I might have gone and done something amazingly silly, but I don’t regret it. I only regret that I’m the only weirdo in Real Life that seems to think this dish is perfectly normal. Either way, it’s delicious, and that’s what matters most! We’re now on the very edges of stormy season by the look of things, and there’s nothing better than pulling this dish out of the toasty oven and munching in pajamas.
For this dish I had lots of inspiration over the weekend and week past. I went on a bit of a investigative spree regarding cobblers because I was confronted with so many delicious recipes. I still want to do justice to all of those I’ve come across but this recipe is based on one by Wholehearted Eats since I’m a sucker for rye (even though this recipe is GF). I was also low on sugar because I don’t normally have lots of stock, which is why I didn’t make a variation of this divine looking Cast Iron Cherry Cobbler, but you can bet your socks that’s happening soon!
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup GF oats
- 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup sugar/sweetener of choice
- Cinnamon + nutmeg galore
- 4 TBSP coconut oil, chilled
- 1/3 cup + 4 TBSP non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 4 cups zucchini, thinly sliced
- 2 cups whole strawberries, sliced thinly
- 3 TBSP NuNaturals Simple Syrup
- 1 TBSP cornstarch
- 2-3 TBSP lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200C and spray a 8″ square pan.
- Mix your berries, zucchini, starch, syrup and lemon juice thoroughly and then bake for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix your dry ingredients and let the cider and milk curdle in a cup.
- Cut your coconut oil finely and then mix it with the dough with your hands until it all resembles large crumbs.
- Add your milk and stir til just combined, then dollop heaped TBSP servings evenly over the zucchini-berry mix. I got 8 heaps but you can do less for bigger biscuits.
- Bake for 25 minutes and serve immediately if you like! I didn’t have ice-cream but that would have been amazing with this, especially some sort of fudge toffee ice-cream. Mmmm.
Seriously, squee! Some of my favourite things all in one steamy, deliciously tasty pan of yum? You can easily use WW flour for a non-gluten-free version, but I had a bag of almond flour I wanted gone and it just adds different tones to the dish. For extra oomph you can add 2 TBSP of carob/cacao and a few TBSP of carob nibs to the dough and let that work its magic.
Admittedly Man-thing was rather perplexed by this dish. I asked him to chop the veggies for me (since he has a finer touch than I and will cut them neatly), so he was probably expecting something savoury, but honestly this combo works for me! The berries and zucchini have natural moisture which soaks into the bottom of the cobbler biscuits and makes them flavourful and a delight to munch. When you’re a vegetable nerd like myself there’s no boundaries for where veggies can go!
I also figured that not everyone can or wants to have cups and cups of just fruit underneath a cobbler, because many people (candida, diabetes) have issues, but still deserve a sweet treat! Man-thing suggested that for the more squeamish one could grate the zucchini or use pumpkin and carrots underneath, which are all equally viable options (and now I’ll have to make them all…for science!).
On a note of sadness, I broke my smoothie bowl this morning whilst trying to be productive and wash dishes. Lesson: let Man-thing do the dishes! Those are first world problems though. When I went to the cat shelter yesterday I saw a 13 year old cat in the hospital whose chart said “excellent condition”. It was rather weird until I heard that he was dropped off the evening before with a R50 note. This is apparently the second time he’s been abandoned/given away, and it was heartbreaking to see how depressed this cat was. I sat and cuddled with him for a while and he was purring and being super affectionate, but you can tell when a cat is confused and sad. I wish more people would think beyond the immediate “cute!” and see that these creatures either need to be part of your family or not live with you at all. 😦
Soon enough, however, we’ll be in our new poz and then we can foster and socialize cats again! I’m so excited for that because it’s really an amazing feeling to see a cat blossom and become self-confident. Unfortunately one can’t adopt every cat, but I can try and give them as much love as possible. ❤
What are your favourite cold-weather snacks between meals?