Plum Cobbler

Plum Cobbler

So Miss Thing left yesterday to visit family for about three weeks. She can be difficult sometimes, but I always hate it when she goes away. However, the upside is that now that she’s left on her trip, things should start settling down for a little while and I might actually be able to post regularly again. Atleast – until we leave for Boston. We’re going to be traveling to Boston during the latter half of July, and although I’m planning to try and blog while in Boston, I’m not sure how successful I’ll be. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

Plums

We ended up having to schedule the Boston trip for the very next day after Miss Thing gets back from San Diego. I’m not thrilled with the timing – she’s always kind of a brat when she first gets back to begin with, and she wasn’t keen on the idea of going to Boston, so this is really going to make for an interesting day. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to purchase the tickets earlier when there were more seats available for the el cheapo fare for later in the week, so we had to work with what we had. Getting the tickets was a whole big aggravating snafu of a process, anyhow – but hopefully the trip will go smoothly. We’re talking about making a trip out to Salem while we’re out there, and there’s a few other places I’ve been thinking about – but I’d love suggestions if anyone has them! I’ve never been to Boston, so I’m hoping to really explore the local flavor.

Sliced plums

Speaking of flavor, I guess I should get back to talking about this cobbler – I received about one and a half pounds of plums in my most recent FFTY box, (that I haven’t posted about yet, so don’t ask, because it makes me very sad that I haven’t been able to do a weekly update for a while), and wasn’t really sure what to do with them. I mean, I like plums, but we also received peaches and nectarines and a bunch of other fruit, (Summer fruit rocks, btw) so I was pretty sure we wouldn’t really get to the plums in terms of snacking on them. So late one evening, I decided to try and make something a little different – a cobbler. I’ve never made a cobbler before, but after the Pie-a-palooza lately (see here, here, and here), a cobbler seemed like just the thing to mix things up a little bit.

Flour and Brown Sugar mixture

I wasn’t really sure how the plums would turn out in a cobbler – I did a little googling, but didn’t really find any plum cobbler recipes that appealed to me. So I decided to cobble (heh) something together from a few different recipes and just wing it. And, I just gotta say. Wow. Wowza. And Wowzilla. This cobbler has to be one of my all-time favorite desserts EVAH. The plums were tart and sweet and perfectly contrasted with the cobbler. When topped with vanilla ice cream, it was purely sublime. In fact, I’m sad that I don’t have anymore plums so that I could make it again – because it was insanely good.

Dish Plum Cobbler

As an added bonus, it’s dead-simple to make, and I’m sure it could transition to just about any fruit, really. Although for firmer fruits like apples you might want to pre-cook them a little bit, and depending on how sweet the fruit, you may want to adjust sugar levels as neccessary.

Spoon Plum Cobbler

While I was making the cobbler, I realized that I was out of regular sugar. Rather than making a special trip to the store, I opted to use some vanilla sugar that I already had made. If you’ve never made Vanilla Sugar before, you have to try it next chance you get. Making Vanilla Sugar is easy – simply save a couple of scraped vanilla beans (such as from making Vanilla Pudding), and put them in a large jar. Cover them with sugar, and let sit for a day or so, shaking to combine as neccessary. Within 2 days or so, you will have lovely vanilla-infused sugar that you can use anywhere that you want to add a little punch of vanilla. I like to use vanilla sugar in my coffee sometimes, when I am in the mood for a sweet coffee, or occassionally in another recipe, like this cobbler. When you start to run low, just add more sugar to the jar (or more vanilla beans, as neccessary).

Boat of Plum Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs Plums, sliced (appx 5 cups)
  • 6 tbs Sugar (I used Vanilla Sugar, but regular sugar would works just dandy – see above paragraph)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla, divided
  • 6 tbs butter, cut in to pieces + extra for buttering baking dish
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Milk

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Butter a 2 qt Casserole dish
  • In a bowl, mix together the sliced plums, the sugar and 1/2 a tsp of the vanilla
  • Pour the fruit mixture in to the buttered casserole dish
  • Set aside
  • In medium sized bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt until combined
  • Cut in the butter until crumbly
  • Add the milk and then the remaining 1 and 1/2 tsps vanilla and gently stir until moistened (batter will be lumpy!)
  • Pour batter over the fruit and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until cobbler is golden brown and fruit is bubbly
  • Serve with Vanilla Bean Custard Ice Cream (if desired)

Detail Plum Cobbler

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