Saturday, 2 November 2013

A taste of Autumn - Plum and Ginger Cobbler

NaBloPoMo 2

Autumn truly is a wonderful season, a close second to Winter in my opinion and only because of Christmas!
Autumn is a time to get outside and enjoy Nature's playground; there is so much to see and do. It's also a season to embrace the harvest and from that come all the delicious kitchen smells and flavors. There is not much that beats the smell of a stew slow cooking when you come home from a walk, or the taste of french bread, buttered and dipped in a warming vegetable broth. But in our house autumn means fruit pies, crumbles and cobblers, hot from the oven with ice cream, custard or cream.

So I thought for day 2 of NaBloPoMo I would share with you my recipe for Plum and Ginger Cobbler.

Plum and Ginger Cobbler

Plum and  Ginger Cobbler...now where's the custard?

Prep Time:  15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves :  4 hungry people and one little person in our house!

Ingredients

1 kg plums
2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 inch fresh grated ginger

Topping 

75 g cold butter, unsalted
175 g self raising flour
60 g soft brown sugar
1 medium egg, beaten
100 ml whole milk


Instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
  2. Wash the plums, then halve and stone them. Place in your dish and scatter the grated ginger over the plums, drizzle with honey and sprinkle cinnamon evenly over.
  3. Time to make the topping; cube the butter and rub in the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4.  Mix in the sugar and add the milk and egg, stir gently until you have a soft dough. Spoon the dough onto the fruit, it doesn't have to be in a smooth layer and if you have bits of fruit showing through don't worry as the dough will spread when cooking.
  5. Brush lightly with milk and scatter over a little sugar. Place the cobbler in the middle part of the oven and bake for 25 - 30 mins.
  6. The cobbler should be a lovely golden brown colour. Serve warm with cream or custard. 

Substitute the plums for apples and blackberries or rhubarb and pears.

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