Spiced Fig Cobbler With Cheddar Cheese Pastry

Fig cobbler

Elizabeth LaBau

  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
415 Calories
20g Fat
54g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 415
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 553mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 6g
Calcium 152mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This unique fig cobbler recipe is a perfect blend of sweet, savory, and buttery. Using fresh figs and cheddar cheese pastry, this classic American cobbler is bound to become a family favorite, but it is still sophisticated enough to serve at a dinner party. The fresh fig halves are baked with sugar and lemon juice along with a beautifully aromatic blend of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, the fig filling is topped with a homemade cheddar cheese pastry dough for a flaky golden crust. The sharp cheddar is the perfect match for sweet figs. You can even adapt this recipe to using apples instead of figs for a truly classic American dessert. 

Ingredients

  • For the Fig Filling Ingredients:
  • 5 cups peeled, halved fresh​ figs (about 2​ 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground​ cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground​ nutmeg (or​ allspice)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or margarine)
  • For the Cheddar Pastry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon​ salt
  • 1/3 cup solid all-vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce)​ cheddar cheese (shredded)​
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Arrange figs evenly in a lightly greased 10 by 6 by 2-inch baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.

  3. Combine sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg or allspice. Stir well and sprinkle over figs. Dot with butter.

  4. For the cheddar pastry, combine 1 cup flour and salt in a medium bowl.

  5. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

  6. Stir in cheddar cheese. Sprinkle cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, evenly over the surface of the dough. Stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened.

  7. Shape dough into a ball and chill 1 hour.

  8. Once chilled, roll the pastry out to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 10-inch by 1/2-inch strips. Arrange in a lattice pattern over figs. Trim edges.

  9. Bake cobbler for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve fig cobbler warm or at room temperature as is or with a dollop of homemade whipped cream or scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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