Taste the Fruit~ Patchwork Cobbler

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Patchwork Fruit Cobbler is a medley of peaches, plums, and blueberries with an easy to assemble patchwork crust made of squares of sugar-crusted pastry.

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You could use any combination of fruit in season~

I had peaches from a trip to the Farmers’ Market

and fresh red plums.

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The crust is assembled with squares of dough, cut with a fluted pastry wheel and placed in a patchwork design with openings for steam to escape as your cobbler bakes.

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Crust Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon table salt

1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

1 large egg yolk

3 tablespoons ice-cold milk

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Filling Ingredients

8 cups peeled and sliced firm, ripe peaches (about 7 large or 3 lb.)

6 cups sliced red plums (about 9 medium or 2 lb.)

2 cups fresh blueberries

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 large egg

Sanding sugar or sparkling sugar

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 Prepare Crust:

Stir together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut 1 cup butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Whisk together egg yolk and milk; stir into flour mixture just until dough starts to form a ball. (I used my food processor to pulse everything together and make the dough.) Shape dough into a flat disk using lightly floured hands. Wrap disk in plastic wrap, and chill 1 to 24 hours.

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Prepare Filling:

Preheat oven to 425°. Place peaches, plums, blueberries, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir together 1 3/4 cups sugar and 1/2 cup flour; sprinkle over peach mixture, and gently stir. Spoon into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch or shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter.

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Place dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle with flour. Place a piece of plastic wrap over dough disk. (This makes the dough easier to roll.) Roll dough to 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange squares in a patchwork pattern over peach mixture, leaving openings for steam to escape.

Whisk together egg and 2 Tbsp. water; brush dough with egg mixture. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sparkling sugar.

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Bake on lowest oven rack at 425° for 40 to 55 minutes or until crust is deep golden and peach mixture is bubbly, shielding edges with foil during last 5 to 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Transfer to a wire rack; cool 1 hour.

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You can find a printable version of this recipe courtesy of Southern Living, here.

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Enjoy the bounty of the season!

You can Taste the Fruit at the table with Lenox Orchard in Bloom, Peach and Pear Blossom, and an easy recipe for a Rustic Mixed Fruit Tart, here.

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“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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  40 comments for “Taste the Fruit~ Patchwork Cobbler

  1. August 14, 2013 at 5:30 am

    This looks absolutely delicious and very summary!

  2. August 14, 2013 at 5:31 am

    *summery

  3. August 14, 2013 at 7:10 am

    What can I say after I say yum!

    And I love that Lenox pattern.

  4. Susan
    August 14, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Yum!!! Mary, your blog is the most beautiful blog on the planet!!! It’s a treat for my eyes and I savor every photo, word, recipe and idea. Thank you for sharing your girls with us, too!

  5. RS
    August 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Love the Thoreau quote, love the landscape with fruit.

  6. Peggy Thal
    August 14, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Looks so delicious ! Beautiful combination of fruits and flavors. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream. Thank you.

  7. Cheryl
    August 14, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Mary, your Lenox pie plate is just beautiful…love how it looks in the basket setting. I would just love a bowl of that cobbler right now with my morning tea…yum!

  8. August 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Yummy, Mary! I love the simple country look of the patchwork crust!!!!
    Welcome to our “group” I heard you were a new member!

  9. August 14, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I am hosting my bunco group this month and this dessert is perfect for my crowd!…Thanks Mary…and gorgeous table as always…love the fruit patterned dish!

  10. August 14, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Yummy! Never thought of doing the crust like that. Very appetizing!🍰

  11. paula
    August 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

    ~Mary~
    Looks so yummy !! You make it look so easy to do, I can mess up boiling water , :). But I think I will give this a good try !
    Have a super day!
    Paula
    In.

  12. Kim
    August 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Yummy and what a pretty way to do the crust.

  13. August 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

    A crust with pinking shears…wouldn’t this be PERFECT for all my sewing friends?! How fun & how yummy looking…thanks for sharing the recipe & how you did it.
    Pretty arrangement, too. I adore the vignettes you create, Mary!

