This unique fig cobbler recipe is a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and buttery. Using fresh figs and cheddar cheese pastry, this classic American cobbler is bound to become a family favorite, but it is still sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party. The fresh fig halves are baked with sugar and lemon juice along with a beautifully aromatic blend of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, the fig filling is topped with a homemade cheddar cheese pastry dough for a flaky golden crust. The sharp cheddar is the perfect match for sweet figs. You can even adapt this recipe to using apples instead of figs for a truly classic American dessert.
- For the Fig Filling Ingredients:
- 5 cups peeled, halved fresh figs (about 2 ½ pounds)
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg (or allspice)
- 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine)
- For the Cheddar Pastry Ingredients:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup solid all-vegetable shortening
- ¼ cup (1 ounce) cheddar cheese (shredded)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Arrange figs evenly in a lightly greased 10 by 6 by 2-inch baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.
- Combine sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg or allspice. Stir well and sprinkle over figs. Dot with butter.
- For the cheddar pastry, combine 1 cup flour and salt in a medium bowl.
- Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
- Stir in cheddar cheese. Sprinkle cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, evenly over surface of dough. Stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Shape dough into a ball and chill 1 hour.
- Once chilled, roll pastry out to ⅛-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 10-inch by ½-inch strips. Arrange in a lattice pattern over figs. Trim edges.
- Bake cobbler for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve fig cobbler warm or at room temperature as is or with a dollop of homemade whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Recipe Source: California: Williams-Sonoma New American Cooking by Janet Fletcher (Time-Life)
Reprinted with permission.
Williams-Sonoma "New American Cooking" is a six-volume series focused on narrating contemporary regional American cuisine through gorgeous photography and delicious recipes. The series includes publications that span from the Southern United States to New England, and, of course, the west coast with a special focus on California. This super fig cobbler recipe was originally published in California.
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