sweet and sour ratio.
My cobblers are burning – (sorry, got the giggles writing that!) if you find your cobbler topping is catching/burning in the oven simply add a foil wrap cover to prevent any further colouring.
Can you eat the pear skin too, plus a tip on nutrition?
Yes you most certainly can eat the pear skin, it is after all where most of the nutrition and fibre is contained, in pears and all fruits alike. It’s also got good gut bacteria enhancers in the skin so remember that next time you peel your apples and pears! Obviously, you don’t have the choice with the dried apricots as this form of apricot has its skin on already. However, once again the apricot skin is edible, packed full of fibre and great for keeping you regular if you know what I mean!
Do you want to add the skin to this Pear and Apricot Cobbler though? Well that my dear reader is entirely up to you. It’s going to be a personal preference here. In my Easy Pear and Ginger Crumble Cake I commented on the fact that I’d rather not have the skin on the pears, but this recipe is prepared differently. The stewing process softens the skin and adds another texture, otherwise the underneath of the cobblers would be too much like a fruit puree.
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Individual Gluten Free Pear and Apricot Cobbler Recipe
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Gluten Free Pear and Apricot Cobbler
- 3 ripe pears I used Bartlett (Williams) pears
- 6 dried apricots
- 20 g caster sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- ¼ tsp sweet ground cinnamon
- 40 g butter or butter alternative (I use Flora plant butter) I used Flora vegan salted block
- 40 g caster sugar
- 60 g gluten free self raising flour
- 30 g almonds if you like omit the almonds and add half the quantity of flour
- 30 ml water
- ½ tsp flaxseed or chia seeds
- ¼ tsp psyllium husk powder (optional) or you can use xanthan gum (this is optional)
To make the fruit base
- Core and chop your pears and cut the apricots into small pieces, I use scissors and cut each apricot into 6 pieces.
- Add both the fresh and dried fruit to a saucepan and add the water, sugar and cinnamon.
- Cook over a medium heat until the fruit begins to breakdown slightly and the juices get sticky and thicker. Set aside to cool
To make the cobbler dough
- In a bowl rub together the butter/dairy free spread and flour into breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and almonds and mix to combine.
- Add your ground seed and psyllium husk (optional) and mix again to combine.
- Pour in the 30ml/2tbsp of water and with a knife cut through the breadcrumb mixture until it begins to come together to form larger lumps.
- Tip this large crumble mixture onto the kitchen surface and begin to bring together by kneading. Don’t worry, it will come together to form a dough.
- Roll the cobbler dough into a ball, wrap in foil and pop into the fridge to rest for 30mins.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C | 170°C fan | 375°F | Gas 5
To build the cobbler
- In your individual ramekin dishes, equally spoon the cooled stewed fruit and pat down with the back of a spoon to achieve a flat surface.
- Take the cobbler dough out of the fridge and knead for 1 minute until smooth.
- Cut the dough into 4 and gently roll into a ball, then squash it flat inbetween your palms so you have a disc shape.
- Place the cobbles on top of each of the fruit filled ramekins.
- Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each cobble to help it go a golden colour.
- Bake in the oven for 15mins until golden in colour and the fruit bubbles around the edges of the pie dish.
- If your cobblers are a bit pale, you can finish these off under the grill until you achieve that beautiful golden colour (this is what I did with the mini cobblers pictured).
- Serve once slightly cooled with custard or cream.
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