A traditional fruit cobbler where juicy plums are baked, topped with balls of a soft dough, and sprinkled with sugar.
Cinnamon Plum Cobbler
- Preparation time: 25 minutes
- Cooking time: 35–40 minutes
- 900 g (2 lb) plums (about 14)
- 2 tsp cornflour/cornstarch
- 85 g (3 oz) demerara sugar (⅓ cup)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 170 g (6 oz) plain flour/cake and pastry flour (1⅓ cups)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 55 g (2 oz) butter, chilled and diced (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
- 55 g (2 oz) caster/superfine sugar (¼ cup)
- 180 ml (6 fl oz) buttermilk* (¾ cup)
- * 180 ml (6 oz) (¾ cup) full fat/whole milk plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice can be substituted for the buttermilk. Just stir together and leave for 15 minutes to thicken up before using.
- You will also need a 23 cm (9 inch) (2 litre) round ovenproof dish about 5 cm (2 inches) deep.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5)
- Wash and halve the plums then ease out the stones.
- Mix the cornflour (cornstarch) in 150ml (5 fl oz) (⅔ cup) water.
- Now add to a medium-sized pan along with the demerara sugar and cinnamon. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, stirring occasionally.
- Once the sugar has dissolved, add the plums, cover the pan and simmer gently for 5–10 minutes depending on the ripeness of the plums. You want the plums to soften but still keep their shape.
- Begin making the topping by sifting the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.
- Now rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir through the sugar.
- Using a pallet knife, gradually add the buttermilk to the flour mixture to bind it together and make a slightly sticky dough. You may not need all the buttermilk.
- Next tip the plums into the dish and then dollop balls of dough on top of the plums, leaving space around each one and some of the fruit exposed. The balls of dough will expand when cooking.
- Bake for 25–30 minutes until the top is golden and then let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Updated: September 18, 2019