Pear Cobbler



  • 6 Tablespoons  cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for the skillet
  • 2 1/2 Pounds  pears, peeled and cored, then cut into wedges (about 6-8 medium-sized pears)
  • 1/2 Cup  plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon  lemon juice
  •   Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tablespoons  diced candied ginger (optional)
  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon  baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt
  • large egg
  • 1/2 Cup  whole milk

Another dish that lends itself well to non-Thanksgiving preparations, this cobbler is terrific with raspberries or blackberries, depending on the season, and with mixtures of berries and apples, berries and pears, or apples and pears. It takes its name from the cobblestone appearance of the dough on top of the fruit. The addition of a spray of diced candied ginger to the fruit before you lay down the pieces of dough will yield a fragrance and fiery excellence that is very close to fancy grade.

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Butter a 9-inch cast-iron skillet or 8-inch square baking dish. Place the fruit in a large bowl, and add ½ cup of the sugar and the lemon juice and zest. Gently mix until the sugar dissolves. Transfer to the skillet and top with the candied ginger, if using.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar. Add the butter and, using a fork, work it together with the dry ingredients until the mixture is coarse. In a separate bowl, stir the egg and milk until combined. Pour over the flour and butter mixture and stir to combine into a smooth dough.

Using your fingers, place clumps of dough the size of golf balls on top of the fruit mixture, pressing down slightly to create a rough-textured, cobbled crust. Sprinkle with remaining sugar and bake until the top is golden brown, about 30-45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving. 


Calories per serving:

479 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 82g 126%
  • Carbs 517g 172%
  • Saturated 48g 241%
  • Fiber 44g 174%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 257g
  • Monounsaturated 22g
  • Polyunsaturated 6g
  • Protein 41g 83%
  • Cholesterol 381mg 127%
  • Sodium 2,404mg 100%
  • Calcium 1,360mg 136%
  • Magnesium 165mg 41%
  • Potassium 1,932mg 55%
  • Iron 17mg 92%
  • Zinc 4mg 27%
  • Phosphorus 2,007mg 287%
  • Vitamin A 731µg 81%
  • Vitamin C 85mg 142%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 147%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 120%
  • Niacin (B3) 17mg 84%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 31%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 578µg 145%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 19%
  • Vitamin D 4µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 23%
  • Vitamin K 57µg 71%
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