Pear & Berry Cobbler Recipe

A cobbler is a scrumptious variation on a pie or crumble. Traditionally the 'cobble' topping is made from a scone dough but this one contains buttermilk and has a lovely light texture and crusty surface.

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    Prep Time

    15 mins

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    Cook Time

    30 mins

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    Cost Per Serving


Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories390 kcal


    Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food and drink. Your weight depends on the balance between how much energy you consume and how much energy you use up. If you eat or drink more than you use you can gain weight. If you don’t eat enough you can lose it.

  • Fat9g


    Your body wouldn’t function without fat. Fat is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet. It provides fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. But as fat is a rich source of energy (calories), it can easily contribute to weight gain.

  • Saturates4.5g


    On average as a nation it seems we’re consuming too much saturated fat. Eating too much can increase your cholesterol, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk of heart disease.

  • Carbs73g


    Starchy foods like bread, breakfast cereals or potatoes are a good source of carbohydrate and should make up just over a third of the food you eat. When eaten, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which is used to fuel cells in your body like brain and muscle cells. Some people think starchy carbohydrates are fattening, but gram for gram it contains less than half the calories of fat. Choose whole grain or high fibre varieties where you can as they often contain more nutrients.

  • Sugars39g


    On average in the UK we eat too much sugar. Foods and drinks high in sugars are not needed in the diet. So if you have them, make sure they're infrequent and in small amounts, or you risk tooth decay or obesity.

  • Protein8g


    All cells and tissues contain protein, so it’s essential for growth, repair and good health. Protein from animal sources such as meat, fish, eggs and dairy products contain all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) needed by the body. If you're vegetarian or vegan, you can get the protein you need through eating a variety of different plant sources such as pulses, nuts and cereals.

  • Salt1.2g


    A small amount of salt is needed in your diet but too much can raise your blood pressure, which increases risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke. Adults shouldn’t eat more than about 1 teaspoon (6g) per day – and that includes salt already in the foods you eat, not just the salt you add, so check nutrition labels on food packs.

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  • 6 ripe pears, about 1kg, peeled, cored and diced
  • 250g frozen autumn or summer berries
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 100g plain flour
  • 125g wholemeal flour
  • 50g rolled or porridge oats, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
  • 25g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 240ml buttermilk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Toss together the pears, berries and sugar for the fruit filling in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Spoon into an ovenproof dish.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients for the cobbles. Make a well in the centre and add the butter and buttermilk then mix together to make a sticky dough.
  3. Drop large spoonfuls of the dough onto the fruit. Scatter over the reserved oats then bake for 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is tender. Serve warm with a scoopful of vanilla ice cream.

Cooking Tips

  • Buttermilk give the cobbles a lovely flavour and texture but if you have difficulty finding it, mix together a 150g carton of low fat yogurt and 90ml of milk for a good substitute.
  • Bramley apples are a cooking apple and have a wonderful tart flavour and pulp down brilliantly, which makes them the ideal choice for apple sauces and purées. Although they are seasonal they can usually be found most of the year round and can be used in this recipe instead of the pears – for 1kg you will need to use 150g sugar.

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