Easy Fruit Cobbler

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This Easy Fruit Cobbler recipe is the best way to use fresh fruit during the summer! It’s so delicious, you will never believe how easy it is to make. Fruit cobbler is a sweet dessert that can be served warm straight out of the oven, or cold from the fridge. At my house, we like it hot and fresh from the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Are you one of those who enjoy fresh fruits? Fruits are very important for your health. In this article, we’re going to talk about the importance of fruits!

Easy Fruit Cobbler

This Fruit Cobbler recipe is almost impossible to mess up and can be made with so many different fruits! It’s a great last-minute dessert because you can keep everything on hand and have a homemade dessert in just an hour.

A Southern girl needs her cobbler, and this versatile Fruit Cobbler recipe is super simple and so easy to change with the seasons! Fresh, canned, or even frozen fruit will work for this Southern cobbler recipe.

WHAT IS COBBLER?

Pies are great, but sometimes I just want a baking dish dessert that I can make without fussing with pastry. But what IS a cobbler, anyway?

A cobbler is simply a baked fruit dessert with dough. This dish dates back further than its crisp and crumble cousins!

The first known cobbler recipe was published in What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking in 1881 and had a pastry crust and topping.

Many Southern restaurants still use pastry dough in their cobbler, usually as a top crust to break through to get to the juicy fruit.

This recipe has a more biscuit-like dough around the fruit, but you can also use boxed cake mix in a pinch for a more cakey cobbler.

WHAT’S THE BEST FRUIT FOR COBBLER

If you like it in a pie, you can make it into a cobbler!

Stone fruits and berries are the best for fruit cobblers, like peaches, cherries, blackberries, or blueberry. What you’re looking for is something super juicy.

My sister-in-law even made one with a can of pie filling and said the results were tasty and proof this is a no-fail recipe! If you wanted to try apple cobbler, that could work, too!

My family’s preference has always been a can of fruit cocktail or peaches.

If you’re using canned fruit, don’t drain it! And don’t worry about thawing frozen fruit  — it’ll just take a little longer to cook.

When using canned peaches, it works best to spread them around a bit.  See all of the juice floating on top? This is what you want when using canned fruit.

We’ve done some experimenting and our new favorite is frozen blackberries, often with extra sugar sprinkled on top of the cobbler right before it goes in the oven for some extra crunch.

HOW TO MAKE SOUTHERN FRUIT COBBLER

The ingredients will vary with your fruit, but you’ll also need butter, self-rising flour, sugar, and milk.

  1. First, start preheating your oven and melt your butter in the baking dish you plan to use for the fruit cobbler while it heats up. Keep an eye on the butter so it doesn’t burn! You can do this in a saucepan, too.
  2. While it melts, mix the flour, sugar, and milk together. Once it’s melted, add the milk mixture to the dish.
  3. Then, add your fruit on top of the mixture, trying to disperse the fruit evenly across the dish. The cobbler batter will rise to the top during baking. You can add a little extra sugar and some cinnamon now too if you want. The sugar helps make the top a little crunchier and cinnamon is always great!
  4. Then, bake until the top is golden brown and the biscuit sections are cooked through.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • The amounts given in this recipe can make an 8×8, 9×9, or a 7×9 easily. To make a 9×13, just double the cobbler recipe.
  • Use self-rising flour. I take no responsibility if you use all-purpose without adding the correct amount of salt and baking powder.
  • Do not forget to use pot holders when removing the pan from the oven to add the batter mixture. I speak from experience here.

HOW TO SERVE

I’m a purist and prefer just a big scoop of fruit cobbler, preferably with as much crust as possible.

Parts of my family have also been known to top the warm cobbler with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Mix it up and see which one you prefer!

Easy Fruit Cobbler

Easy Fruit Cobbler
  • Prep:10 mins
  • Cook:55 mins
  • Total:65 mins
  • Servings:8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
435Calories
20gFat
62gCarbs
4gProtein

(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you’re looking for something fruity and sweet for dessert but don’t want to spend lots of time peeling or coring or slicing up fruits, add this cobbler with pie filling to your repertoire.

This fruit cobbler recipe uses your favorite canned fruit pie filling: Apple, peach, cherry, blueberry, strawberry, and strawberry rhubarb are all good choices, or combine them if you like.

This cobbler was made with cherry pie filling and baked for 55 minutes. It’s a quick process of putting together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, in a bowl. The butter goes into the baking dish in a warming oven and is melted by the time the oven has preheated. Add the flour and then the pie filling and bake. It’s that easy.  

