In my relentless recipe search for all things pumpkin to fill the Thanksgiving table, I discovered Pumpkin Cobber, and have never looked back. It’s pumpkin pie sans the crust, instead with a sweet, soft puffy cobbler crust that cradles the spiced pumpkin filling. Another holiday Bijouxs just in time for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin pie is always one of the absolute favorites on thankful holiday tables, but I noticed something, and not just peculiar to me; the pumpkin pie filling is usually eaten first, leaving the crust behind. Now, some pies absolutely demand a crust, but pumpkin pie with its rich, creamy spiced filling just felt like it needed a lighter touch. Enter pumpkin cobbler.
Pumpkin cobbler is really a two-bowl recipe – mix the filling in one bowl, the batter for the crust in the other. Next, pour the batter in the prepared baking dish, and top with the pumpkin filling and bake; then the magic begins. The cobbler batter rises up and surrounds and covers the pumpkin filling, sometimes leaving little windows on the top with which to peek at the creamy pumpkin filling.
The recipe makes a 3-quart cobbler that serves about 10 guests. You may halve the recipe, or bake two smaller cobblers if you like, just adjust the baking time for the smaller cobblers, to about 45 minutes, the time will vary according to the depth of the baking dish used; the deeper the cooking vessel the longer the baking time. Some tips: For the filling, I first mix the eggs in the bowl, then add in the rest of ingredients and I use a large ladle to layer the pumpkin filling over the batter. I like to make the batter in a mixing bowl with pour a spout, it makes is so easy to distribute the batter evenly over the bottom of the baking pan. I always serve Pumpkin Cobbler with freshly whipped cream, for me that only will include a little vanilla and no sugar.
This year’s Bijouxs holiday table theme is rustic and simple, as defined in the photo shoot for Pasadena Magazine. The Bijouxs team created the rustic tablescape utilizing a gray weathered wooden picnic table, heirloom pumpkins, pomegranates and simple white serving pieces adorned with apricot garden roses. The pumpkin cobbler is served on majolica plates, a pattern echoing the natural theme and creating a gracious ending to a thankful holiday meal.
A heartfelt thank you from Bijouxs to everyone. There is so much to be thankful for in the Bijouxs kitchen this year. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.
As always, enjoy. B