Kickin' at the Cobbler Stones

Posted by Adam | Posted in , , | Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ok, Halloween was awesome. My very good childhood friend threw a party, and we had cops, nurses, lumberjacks, ninjas, ladybugs, all sorts of cool characters. Everyone got along with each other, and there was just good vibes all around. Ever go somewhere and the energy is just so positive you feel it? That's how it was. Well, maybe a giant bonfire gave off some energy too :)

So anyways, it's back to the baking. With the holiday now being done, there are sad looking pumpkins everywhere. Houses are packing up their orange and black colors, and now pumpkins are being smashed, Billy Corgan style.

This is a special announcement. If you have any spare, unsheathed pumpkins around... do not smash them... EAT THEM :)

So that's how today's recipe got started. I sliced up, peeled, and boiled an entire pumpkin. As the house was littered with pumpkin guts and seeds, I noticed two things...
  1. Cutting up pumpkin is hard work and requires Napoleon Dynamite type knife skills
  2. Canned pumpkin is not actually pumpkin, but butternut squash... how crazy is that?
So I boiled and mashed an entire Jack O' Lantern, and ended up with like a huge pot of yellow puree mush. What to do? I do love pumpkin pie (my favorite Thanksgiving pie next to Apple) but I'm not feeling it. I thumbed through Dorie's book for inspiration, and came up with... Pumpkin Spice Apple Figtastic Cobbler. Nope, I'm not a mad scientist on Halloween or any other day, I'm just a little crazy off pumpkin fumes...
Step One - Filling
Pumpkin Spice Apple Fig Cobbler
Recipe by Adam
For the Filling:

-2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree (canned or fresh... if you want actual pumpkin)
-2 Apples, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces

-3/4 cup packed brown sugar

-1/2 cup dried chopped figs
-1/2 cup raisins

-1 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1/4 tsp cloves

-Zest of one lemon

Cobbler Topping:

-1 1/2 cups AP flour (or 3/4 + 3/4 whole wheat and AP)

-1 tablespoon baking powder

-3 tablespoons packed, brown sugar
-1/2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp allspice (or cinnamon)

-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cold as ice, and cut into pieces

-1/2 cup milk (nonfat or whatever you have)


Preheat your oven to 375*, and position a center rack in the oven. You can preheat it now, or in between the filling and cobbler making process.


To make the filling: In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, and all the other ingredients together, folding and especially making sure the sugar and spices are evenly distributed. Feel free to taste it, and make spice and sweet adjustments as necessary.

Pour the filling into a buttered 8x8 pan, and smooth over the top with a spatula.
Meanwhile, make the cobbler topping. In another bowl, measure out and add the flour(s), salt, spice, and baking powder. Mix evenly, and add the ice cold butter. I use my hands, and mix the butter and flour together until they form a disorganized mess of coarse sand and butter pieces. Add the milk, and mix with a spoon/spatula until the dough comes together and is kind of soft and sticky. Knead for a bit to make sure it's all together.

Tear off pieces of dough and roll into small balls with your hands, about the size of the golf ball. Place on the pumpkin mixture in the pan, you should end up with like 16-20 pieces of dough on the pan.
Bake for about 35-45 minutes, or until the cobbler is bubbling, and the dough is golden brown. Take out, let cool for a bit, and serve it up baby.
Step Two... Cobble and Bake
Step 3... Slice and Scoop
And that about says it all...

Was this better than pumpkin pie? Umm... it's a different kind of good. My pumpkin pie doesn't have apples or raisins, so this was a nice, delicious change of pace. I think it tastes like Fall, and without all the twigs and leaves in your mouth. I've eaten leaves before (party related) and this is nothing like that :)

So that's it for today. If you're American, get out there and vote! I know it's the lesser of two evils... like it is every year... but at least we live in a country where we can voice our opinion. That's something to never take for granted, and I always think back to what our forefathers had to sacrifice some 200+ years ago. Stand up and be counted, good buddies :)
Cobbler

Comments (33)

How about I have a big bag of pumpkin guts in my fridge...right now. I'm just going to have to make this cobbler. I think I'll use 100% whole wheat flour ('cause it was on sale!) & the fig/orange mixture leftover from the kids' cooking class (BTW, our cookies were a hit!).

I we would all LOVE to hear these leave eating stories. Oh yes indeed.

I voted via mail last week. The hubby immediately canceled out my most important vote. He's totally not gettin' any. S'aright, I still think my guy is gonna win. ;)

Let me guess, you went as a nurse to the party? I think I talk in the name of all when I say we want pictures! I bet you're enjoying your time at home!

