Pear Cobbler

Pear Cobbler
Staff Writer



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:

509 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 70 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 26 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 425 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 26 µg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 5 mg
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 3 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 9 µg
  • Ash 3 g
  • Calcium, Ca 192 mg
  • Carotene, beta 201 µg
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Choline, total 7 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 75 µg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 7 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 7 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 5 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 7 g
  • Folate, DFE 7 µg
  • Folate, food 36 µg
  • Folate, total 36 µg
  • Fructose 1 g
  • Glucose (dextrose) 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 2 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 142 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 43 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Niacin 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 178 mg
  • Phytosterols 20 mg
  • Potassium, K 315 mg
  • Retinol 7 µg
  • Selenium, Se 7 µg
  • Sodium, Na 696 mg
  • Starch 23 g
  • Sugars, total 29 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 2 mg
  • Water 209 g
  • Zinc, Zn 1 mg
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