The weather is turning chilly in Canada and it’s the time of year I like to make comfort food. Cobbler is a favourite dessert my mother made when I was a child. The cobblers she made were usually full of tart plums or fresh blueberry and on occasion we’d have sweet peach. Blueberry mango cobbler is a version of her best recipe. Local blueberries mingle with tropical mango for a unique and tasty combination. You can serve the cobbler on its own or add coconut ice cream if you like fruit mixed with a creamy filling.
Cobblers like crisps are quick and easy to prepare, taste delicious, and are adaptable. If you don’t like mango try adding peaches or shake up the flavours and use cherries, strawberries or blackberries. Use what you have in the freezer or what is in season.
Since the local blueberries are finished bearing for the year this recipe uses a mixture of wild and regular blueberries that I picked and froze. You can purchase frozen blueberries and mango from the grocery store if you don’t have any in the freezer. Frozen fruit is usually cheaper than fresh during the winter and the nutrients and taste are amazing.
If you use fresh fruit the recipe will be just as tasty but you will have to watch the baking time. It will take significantly less time to cook. Try looking at the recipe after 20 minutes to see if it is cooked. If not put the cobbler back in the oven for 5 or 10 minutes and watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn.
The topping and the fruit filling are tart in this recipe. If you like a sweeter filling
This is a quick and easy way to make pizza when you don’t have time to make pizza dough. Baking biscuit pizza uses biscuit dough topped with your favourite ingredients. Try experimenting with unusual ingredients for a unique flavour all your own.
This show piece for your Christmas table takes some time to make but the recipe isn’t hard. Use your imagination to decorate the tree stump. You can be traditional and make it look like a tree or you can be more abstract as in my example. Either way the chocolate icing against the light and airy cake is delicious.
This pumpkin pie recipe is my mother’s and I can’t count the number of times we’ve baked this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The custard has the perfect balance of cinnamon and ginger and is fantastic served with vanilla whipped cream or ice cream.
Christmas Fudge is rich and creamy and a delectable treat. It’s easy to make and the spicy flavour can be adjusted to your taste buds. For a different seasonal flair try pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger.
Christmas candy cookies are simple to make and delicious. You can use most forms of Christmas candy in the batter or for a change use glazed fruits, dried cranberries or maraschino cherries. Enjoy with a hot cup of cocoa or mulled cider.