15 Cobblers, Crumbles & Crisps

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15 Cobblers, Crumbles & Crisps -- a delicious collection of recipes from food bloggers | gimmesomeoven.com

When it’s June and it’s already a sweltering 90 degrees, turning on my oven is the last thing I wanna do. Instead, we make BLT salads and Alice Waters’ ratatouille for dinner, and sometimes homemade ice cream for dessert. Easy, oven-free territory. My only exception? Cobblers, crumbles, and crisps. (Also known as my favorite buttery, bubbling vessels for enjoying fresh summer fruit.) For those, I will gladly turn on my oven.

But in case you’re like Ali and me, and occasionally get confused about what makes a cobbler a cobbler, or a crumble a crumble, we thought we’d break it down for everyone today. Honestly, we find ourselves mixing up the names of these fruity crispy desserts quite often, and that doesn’t even include delving into pandowdies, brown betties, slumps, bonkers, grunts and buckles — oy! (And yes, those are actual names of desserts!)

Alright, here’s your culinary vocabulary lesson for the day:

Cobblers: Traditionally, cobblers are deep dish baked fruit desserts, with either a thick biscuit or cake-like pastry. In cakey cobblers (think Bisquick), the fruit and its juices bubble up, interspersing with the doughy mixture. Historically though, cobblers have a biscuit topping, often spooned and dropped on top the fruit mixture, in a rustic fashion (like a cobbled street, hence the name.)

Crumbles & Crisps: There’s not much of a discrepancy among these two, they’re pretty interchangeable. Both are made with fresh fruit, sprinkled with a streusel topping (sometimes containing nuts), and baked until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is, well, crisp. The streusel in crisps is typically made with oats, whereas the streusel in crumbles isn’t. Crumbles are also originally of British origin. Both are a simpler, lazy answer to pie, and they’re delicious.

So you say crumble, I say crisp, let’s not call the whole thing off. We love them all, especially when they’re made with fresh farmers’ market fruit, and served up with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. So preheat the oven, turn on the fan, grab a spoon and dig in!

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Raspberry Crumble | eatlittlebird.com

Rhubarb, Strawberry & Raspberry Crumble | Eat, Little Bird

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler | aspicyperspective.com

Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler | A Spicy Perspective

Sour Cherry Berry Crisp | bloggingoverthyme.com

Sour Cherry Berry Crisp | Blogging Over Thyme

Caramel Apple Crumble (gluten free) | bakerita.com

Caramel Apple Crumble (gluten free) | Bakerita

Easy Blueberry Crisp | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Blueberry Crisp | Gimme Some Oven

Maple Sugar, Bourbon, and Brown Butter Peach Crisp | bojongourmet.com

Maple Sugar, Bourbon, and Brown Butter Peach Crisp | The Bojon Gourmet

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler | twopeasandtheirpod.com

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler | Two Peas and Their Pod

Mixed Berry Crumble | bakersroyale.com

Mixed Berry Crumble | Bakers Royale

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp | julieseatsandtreats.com

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp | Julie’s Eats & Treats

Grandma's Peach and Blackberry Cobbler | foodiecrush.com

Grandma’s Peach and Blackberry Cobbler | FoodieCrush

Individual Cherry Almond Crumbles | siftandwhisk.com

Individual Cherry Almond Crumbles | Sift & Whisk

Strawberry-Raspberry Cobbler | applesandsparkle.com

Strawberry-Raspberry Cobbler | Apples and Sparkle

Ginger Peach Crumble | gimmesomeoven.com

Ginger Peach Crumble | Gimme Some Oven

Grandma Bea's Blueberry Cobbler | number-2-pencil.com

Grandma Bea’s Blueberry Cobbler | No. 2 Pencil

Stovetop Rhubarb-Cherry Crisp | kitchenconfidante.com

Stovetop Rhubarb-Cherry Crisp | Kitchen Confidante

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