Chocolate and Mixed Fruit Cobbler
You ever have that feeling that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never catch up with everything on your to-do list? Thats kind of where I am. I thought that I would have more time this last week for blogging, but unfortunately, it just hasn’t worked out as well as I’d like – although on the plus side, I have managed to make some sublime dishes lately, assuming I ever manage to get them posted…
The inspiration for this dish started with the fruit I received in this week’s FFTY box. Most of the fruit I received was in good condition, but I ended up with quite a few pieces that were… uhm… in less than perfect condition. Rather than throw them away, I decided to make a mixed fruit cobbler with them. Unfortunately, when all was said and done, I only had about four cups of fruit – about a cup less than I would like. I could have pulled out some of the other fruit from my box – but then I had a moment of pure inspiration.
You see, a couple of week’s ago – Miss Thing was having one of her moods and in an effort to improve the situation, I offered her a couple of pieces of chocolate – Valrhona Feves, to be exact – since I had a jar in the pantry that I was saving for a special occassion, and it was easier to open the jar and pick out a couple of pieces than it was to go out and get something else. So I told her to have a couple of pieces, then put it away. A few days later, I looked at the jar and realized it was half empty(!) She’d eaten a heck of a lot more than a couple. I was livid, but there wasn’t anything I could do – there was no longer enough to make cookies with them. Which is where the inspiration comes in – when I was looking at the sliced fruit – I remembered the feves in the pantry, and had one of those ‘aHA!’ moments, and decided to try stirring them in to the fruit for the cobbler.
Of course – if I had chocolate in the fruit, then I had to have chocolate in the crust, right? So after some twiddling with the ingredients, I hit upon a perfect balance of chocolate and fruit, and the results amazed me beyond all my expectations. The dark chocolate of the feves, with the sweetness of the fruit, all melted together, was to put it lightly, absolutely divine. Even Mr. Man (who normally doesn’t like chocolate) thought it was “pretty good”, which coming from him, is very high praise for any chocolate-containing dish.
- 4 cups Sliced Fruit; (I used a mixture of Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines, and Fig)
- 1/2 cup Butter + extra for buttering baking dish
- 1 cup Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 2 tsp Vanilla; Divided
- 3/4 cup and 3/8 cup Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt; divided
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 3 oz Dark Chocolate Feves (Or other high quality dark chocolate, chopped in to chunks)
- Preheat Oven to 350° and butter a 2 qt Casserole dish
- In a bowl, mix together the sliced fruit, chocolate feves (or chocolate chunks), the 3/8ths cup of Sugar, 1 tsp of the vanilla, and 1/4 tsp of the Kosher Salt
- Spread fruit and chocolate mixture in to the buttered casserole dish
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, the remaining sugar, and the remaining salt
- Cut in the butter, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs
- Stir in the milk and remaining vanilla and stir until just combined (mixture will be lumpy)
- Pour over the fruit in the casserole dish, spreading evenly
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until crust in the center of the pan is set and fruit is bubbling
- Serve Warm