The baker in me is getting a wee bit confident and I am looking forward to whipping up some summer desserts in my kitchen. I went to Shillong after almost a decade and glimpses of my childhood came rushing back. We have spent many a summer in this quaint little hill station , aptly called the ” Scotland of the East ” with my aunt and my cousins in their cosy cottage. Even after making endless trips to the serene Wards Lake – where it was a joy to feed the fishes or Lady Hydari Park – where just running round and round made us happy., we would be left wanting more.I tried reliving many of those nostalgic memories along with my 7 year old this time around. We both have come back thrilled and have made our own memories now!
One more thing that defines those days for me are the red juicy , sweetest plums that are available in abundant there.Every nook and corner would have a Kong ( That’s how the khasi ladies are addressed) selling freshest of plums plucked from her garden. I relished those plums and also got some back with me to Kolkata in the hope to turn them into something delicious.
This Plum Apple Cobbler recipe is as easy as it can be. A cobbler is something in between a pudding and a cake – if I put it in simple words, it is both. I added apple just to add some texture to the pudding , rest I just followed a basic crumble recipe.
- Plums - 4-5 - cored and sliced
- Apple - 1 medium - cored and peeled and cut into thin slices
- Sugar - 2 tbsp + half cup - I used brown sugar - regular sugar is also fine.
- Lime juice - 1 tsp
- Flour - 1 cup
- Baking powder - 1 tsp
- Butter - 50 gms
- Egg - 1 - lightly beaten
- Milk - 2 tbsp
- Cinnamon powder - 2 tsp
- Cashewnuts - for garnish
- In a pan , add the sliced plum, apples, 2 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp lime juice and put it on low heat to simmer.
- Cover and let it cook for 10- 15 mins till the mixture gets mushy and get a coarse jam like texture.Remove from heat and keep aside.
- In another bowl , sift the flour and baking powder. Add the butter and using your fingers mix it into the flour till it resembles bread crumbs. Now add the sugar, egg and milk and mix everything together into a thick batter.
- Grease 6 ramekins or a medium sized baking dish.
- Pour the plum apple mixture into each bowl-half filling it. Now pour the flour batter on top and garnish with chashewnuts.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 180 degree C.
- Serve warm