Boysenberry and Plum Cobbler

INGREDIENTS:
makes one 9 x 13-inch cobbler
  • 2½ lb small plums
  • 13 oz boysenberries
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1¾ cup (230 g) + 2 Tbspn all-purpose flour
  • 2 tspn baking powder
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • ½ cup (115 g) heavy cream, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 Tbspn (15 g) crème fraîche
  • ½ cup (115 g) whole milk

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 230° C.
  2. Quarter and pit the plums, resulting in about 2 lb of plum flesh. Combine the plums in a bowl with the boysenberries. Toss with the coconut sugar and 2 Tbspn of all-purpose flour. Spread the fruit in the bottom of one 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1¾ cup (230 g) of flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream and crème fraîche. Gently fold the cream into the flour mixture, being careful not to overmix. When incorporated, gently fold in the milk in three additions, resulting in a sticky mess rather than a uniform dough. Gently form the dough into a loose ball. Break off large hunks of dough and place on top of the prepared fruit in the baking dish. Brush the tops of the scone dough with heavy cream.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the cobbler is golden on top. Remove from the oven and let cool briefly before serving. Serve warm, with a dash of cream or a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Chocolate and Berry Cobbler

INGREDIENTS:

Chocolate Pastry
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 3 Tbl Dutch cocoa (about 20g)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 125g cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100g sour cream
Filling
  1. 500g mixed berries (250g strawberries, 125g blueberries and 125g raspberries (1 punnet each))
  2. 150g caster sugar
  3. 2 Tbl plain flour
  4. 1 tsp lemon rind
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
METHOD:
  1. In a food processor, blitz the flour, baking powder, sugars, cocoa and salt until combined. Add the cold chopped butter and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add sour cream and process until it just comes together. Pat into a flat disc and refrigerate for 30 minutes (dough will be quite soft).
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a shallow tray with foil or baking paper. In a large bowl, carefully toss the berries, sugar, flour, lemon rind and vanilla together. Divide amongst 6 small ramekins or one large baking dish.
  3. Roll out the chocolate dough to 5mm thickness and use a round cookie cutter to cut out discs (larger 5-6cm rounds if you’re making one big serving or smaller rounds for the ramekins). The dough will warm up quite quickly so work as fast as you can before it softens up. If it does warm up too much, stick it back in the fridge until firm.
  4. Layer the discs of dough over the berries, overlapping slightly. If you wish, brush a little milk over the dough and sprinkle some demerara sugar for an extra bit of crunch.
  5. Place on baking tray and bake for around 30 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the dough is cooked (tops will be a bit dry and crispy and a skewer will come out clean when inserted).
  6. Serve warm with a side of custard, chocolate sauce or ice cream.
Chocolate Crème Anglaise
INGREDIENTS:
  • 150ml pouring cream
  • 100ml milk
  • 1/2 Tbl of brandy
  • 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 80g dark chocolate, finely chopped
METHOD:
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, scald the cream, milk, brandy and vanilla seeds, stirring the bottom so the milk doesn’t burn (scalding means until bubbles appear at the sides). Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick. While continuously whisking, add a little of the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs then gradually add the rest.
  3. Tip this mixture back into the pot and over low heat, stir constantly until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon (77°C).
  4. Remove from heat, add the finely chopped chocolate and sit for a minute or two. Whisk until smooth and combined.
  5. Pour out into a bowl and cover the surface with clingwrap to prevent a skin from forming. Serve warm or cooled as a custard.