The weather is getting cooler and the nights are starting to draw in, thoughts are turning to recipes baked with seasonal fruit and spices.
Apples and blackberries are a classic combination and I often make apple and blackberry pies and crumbles. For a change, this is a cobbler and uses buttermilk and melted butter in the ‘cobbles’ which makes the topping very tender and moist.
The sweet fruit and spices all baked together makes the kitchen smell wonderful. The finished cobbler has sweet, juicy fruit on the bottom and the gently spiced topping is soft on the inside and a little crusty and golden on the top. It’s the perfect alternative to a crumble or a pie and really easy to make.
Although the temptation is to dive straight in the finished pudding, it’s best to leave it to cool a little before serving as the filling is incredibly hot straight from the oven.
3-4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 punnet of sweet blackberries, washed
Juice of half a lemon
150g brown sugar
A pinch of ground cloves
250g self-raising flour
150g butter, melted
A little melted butter for brushing
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C/375°F and butter a baking dish
Place the sliced apples, spices, cornflour, lemon juice and sugar in a pan and heat gently. When the sugar has melted and the juices thickened a little, place into a bowl and gently stir in the blackberries.
Place into the buttered dish and prepare the topping.
For the topping, place the flour, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and mix together. Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted butter and buttermilk. Stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.
Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, or two spoons, drop spoonfuls of the batter over the fruit and top with a little extra brown sugar.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until the cobbler is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the cobbles comes out clean. When the cobbler is removed from the oven and still hot, brush the top with a little melted butter.
This is best served warm and is good with ice cream, custard, whipped cream, or just on its own. It’s also good cold the next day.