Chocolate and Berry Cobbler

September 7, 2011

I love this transitional period from winter to spring. The past few weeks have been a joy; sun kissed days, gentle day breezes and the air around my yard now permeated with a subtle scent of geraniums and roses. Hayfever symptoms aside, the weather so far has been awesome.

This dessert pays a little homage to both winter and spring: a simple comforting cobbler with gorgeous vivid spring berries and a chocolate pastry. I decided to go all out and made a chocolate crème anglaise to go with it but of course, a vanilla custard, double cream or ice cream would be equally amazing.

I prefer to bake this in a flatter dish because I like a good ratio of pastry to fruit but you can use whatever bowl you like. Oh and if you have any leftover baked berry filling, it makes a killer topping on ice cream or yoghurt. Heck, this cobbler makes for an extremely naughty breakfast.

Aaaand this is why you need baking paper on the tray!


Chocolate and Berry Cobbler
Serves 4
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Chocolate Pastry
  1. 150g plain flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 50g caster sugar
  4. 50g brown sugar
  5. 3 Tbl Dutch cocoa (about 20g)
  6. Pinch of salt
  7. 125g cold unsalted butter, chopped
  8. 100g sour cream
Filling
  1. 500g mixed berries*
  2. 150g caster sugar
  3. 2 Tbl plain flour
  4. 1 tsp lemon rind
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract

  6. *I used 250g strawberries, 125g blueberries and 125g raspberries (1 punnet each)
Instructions
  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.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/
Chocolate Crème Anglaise
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Ingredients
  1. 150ml pouring cream
  2. 100ml milk
  3. 1/2 Tbl of brandy
  4. 1/2 a vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  5. 3 large egg yolks
  6. 75g caster sugar
  7. 80g dark chocolate, finely chopped
Instructions
  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.
Citrus and Candy http://www.citrusandcandy.com/

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Choc Chip Uru March 15, 2012 at 07:31

This cobbler looks fabulous! I love especially the delicious custard serving side recipe :D
Thanks and nice to meet a fellow Australian :D

Cheers
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Effie Mckay December 11, 2011 at 11:21

Chocolate is good in any season come on, and with berries, it’s HEALTHY, man! Thanks so much for posting the recipe. These pictures are amazing – really show off the cobbler. Oh I would definitely enjoy this with a good dollop of ice cream!
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Vivian - vxdollface September 25, 2011 at 14:24

ohmy that looks so good! must be healthy cause of all the berries :D

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Natalie September 21, 2011 at 10:18

Oh wow this looks fantastic!!
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Cassandra @foodmyfriend September 20, 2011 at 21:25

Your photos are beautiful. I’m loving the Spring weather too, but haven’t managed to avoid the hay fever!

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Naddie September 18, 2011 at 22:51

A bunch of friends were coming over and i couldn’t think of anything to make till i stumbled on your blog! I tried making this yesterday and it turned out awesome!
I don’t have a food processor (those things cost a bomb), so i chilled the flour+sugar+cocoa mixture first before rubbing in the fat. It turned out well.
Thanks so much for posting the recipe. =)
Best wishes from now a hazy Singapore.

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Citrus and Candy September 21, 2011 at 15:34

Hi Naddie, thanks for your awesome comment! I’m so thrilled that you and your friends enjoyed it! :D

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Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen September 14, 2011 at 13:35

I just swallowed a bit….

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catty September 12, 2011 at 18:34

That looks soooooooooooo good! Chocolate is good in any season come on, and with berries, it’s HEALTHY, man!
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billy @ A Table For Two September 12, 2011 at 10:22

Hmm so shexy….. looks like you’ve been busy! the blog has changed!
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penny aka jeroxie September 9, 2011 at 21:56

Why do I visit your blog so late at night? Torture!
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Citrus and Candy September 9, 2011 at 23:45

Hehe sorry for that Penny. This is why I have a strict no-blogs-after-midnight rule. It’s just too much for the cravings lol.

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Erin@TheFoodMentalist September 8, 2011 at 19:04

Looks beautiful, love the photos, the recipes and the idea :)
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mademoiselle delicieuse September 8, 2011 at 16:22

Am I not visiting your blog enough? I keep detecting little changes each time I’m here…

Loving the extra touches of colour =)
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Citrus and Candy September 8, 2011 at 16:35

Hehe you know me Rita, I’m always restless. And yay for colour! Must be the Spring air :)

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Lisa September 8, 2011 at 13:46

Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! Love the combination of chocolate and berries :)
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heather September 8, 2011 at 10:44

Toward the end of summer cobblers trend toward the monotonous for me, but OH I never thought to make one with chocolate biscuits! Many, many thanks for your what I imagine will be a killer new dessert once I make it. I’m sure my fiancee will be licking the spoon, bowl, etc. Beautiful presentation in both dishes as well.

Cheers,

*Heather*
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mykitchenstories September 7, 2011 at 20:28

Perfect, chocolate overload….. with berries
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Christina September 7, 2011 at 18:46

*stomach rumbles…*

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thelittleloaf September 7, 2011 at 16:36

Nothing wrong with eating this for breakfast, I would! Love the combination of chocolate and berries…almost looks like a gooey fruity bread and butter pudding. Another gorgeous post :-)

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Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi September 7, 2011 at 14:26

These pictures are amazing – really show off the cobbler. And you have won my heart with using berries and chocolate instead of the usual stone fruits.
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Allison September 7, 2011 at 13:07

When I saw this post in my feedreader, I did a double-take because I just posted something very similar, quite possibly at almost exactly the same time that you posted this. ^_^

Except that yours turned out WAY better than mine did. Infinitely better than mine… I’m bookmarking yours in hopes that my second attempt at a fruit cobbler/crumble turns out much better than my first attempt did. ~_^ This looks so delicious!
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Charlie Louie September 7, 2011 at 12:32

Beautiful images and I LOVE a dessert that combines chocolate and berries
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Natashia@foodonpaper September 7, 2011 at 10:48

This looks amazing!! Seriously good…
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Steph September 7, 2011 at 10:19

Oooh pretty, you did the heart shapes! I say yes to gooey, naughty breakfasts!
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Nic@diningwithastud September 7, 2011 at 10:12

Ooh I’ve never had cobbler before. Its mentioned in almost every American movie but I’ve never actually eaten it. It looks and sounds delicious! Perfect breakfast for spring ;)
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chocolatesuze September 7, 2011 at 10:07

aaaaand this is why i shouldnt look at your blog when im hungry

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leaf (the indolent cook) September 7, 2011 at 09:14

Oh I would definitely enjoy this with a good dollop of ice cream!
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