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Plums are one of the underrated fruits in the stone fruit group. This plum cobbler is the perfect way to highlight these delicious little beauties. Plum cobbler is sweet and a little bit tart, with a delicious buttery topping. The best part is, it's cobbled together for the perfect bite every time.
The wonderful thing about a cobbler is that the fruit is placed in a single layer at the bottom of a baking dish, and the drop-biscuit cobbler topping sits right on top. It comes together quickly, in one baking pan, and is super forgiving with its rustic charm. You'll have the perfect summer dessert in no time!
3 reasons why plum cobbler should be the dessert you make next
- Outside of dessert, you can also have this for breakfast if you really wanted, it pairs nicely with a warm cup of coffee.
- This is an easy dessert recipe (15 minutes of prep time) that's incredibly wholesome and delicious to the core.
- You can use any variety of plums (yellow plums, as seen in the pictures, or the more common purple plums) or substitute/add other fruits as you wish. Peaches, apricots, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries would all go well in this recipe. Whatever's fresh and delicious!
Ingredients to make plum cobbler
There are two parts to your grocery list: the fruit filling and the cobbler, which we'll break down here. The best part is you probably have most of these ingredients at home already!
To make the fruit filling:
- Plums: For this plum cobbler recipe you'll need 8 cups of plums, cut into quarters. This recipe was tested using yellow plums, however, any variety of plums will work well.
- All-purpose flour: You'll coat the plums using ¼ cup of all-purpose flour. Just enough to absorb some of the plum juices and create that glossy, thick, coating.
- Granulated sugar: Add ½ cup of sugar to the plums to give them a nice sweetness. Even if the plums you're using are a bit tart, the sugar will help with that.
- Vanilla: 1 tablespoon of vanilla will provide a floral, earthy, sweet flavor to the plum filling.
To make the cobbler topping:
- All-purpose flour: 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour will be the foundation of the cobbler topping.
- Granulated sugar: ⅓ of a cup will do!
- Baking powder: This is the rising agent that will bring some lift and lightness to the topping.
- Sea salt: Add just enough to balance all the sweetness.
- Butter: you'll work 8 tablespoons of butter into the cobbler topping to give a buttery, rich flavor to the drop biscuits.
- Milk: ½ cup of milk will bring the topping ingredients together just enough so that you can hand-shape round biscuits on top of the plums.
- Whisked egg white + coarse sugar: Reserve these to brush on the cobbler for a gorgeous shine.
What type of plums should I use to make plum cobbler?
- This plum cobbler recipe calls for 8 cups of sliced plums, so depending on the size of the fruit that would be about 12 plums.
- This recipe was tested with fresh yellow plums that have an amber inside, however, you can use whatever variety is available to you. The nice dark purple plums will give you the beautiful gem color for this dessert, while the yellow plums will produce what you see in the pictures. Red plums have bright reddish insides so will add a nice pop of color, too!
The perfect recipe to make plum cobbler
To make this plum cobbler recipe, follow this step-by-step guide (you'll be pleased with how easy this will be!).
- Prepare the plums: Once you quarter the plums, mix them with flour, sugar, and vanilla and put them into a greased baking dish.
- Make the cobbler topping: Start by whisking the dry ingredients together. Then, work the butter in with your finger tips or a pastry cutter just until it's crumbly. Then you'll add the milk and stir it until it becomes a sticky dough.
- Make the hand-shaped “biscuits”: Form the dough into several flat biscuits and pop them on top of the cobbler. It doesn't need to be perfect or uniform, that's part of the cobbler's charm! If you want your cobbler to be shiny with a slight crunch, brush some egg white on top and sprinkle it with sugar.
- Bake: Now pop the cobbler into the oven and bake it until it's golden – just under an hour. Make sure to let it rest for a few minutes before you serve it with ice cream!
Can I make this a plum crumble instead of a plum cobbler?
Sure! The plum cobbler recipe will essentially stay the same, however, you can omit the milk from the topping so that you are left with a crumbly, well, crumble. Spread it evenly across the plums and bake.
What can I serve with plum cobbler?
A delicious scoop of vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream would be divine! You could also dust icing sugar or cinnamon on top.
How should I store plum cobbler?
Once cooled, you can transfer it to a container with a lid and place in the fridge for up to 3 days. You'll notice when reheating that the texture may change. You can also freeze plum cobbler, again with a slight texture change once thawed, but it will keep in the freezer for a couple of months.
- 8 cups quartered plums (see notes)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 8 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup milk
- Whisked egg white + coarse sugar (to brush on the cobbler)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with butter. In a large bowl, mix the plums, sugar, flour, and vanilla and then transfer them to the baking dish.8 cups quartered plums, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and work it into the flour with your fingertips or a pastry cutter until it is dry and crumbly. Add the milk and mix just until it forms a dough.1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon sea salt, 8 tablespoons butter, ½ cup milk
- Flatten out small handfuls of the dough and arrange them on top of the plums. If you'd like, brush a little whisked egg white on top of the cobbler and sprinkle it with coarse sugar.Whisked egg white + coarse sugar
- Bake the plum cobbler for 45-55 minutes, until the cobbler topping is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the topping comes out clean. Let the cobbler rest for 10 minutes before serving it.
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