Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reinventing A Classic

This morning I woke up feeling a little blue and overwhelmed by the normal stressors of everyday life. In my world, there is really only one remedy for days like this and that is baking. After receiving some suggestions from friends of things that I should bake, I decided to take a classic cobbler recipe that has been in my family for years, and add the twist of using plums. A good friend passed on a hint that plums are the new "it thing" to use in baked goods, so why not give it a shot?! And so it began, Sarah's Saturday baking Extravaganza.

At the store I purchased two different types of plums to use in my cobbler, black and classic red. After washing a total of seven fairly good sized plums, I sliced them thin and placed them into a large mixing bowl. With the plums, I incorporated:
- the zest and juice of two lemons
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp cinnamon
-dash of salt

Next, I got out my best cobbler baking dish (circular with pretty high sides) and melted one stick of unsalted butter straight into the dish. While the butter was melting in the microwave, and the oven was pre heating to 375 degrees F, I combine:
-1 cup of sugar
-1 cup of all purpose flour
-1 Tbsp baking powder
-1 cup milk
-A cap full of Amaretto (optional)
*Stir ingredients well, but leave some lumps in this batter.

I then poured the wet mix into the cobbler dish featuring the melted butter and simply threw the marinated plums right on top of the wet mixture. After topping the whole thing with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar, I baked for about 40 minutes until the crust had come up around the fruit and was a golden brown color.

This cobbler came out better than I could have ever hoped for. The lemon is a perfect combination with the sweet and juicy plums. I can't wait to share this new creation with my friends and family and I hope that anyone adventurous enough will try this wonderful recipe out for themselves :)

As always, Happy Baking!!

1 comment:

  1. I don't know which made my mouth water more....the yam cookies or the plum cobbler. Man, my dear are good! Not only as a creative baker but as a food easy to follow and understand. Makes it all look so easy. Great job! XO