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 (20-ounce) can fruit pie filing

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients
  2. Heat oven to 350 F. Add butter to an 8-inch square baking dish or a 9-inch round baking dish and place in the oven to melt.
  3. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk in a large bowl. Mix until well blended.
  4. Remove baking dish from oven once butter has melted. Pour batter over butter
  5. Pour pie filling over top of batter. 
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until crust is golden brown around the edges. It might look buttery on top, but the butter will sink into cake as it cools a bit

Tip

  • The recipe may be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan. 

Recipe Variations

  • Streusel Topping: Combine 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar (light or dark) with 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/4 cup of chilled butter. Mix with a pastry blender to make crumbs. Add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts. Sprinkle the streusel over the pie filling layer and bake as directed.
  • Vary the flours: Use a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours, or white whole wheat. You can also mix up all-purpose flour with pastry flour for a more delicate crumb.
  • Make this gluten-free by using 1-to-1 gluten free all-purpose baking blend.
  • Add a bit of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, or nutmeg to the flour mix, depending on what fruit you are using for the cobbler.
  • Make this recipe vegan by using a plant-based milk and a vegan shortening instead of the milk and butter.

How to Store and Freeze Fruit Cobbler

Fruit cobbler will keep, covered, at room temperature for up to two days. You can store it longer than that in the refrigerator and also freeze fruit cobbler. Defrost in the fridge and reheat at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or put the frozen cobbler into a 350 F oven and bake until heated all the way through.

EASY FRUIT COBBLER

EASY FRUIT COBBLER — A SIMPLE BUT DELICIOUS COBBLER RECIPE THAT CAN BE MADE WITH PRACTICALLY ANY KIND OF FRUIT. DON’T FORGET TO TOP IT OFF WITH SOME VANILLA ICE CREAM

It is so handy to have a dessert like this Easy Fruit Cobbler in your repertoire.  Believe me, dessert doesn’t get much easier than this.

This simple cobbler takes about 10 minutes to put together. And I think it took even less time for my family to devour it.

I especially love that this recipe works well with all kinds of fruit, or even a combination of different fruits. My favorite version is one that uses a variety of mixed berries

But peaches are also wonderful. And peaches with blueberries or blackberries is another favorite combination. Really, the possibilities are endless!

And you probably have all the ingredients to make this cobbler in your pantry right now!

You can use fresh or frozen fruit in this recipe. Just note that if you use frozen fruit, you may need to increase the baking time by about five minutes.

This recipe is also a great way to use up fresh fruit that’s nearing the end of it’s lifespan. I often just toss whatever odds and ends of fruit I have into the mix and it always turns out great.

I always serve this dessert warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but a dollop of homemade whipped cream on top is delicious too.

And of course, since there is fruit in this recipe, I totally approve of having leftovers for breakfast the next day.

Even my husband, who claims not to like baked fruit desserts, goes back for seconds when I serve this Easy Fruit Cobbler. I hope you love it as much as we do!

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE EASY FRUIT COBBLER

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Fruit

EASY FRUIT COBBLER

A simple but delicious cobbler recipe that can be made with practically any kind of fruit. Don’t forget to top it off with some vanilla ice cream!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups sliced fresh fruit (or a 12-ounce package of frozen fruit)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put butter in an 8 or 9-inch square pan or pie plate and place in oven. When butter has melted, remove pan from oven.
  3. Whisk flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder and salt in small bowl.
  4. Add milk and stir to form a smooth batter.
  5. Pour batter into pan, then scatter fruit over batter. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  6. Bake until the batter browns and the fruit bubbles, about 45-50 minutes

IMPORTANCE OF FRUITS

1. Eating lots of fruit lowers the risk of developing disease

Eating fruit every day lowers the risk of so many diseases, it’s hard to list them all! For starters, a 2003 study found that eating fruit (and veggies) lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Since heart disease is the #1 killer in the US, that’s definitely a major benefit that helps us all.

In 2003, the Harvard School of Public Health also found that eating whole fruits may help lower the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Fruit can also help control your blood pressure, reduce your risk of developing certain cancers, and so much more. Some smaller preliminary studies found that it may even help prevent certain eye diseases and stave off dementia.

The bottom line, eat more fruit and you just may live a longer and healthier life!

