As soon as January starts each new year, it marks the start for many of us of new resolutions, new beginnings and changes that we challenge ourselves to keep going as the year progresses. January also means that for many of us it is not the best month financially after the extra costs that December brings. I know myself that the start to the new year is always one where I try really hard to keep to my meal plan and budget for food shopping, because money is tight following Christmas.
In the colder months I do love a fruit crumble, there is something comforting about the warm fruity sweetness mixed with the buttery crunchy topping – mmmm just thinking about a portion served with ice cream or custard is making my mouth water! In the warmer months of the year, however, I do like to treat myself to a cream tea once in a while because a home made scone topped with jam and clotted cream (or even just butter if I were having one at home) goes down perfectly with a hot cup of tea – mmmm again!
Therefore, what better dessert to have in the summer than a fruit cobbler – a combination of a crumble and a scone and when served with Cornish clotted cream oh my it is just heavenly and a lovely pudding to serve at this time of year, if you use fruits that are in season here in the Bristish isles. My cobbler uses strawberries and apples but you can use any combinations you like, raspberry and sweet peaches or nectarines would be good, maybe plum and almonds or even just apple – anything goes really and at the moment there are so many different fruits available to buy. I added a little twist to my cobbler as I added some elderflower cordial to my scones and with the fruit, which I think made a wonderful addition to this dessert.
So here is my Strawberry, Apple & Elderflower Cobbler
- 300g strawberries - cut in half if big
- 6 medium to large eating apples , sliced and cut into chunks (or slices of you prefer)
- 2 tbsp elderflower cordial
- 100g unsalted butter
- 200g self raising flour
- 50 g caster sugar
- 100ml natual yogurt
- 30ml elderflower cordial
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- Pre heat the oven to 180 oC / 160 oC (fan)
- You will need to use an oven proof dish to place it all in as you would a crumble
- Place all the fruit in your dish and add the cordial - if you have a sweet tooth you could add a little sugar but I didn't
- In a mixing bowl, add the flour and butter (which needs to be cold and cut into cubes) and rub together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs (about 5 minutes)
- Stir in the sugar and then add the yogurt and cordial and mix with a knife to make a dough
- Divide the dough into 6 balls and place on top of the fruit
- Scatter the remaining sugar over the scones
- Place in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes until scones are cooked
- Serve with your choice from clotted cream, pouring cream, ice cream or custard!!
This was beyond yummy and made a lovely change from a crumble and for my first ever cobbler I think it turned out rather well, even if I do say so myself. Well I have to actually, as my boys would not try it and my OH took one mouthful and declared he preferred crumble!! *stomps about a bit* Well, I can assure you it was delicious and if I ever get any cobbler loving family for lunch one day, I will make it again!
This would be a perfect pudding to make during the Commonwealth games which are starting very soon in Glasgow (6 days to be exact!). It can be cooking in the oven while you enjoy watching the sporting action, and then watching the athletes work up an appetite and smelling the fruity aroma from your kitchen, you are bound to be ravenous by the time it is cooked! It is very exciting to think that the UK is hosting the games and fingers crossed that Team GB makes us very proud 🙂
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I was sent a voucher towards the cost of making this dessert.
|take care not to scratch the non stick surface of the pan – use non metallic utensils to protect it and make it look new for longer|
Serve with vegetables and enjoy
I only had 1 scone but the OH had two so you may wish to serve potatoes too – depending on how hungry you are or how many scones you like!
I have to be honest I have never made a cobbler before but it was really nice and so tasty and a lovely change from pasta or potato! This will be made again!
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I was sent the casserole dish for the purpose of this review. The recipe is my own and was created especially for this feature. All comments made are my own and honest.
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