Now that it is November, the holidays are quickly approaching. You need to shop. You need to bake cookies. You need to put up the tree. You need to make dinner for house guests. You need to bring dessert to your friend’s house. Where does all the time go? And with the time going so quickly, you need all the shortcuts you can take. I can’t help you with the shopping or the decorating, but I am teaming up with Lucky Leaf to help make your holiday baking a little less stressful. By using their pie fillings, you can make a quick and fabulous dessert to share or even give away, like this Peach and Cherry Gingerbread Cobbler. It smells and tastes like Christmas and is a nice break from the monotony of cookie trays and fruitcake. And if you keep reading, you will have the chance to win a Lucky Leaf baking kit to make your own cobbler (or pie or crisp or crumble or…) to share or give away.
I think this is my first time making cobbler. Ever. The idea of fruit with something that isn’t chocolate on top isn’t my idea of dessert. However, this gingerbread cobbler makes me wonder why I’ve never made one before, especially since it’s so easy to throw together.
What is a cobbler anyway? It is a dish where you cover the filling (savory or fruit) with either a batter or biscuits before baking. It earned its name cobbler because the top resembles a cobbled road (more noticeable when using biscuits) and because the ingredients are cobbled together (thank you Wikipedia). So now that we are both educated, let’s have a bite.
If you’re at avid reader, you’re probably going to ask why I used canned pie filling rather than making homemade. Back in the spring, I saw a recipe for gingerbread cobbler. It is April. Gingerbread is for November. Fast forward to November where the fresh fruit season is far gone, and I didn’t can any to save. Sometimes when fresh produce isn’t available, you have to cheat a little. It’s all in the name of baking a delicious, stress-free dessert.
I ended up using two types of pie filling – peach and cherry. Lucky Leaf makes other fillings, such as blueberry or apple, that would make a great substitute and pair nicely in the gingerbread cobbler. The best part is Lucky Leaf does not use high fructose corn syrup.
I served my Peach and Cherry Gingerbread Cobbler with ice cream. I love pairing warm, juicy fruit filling and sweet gingerbread with the cold, melted vanilla ice cream.
- 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf peach pie filling
- 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp clove
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup shortening
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 11×7 pan.
- Combine the peach pie filling, cherry pie filling, and walnuts directly in the pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the filling starts to bubble.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat together the brown sugar and shortening until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the molasses and egg. If needed, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in half of the flour mix until just combined. Beat in buttermilk until combined. Then finish beating in the flour just until combined (do not overbeat).
- Drop spoonfuls of batter on top of the hot fruit filling then spread into an even layer. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Cool for a few minutes then serve warm with ice cream.
Source: Adapted from Baking Basics and Beyond by Pat Sinclair
As I said earlier, Lucky Leaf is giving away one baking kit! Not only do you get pie filling and recipe cards to play with, the kit comes with a warming towel.
Update – it just a towel, like a dish towel. It is not the warming tote I have in the pictures. Sorry for the inconvenience!
To enter, leave one comment answering the following question – What would you make with Lucky Leaf pie filling? Giveaway ends Monday November 12, 2012 at midnight EST. Hopefully the kit will arrive by U.S. Thanksgiving. If you want to leave a comment without entering the giveaway, just let me know (or don’t answer the question).
Disclaimer: I was given pie filling and a tote warmer from Lucky Leaf for review only. No further compensation was given. All opinions and recipe are mine.