  14. August 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

    What a great idea for the crust; something my liitle grands can do without a redo or a fuss.

  15. August 14, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Oh my! I LOVE the patchwork crust on this cobbler! So much easier than doing a basketweave and prettier, I think! I must make this before the peaches disappear!

  16. August 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I just found a peach and nectarine crostata over at the Painted Apron and now THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in fruit Heaven right now:) This looks delicious and something I would do. I loved those plates and your presentation is always flawless. Are you part of the Kitchen tour????? XO, Pinky

  17. August 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

    mmmmmm! I guess we were both thinking delicious summer fruit pies this week! Your patchwork cobbler is delightful Mary, LOVE how you did the crust, brilliant of course! I do appreciate the tip about using saran to help with rolling out the dough~I certainly want to try this before the summer bounty disappears!
    Jenna

  18. August 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Hi Mary,

    This new take on fruit cobbler looks and sounds delicious!! I can proudly say I’ve never met a cobbler I didn’t like. :) This makes such a pretty presentation, it would be fun to serve to guests. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. I also love the Lenox Orchard pie plate — so pretty for late summer and early fall.

    I hope you have a wonderful day, Mary!

    Denise

  19. August 14, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I was wondering what I might serve to a group attending a meeting in my home ; this is just the recipe I need. You always send along delicious recipes. Thank you.
    Molly T

  20. August 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    How pretty, Mary. The pastry crust is practical and it looks pretty. :D

  21. August 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Lovely summer dessert…!

  22. Franki
    August 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Off to make cobbler….franki

  23. August 14, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I love how you cut the crust into squares…so cute.

  24. Barbara
    August 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Looks so delicious!!! Now I know what to make with the last bits of fruit that may not last another day or so.. So inspiring you are !!!!

  25. August 14, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Your cobbler is beautiful Mary! I love the fun patchwork crust, I’ll bet it tasted great:@)

  26. August 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Mary,
    I have pinned your beautiful photos for months and months and I just now realized you are from the Lake Norman area. Wow! I am also from the area and absolutely love your work. I don’t think you have a store in the area but if you do, would you let me know…I would love to visit.
    melinda

    • August 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

      Thanks so much Melinda! No I’m thankfully out of retail so no more working weekends and holidays :)

  27. August 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

    That looks very yummy.. I would have never thought plums..

  28. August 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

    very cute, love the flavor combo!

  29. August 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    That has got to be one of the prettiest cobblers I’ve ever seen!! I’m usually pretty stuck on my cobbler recipe, but this looks so good I just have to pin it to try. Thank you!!
    ~April @DimplesandDelights (visiting from StoneGable)

  30. August 15, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I’m away visiting my mom, but when I return I think a cobbler is moving to the top of my baking list. This is an adorable idea! Love Rett’s comment about the pinking shears.

  31. August 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Yum…looks super good.

  32. August 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    This looks so delicious, Mary! I love those little crinkled squared of crust. A beautiful cobbler, indeed.

  33. August 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Love the crust!

    – The Tablescaper

  34. August 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Hi Mary, this is my first visit as I followed your link from Between Naps on the Porch. That fruit cobbler definitely got my attention :D I would love to have you participate in my Patisserie Tuesdays which happen on the first Tuesday of each month. It is a party that features treats from the sweet sides of our kitchens be it handmade candy, ice cream, cookies and so on. I am adding the link from the first party so you can see what it’s all about. I do hope to see you and any friends you think might have fun baking and sharing.
    http://elisabetpollock.blogspot.com/search/label/Patisserie%20Tuesdays

    Hugs and nice to meet you! Hope to see at the September party…
    Beth P

  35. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Love the mixed fruit cobbler and how fun to crazy quilt the crust. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  36. August 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

    The cobbler looks marvelous, i must try that recipe, love the top and it seems so easy and looks so unique, thanks for sharing this recipe and your pretty pictures, I love dessert…Phyllis

  37. linda kemp
    August 9, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I love that beauty of a cobbler. I haven’t had coffee yet but wouldn’t that taste scrumptious with it!

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