Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

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You simply have to try this delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler. It is an easy dish and it has some great flavors that are perfect for Spring’s rhubarb season or whenever you can get your hands on the stuff. Combine it with some strawberries for a great filling and a delicious topping to get some full fledge mouthwatering magic. Try this easy, tasty, and sweet Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler today.

One serving of Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with a side of ice cream and garnished with a few leaves of mint. This is served in a white bowl with a silver spoon.

Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler Basics

A really simple dish that has great flavor. A cobbler generally has two parts and that is no different here. First, there is a tasty strawberry-rhubarb filling.

For the filling, it is a matter of just combining the filling ingredients. The only thing that could take a little time is slicing the strawberries. Even that is a really quick process. 

Then, we have the cobbler topping, which is a basic flour and sugar combination. We add in a little melted butter and milk to help bring it to the right consistency. Once the cobbler topping is made, we hand patty them into small circles and place them on top of our filling. 

Finally, we bake it. A quick trip in the oven and then we have our Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler!

Size Of Dish To Use

We have a set of beautiful Corningware dishes and for this recipe, I am using the 1.5 Quart casserole dish [Affiliate Link]. It fits our filling perfectly and is a nice dish for this kind of baked good, but if you don’t have this particular dish, there are others you could use.

A 9×9 baking dish would work fine for this. I think the 9×13 dish might start to be getting a bit big, so use this one at your own discretion. It isn’t really rocket science though, right? You need enough filling to cover the bottom and then enough dough to cover the top. As long as you can do that, you should be alright!

The Filling Is Very Forgiving

We are talking about fruit and sugar. It is pretty hard to mess up such a great combination. If the amounts of fruit are off slightly, it shouldn’t make a huge difference in flavor, but I do advise to stick with the recipe. 

I add a few additional things to the filling that I feel add a bit of extra awesome to the dish. Cornstarch helps ensure that any liquid in the filling thickens and becomes a bit more sauce-like rather than a mess. Both the lemon juice and the cinnamon add a small kick of flavor to the dessert. 

I decided to add molasses, as I feel a Cobbler to be a bit of a southern dish and molasses just feels right for a dish that is southern to me. It adds a depth of flavor and an interesting twist on dessert. I suppose I could have used brown sugar instead of molasses and sugar, but the simple truth is that I ran out of brown sugar.

Don’t fret too much about the filling, as it is very forgiving. We are baking up a sweet mess of awesome and while I always think it is a good idea to follow recipes, remember what we are dealing with. We are adding sugar, sweet fruit, and things that complement sugar and sweet fruit. 

Cobbler Topping

If there is anything tricky about this Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler, it is the topping. It isn’t that the topping is even that hard to make, but I think it is important to embrace imperfection when dealing with a cobbler topping. My nature is to try and make things uniform and crisp. This dough can be somewhat uneven and crumbly. 

Imperfection is great in this topping. Unlike my Apple Pie Crust where the ingredients are finicky and the process is paramount, the cobbler topping begs for imperfection. We put together our flour and sugar topping and form them into patties, which then get placed on top of the cobbler.

We don’t want our patties to be formed into perfect discs. We love cracks, crumbles, and all the beautiful little tidbits that might fall off the side when forming them. Imperfection is fine and I think that can be hard for some. We expect uniformity and recipes to turn out exactly the same, but maybe it doesn’t need to be that way.

Dough Consistency

When mixing your dough, the consistency we want is that it should be solid enough to be able to form a ball, but crumbly enough to fall apart if you mess too much with the ball. There is no need to spend a bunch of time kneading this topping. Just mix it up and get your hands in there to bring it to our desired consistency. There is a picture lower in the post that shows what mine looks like. 

Forming the Topping

We are making six little patties and plopping them down evenly across the cobbler. This recipe makes six pieces, so maybe each piece has it’s own little patty? It doesn’t need to be that way, but it makes sense.

If crumbs fall off of your patty, that is ok. If it cracks when you lay it down, that is ok, too. There is nothing about this that needs to be perfect. This is a flour, sugar, and butter mixture. How could it really go all that wrong?

