With summer (aka berry season!) approaching, we’re all thinking about delicious ways to bring fresh seasonal fruit into our baking. It’s understandable if you’re wondering about the difference between cobblers and crisps or buckles and crumbles, because regional variations can be confusing and blur the lines. They’re all equally delicious, but here’s a look at the nuances that make each one unique!
Cobblers get their name because the dollops of batter or biscuit dough are dropped on top of a bed of fruit, puffing up to look like cobblestone streets. (Who knew?!) With roots tracing back to the 1850s (when most paved streets were probably cobblestone), it was defined in 1859 as: “A sort of pie, baked in a pot lined with dough of great thickness, upon which the fruit is placed; according to the fruit, it is an apple or a peach cobbler.”
When this cakey dessert rises in the oven, it actually rises around the fruity center, making it buckle into the middle. It’s delicious either hot from the over or cold. Buckles can even be baked up for easy breakfast servings, which we love.
Crumbles & Crisps
A crumble is a dish of baked fresh fruit, with a streusel crumb topping. The topping is usually made with a dreamy combination of butter, flour and sugar, with the option to include nuts.
Like a crumble, a crisp is a baked fresh fruit dessert, but the streusel topping is less dense and typically includes oats. The oats will crisp up during baking, while crumble toppings stay more dense and cakey.
Take a look at this grilled pear and cranberry crumble! For a crisp, go with a tart-yet-tasty combination of rhubarb and mandarin, or pop a few mini pear crisps on the grill during your next outdoor dinner party.