I like your cobbler! I like it a lot! I can think of tons of things I would do with that amount of pumpkin puree. Have you finished it all or are you going to see here some more pumpkin love soon?

Glad you had a fun Halloween! The cobbler looks excellent! Glad you didn't waste the pumpkins!! Happy Voting day to you too!

"...and now pumpkins are being smashed, Billy Corgan style."

You never cease to amaze me with your clever, witty commentary, haha!!! Love it :0)

DAAAAMN that cobbler looks good. Yum.

This looks amazing! Wow, I never knew that about canned pumpkin. I usually use canned because I don't like doing all the work.Maybe I should cut up a few of the ones we have on our porch.

great post! the cobbler looks stupendous. i'm not sure if that means stupid, or delicious, so i'll just say it looks delicious, definitly not stupid :)

yessssssssss I'm off to vote now as a matter of fact. glad your halloween was cool.

Seriously! Canned pumpkin is butternut squash? Thatz cheating! :)
You bake a mean cobbler, those dollops look adorable. And love love love figs.

Oh my goodness! This is fantastic. I sure do wish I could have some now!

Wait, it's not really pumpkin :O So that's why I love butternut so much haha And yes, we have a deal. We can eat the pancakes before going to a Steelers game.

Sure looks quite fallish and yummy. I'd take a piece w/ a scoop of vanilla!

getting crazy off of pumpkin is my kind of crazy...looks totally yum!

Soooo - I'm all over anything that ends with the word cobbler! This looks great!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

I love it when you make your own recipe: adding your own creative touch to make it yours. That's true baking my friend.
I hate to say it, but I'm not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but I do love the puree. So, I would totally eat this; the topping is the best. You know I need to think of a way to make a pumpkin pie that I would like. I just think it's sooooooo boring, sorry lol

Oh Adam. I wish I could have a piece of this beauty...It looks tasty. Great recipe!

I vote for more cobbler! Good stuff. I've never thought of using pumpkin (canned or mutilated) for a cobbler recipe before, I'll have to give this one a shot.

That's very interesting to hear that canned pumpkin is not actually pumpkin! Also nice to know you've eaten leaves......

I have to refute the statement that I have mad artistic skills. I know we're our own worst critic, but I think it looks like an 8 yr old decorated my cookies :(

Really? Butternut squash? O well, I love both, but now I feel like I have to go out and buy a pumpkin to make some authentic pumpkin muffins or not.. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to cut through the pumpkin unless I throw it on the floor or something.

Anyway, that cobbler looks amazing! I especially liked that last pic.

um, i've eat leaves before too (not party related).

nice work on the cobbler. i didn't get a pumpkin this year - instead i got a big green gourd looking thing. not sure it would be as tasty as yours looks...

hahaha, glad it tasted better than LEAVES! and i'm jealous of all your halloween fun :)

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Wow, I've never heard of pumpkin cobbler before! CrAzY.

Is canned pumpkin really butternut squash? What?

Fig cobbler? No, wait it gets even better than that: pumpkin, apple and spices!!! I'm over the moon with your cobbler

He's back and he's kicking b__t! Great recipe dear one. There's nothing like cooking up some fresh pumpkin. It looks and sounds divine sweetie. Send me a slice.

canned pumkpin is not actually pumpkin but butternut squash? thats so weird. but funny :)
btw, ur cobbler looks fantastic.

The cobbler is vunderful dahlink... check out Cooking in Cleveland's post about pumpkin - she's got it down to a science and I'm on a mission to collect the left overs from Halloween and fill my freezer with puree. Me likey pumpkin....biscuits work too. Maybe I'll fill my face with all the goodness before you guilt me on Fitness Friday.

A cobbler has never seen the inside of my oven. Gasp. How can this be, you ask? I have the book, I love to eat... I'm as puzzled as you are. But never fear, that will soon be remedied my friend.

what a great looking dessert... looks so yummy... i'm glad you had fun... :)

Fantastic looking cobbler! You should save yourself the trouble of cutting up pumpkin and start roasting them instead of boiling. Just cut it in half and roast it at 375 until it's soft. You can scoop the seeds before or after cooking.

Great looking cobbler and a nice flavour combo. Yum!

Great looking cobbler and a nice flavour combo. Yum!

Yum, great concoction :)! I like how you used so many seasonal ingredients. I've yet to use a fresh pumpkin...little did I know the canned stuff wasn't exactly it :D!

Thanks for the post!! I used to be picky about drinking water - if that's even possible! Haha. I have to add squeeze of lemon to it. But I am much better now.