The Extra Bits and Crumbs

If your recipe went anything like mine did, you have a bunch of little crumb-left overs. Don’t throw them away! Gather them up and sprinkle them over the top of your baking dish. They are great little tidbits of flavor and there is no need to waste anything

Strawberry Rhubarb Process Pictures

Process pictures 1 - 3 (described below) of making our Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler.
  1. Pictured is the consistency of our dough. It should be thick enough to put together in a firm ball, but crumbly enough where it can fall apart fairly easily.
  2. Here we have one of the six dough patties formed and placed on top of our filling. Spread these around your baking dish about even.
  3. In this picture, we have all of the dough patties on top and I have sprinkled the rest of the dough crumbs around the top of the dish. From this step, it is ready for baking.

Cooling and Serving the Cobbler

I would give this dessert at least one half-hour to cool before serving. It probably is still going to be warm, though, which is exactly how we want it! Warm cobbler pairs perfectly with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream! Want to really make this special with some homemade ice cream? Here is our recipe for Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

History of the Cobbler

Pie has a long history and when settlers moved from Europe to the New World, that did not change. In the New World, though, they did not have the same access to the same fruits. So they adapted and made pies with what they had.

The story goes that as early British colonists began to move West in America, they weren’t finding the same fruits that were available, so they improvised with what they could find… they cobbled it together. Also, since they did not have the same tools and equipment, they had to cobble together all of the tools.

Get where this is going? Cobblers were cobbled together.

Tips For Making this Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

  • Don’t take the cobbler topping too seriously. It will be crumbly, bumbly, and good. Imperfection is perfect. 
  • Take all the left-over cobbler topping crumbs from forming the topping and spread it evenly over the cobbler.
  • I use a shallow 1 ½ quart Corningware dish, but you could also use a normal 9×9 baking dish.
  • Consider serving warm and with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Here is a great recipe for homemade Ice Cream!
Overhead view of 1.5 Quart Baking dish full of cooked Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler and two scoops of vanilla ice cream on top, garnished with mint.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

One serving of Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with a side of vanilla ice cream and garnished with a few leaves of mint. This is served in a white bowl with a silver spoon.

A classic Spring dessert! This delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler has just the right amount of sweetness and a tang of rhubarb to make this a hit for the whole family. Add in a side of vanilla ice cream and this is such a delight.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

For Filling

  • 2 cups rhubarb, chopped and drained
  • 8 Ounces strawberry, sliced and halved
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Molasses (optional)

For Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoon butter, melted but not hot
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit
  2. In large bowl, mix all filling ingredients and set aside.
  3. In separate bowl combine topping sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add butter and mix well with a fork or spoond. It should start to be feeling like a dough.
  5. Add two tablespoons of milk and mix with fork and hand. It should be able to stay together, but may be a bit crumbly. If the dough will not stay together, add another tablespoon of milk and mix well.
  6. In a 1.5 Quart Baking dish, dump filling and spread evenly.
  7. The end goal is to have 6 patties of dough on top of the filling for baking. Take about 1/6 of the dough (maybe golf ball size) and form into a patty in your hand. We want thise patties fairly thin. 1/2 inch or so.  If it gets a little crumbly, that is 100% ok. In fact, that is good. This does not need to be perfect. Place in corner of dish.
  8. Repeat until the filling is fairly well covered with 6 patties.
  9. If there are leftover crumbles from your topping, just sprinkle them across the top.
  10. Bake in oven for 50 minutes.
  11. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes and then serve.

Notes

  • Don’t take the cobbler topping too seriously. It will be crumbly, bumbly, and good. 
  • Take all the left-over cobbler topping crumbs from forming the topping and spread it evenly over the cobbler.
  • I use a shallow 1 ½ quart Corningware dish, but you could also use a normal 9×9 baking dish.
  • Consider serving warm and with ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Here is a great recipe for homemade Ice Cream

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of Entire Dish
  • Calories: 373 Calories
  • Sugar: 55 g
  • Sodium: 185 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 73 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 21 mg

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Karen
    May 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on some rhubarb to make this cobbler – the perfect spring comfort dessert!

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