Cobbler? Crumble? Buckle? Betty? Let's talk fruit desserts!

    If you read our blog regularly (which we hope you do!),  You are well aware of our love of fresh fruits and veggies. Especially when we have the time to go to our local farms and pick them ourselves! Jocelyn and I recently cooked at an event, and the homeowners have beautiful, sweet green grapes in their backyard. They were gracious enough to let us take some, and I was very excited to take them home and make something. I also was able to get my hands on some fresh pears, and wanted to combine the two!

   I absolutely love apple crumble, and thought that would be a great method for putting these fruits together. I started thinking about the crumble/cobbler conversation, what were the actual definitions of these traditional fruit desserts? I found some great information!

COBBLER

Cobblers usually have a biscuit topping that looks like cobblestones. If it's made in a skillet on the stovetop, it's sometimes called a slump or grunt. 

CRUMBLE

This combo-baked fruit with a streusel topping(my fav!)-is sometimes called a crisp, particularly when the topping contains oats.

BUCKLE

The streusel topping on this cake-like dessert sinks a bit in the oven, creating a buckled look-hence the name.

BETTY

This old fashioned dessert, supposedly named after a home cook, has buttery breadcrumbs on top of and underneath the fruit.

    I hope this has de-mystified the difference between these wonderful treats. Now, go out and pick some fruit and make one! I mixed up a few recipes I looked at, but after a little research, decide which method looks the best for your taste and go for it!

I used: 3 cups of fruit. Tossed it with fresh juice from one lemon, 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg ( 1 tsp. each), and a tablespoon of cornstarch.  For the streusel I whisked 1/2 cup each flour and rolled oats, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, a little more cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Then with my hands, mixed in a half stick of softened butter until crumbly. I put the fruit in a 8x8 glass dish, poured the topping over and baked it at 375 for about 30 minutes until brown and bubbly! add some ice cream and enjoy warm.

Victoria-XO