2. Snacking on fruit makes you strong

As part of an overall healthy diet, fruit can really help make your bones and muscles stronger. A 2011 Florida State University study found that eating dried plums, in particular, can help prevent osteoporosis. Other fruits for healthy bones include avocados, cranberries, and tomatoes.

You’ll also want to snack on fruits rich in magnesium, as the mineral helps your body absorb calcium. These include bananas, most berries (black, blue and strawberries), figs, grapefruit, and even watermelon.

As far as muscles go, a 2020 study done by the University of East Anglia found that vitamin C can help you retain muscle mass. I don’t think I have to remind you that fruits are just loaded with C!

Ceramic cup with salad made from fresh fruits

3. Water content in fruit helps keep you hydrated

Certain fruits are super high in water content, which helps keep your whole body hydrated. While straight and plain water is always best, eating more fruit can help you reach your daily requirement, especially if you’re just not a fan of the plain stuff.

Watermelon is the obvious choice, as its name implies. Did you know that strawberries also have about 92% water content, though? Grapefruit and cantaloupe are also made up of about 90% water. Even apples are a good option, with about 86% water.

4. All fruit has antioxidants that combat free radicals

If you don’t know, free radicals are nasty little unstable atoms that make us age faster, damage our healthy cells, and even cause cancer. Antioxidants are substances that help fight them off. While all fruits have them to some degree, ripe fruits are especially loaded with antioxidants, according to this study.

Healthy eating, assortment of raw fruits and berries platter on the off white background, top view, copy spac

5. Fruit is high in fiber, which helps keep you fit and healthy

One of the greatest benefits of fruit is all the healthy fiber in them. According to the USDA, it helps reduce blood cholesterol levels. That, in turn, goes back to the first point- it lowers your risk of heart disease. Fiber is also super important for healthy bowels. It helps keep you “regular,” which can prevent issues like constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulosis.

Foods high in fiber and low in calories can also help you lose weight (or keep it off) because they make you feel full longer. They also control your blood sugar, which again, helps you eat less junk throughout the day.

6. Fruit is nutrient-dense, and provide our bodies with vitamins and minerals

Our bodies need so many different vitamins and minerals to stay healthy and keep going. Some of those nutrients, like calcium and potassium, are absolutely vital to our survival. For example, our hearts need both sodium and potassium to keep pumping. Fruits like avocados, figs, peaches, and kiwi are loaded with potassium.

Pretty much the entire alphabet of vitamins can be found throughout various fruits. The same goes for minerals. That’s great news, considering people all over the US have at least one vitamin deficiency. According to the World Health Organization, iron is the number one mineral that we’re lacking. Citrus fruits are a great source of the mineral.

citrus fruits

7. Fruit makes you glow!

Okay, so not in the “glow in the dark” sense. Boy, that would be freaky, wouldn’t it? By “glow,” I mean it helps make your skin look positively glorious. Remember those free radicals we just talked about a minute ago? Well, they play a major role in making us age less gracefully. The antioxidants in fruit help combat that, while the water content hydrates our skin from the inside out.

Beyond that, though, fruits with healthy fats, like avocados, can actually help prevent sun damage. Of course, you still need to wear sunscreen, but it’s always nice to have a little extra backup when it comes to fighting UV rays. Fruits rich in vitamin C are also great for your skin, as they help your body produce more collagen.

8. Fruit boosts brainpower

While all fruits are great brain boosters, a 2012 study found that berries are particularly beneficial. According to the researchers, “Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, scientists report.” I don’t know about you, but I could use all the help I can get in the memory department!

berries for brain health

9. Fruit makes you feel energized

As mentioned earlier, fruit helps stabilize your blood sugar. When your blood sugar crashes, it takes your energy along with it. In other words, too little sugar can make you feel positively exhausted, which makes sense since every cell in our body uses it for energy. While processed sugars found in junk food do far more harm than good, a little bit of it combined with the other nutrients found in low-sugar fruit is a good energy booster.

So, when you start to feel that midday slump hit, grab a piece of fruit! Just stick with low-sugar options, like avocado, guavas, raspberries, papayas, cantaloupes and strawberries.

10. Fruit keeps your digestive system happy

Everything from the fiber and water content to the antioxidants all combines to help keep your entire digestive system healthier and happier. If you want a really super digestion-support fruit, though, grab papaya. It contains papain, a fantastic little enzyme that helps break down certain types of food. Bonus, papayas also help slow the growth of some cancer cells.

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