Pie, Cobbler, Tart, Crumble?

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Cherry blossoms in full bloom are a breathtaking sign that spring has sprung in Washington, DC and with spring comes the promise of warmer weather, sunnier skies and fresh berries — cherries included, of course! There’s no more delicious way to enjoy fresh fruit and berries than in a delicious dessert. Today we’re talking cobbler, crumble, tart and more to inspire you to take advantage of the fact that there’s more to fruit desserts than pie.

Pie — Pie has a bottom crust topped with a filling. It’s baked in a pie plate, which should have sides that are sloped and are a couple of inches tall. Some pies are topped with a second crust, which is pinched together with the bottom crust to create a seal. Pies can be sweet or savory.

Tart – Tarts have a crust that’s thicker than a pie crust. They’re baked in tart pans, which are shallow with ridged or fluted edges. Tart pans have removable bottoms so a baked tart can be removed from the pan and placed on a platter for serving. Tarts never have a second crust and can be sweet or savory.

Cobbler — A cobbler has no bottom crust. The fruit is placed in a dish (it can be made in a pie pan or a baking dish), then topped with dollops of biscuit dough or batter.

Crumble — Like cobblers, crumbles don’t have bottom crusts, but instead of a biscuit topping the fruit is topped with a streusel-like mixture that becomes crumbly when baked. A crumble topping is typically made with a mix of flour, oatmeal, sugar and melted butter.

Buckle – A buckle is an upside down cobbler of sorts. It has a cake-like bottom topped with fruit. As the buckle bakes, the cake rises and the fruit falls to the bottom of the dish, buckling the cake.

Grunts — Grunts are named for the sound they often make as they’re cooked. They’re basically cobblers that are cooked on the stovetop instead of being baked. As the steam escapes from underneath the crust it makes a grunting noise.

Galette — A galette is a flat, freeform, rustic treat. Dough is rolled out thinly, then topped with a fruit filling. The edges of the dough are folded over the filling and the galette is baked on a baking sheet.

Give this Double Crunch Cherry Crumble a try! The name alone is like a love song to your taste buds. Consider this a bionic version of your typical crumble. The rich, cherry filling is topped with an almond and cinnamon streusel topping with a bonus crumble layer in the center.

Bring the fruit to a boil after adding the cornstarch. The cornstarch needs the heat to start thickening.

Be sure to place your ramekins on a baking sheet to catch any juices that might overflow as they bake.



Pastry Brush

Baking Sheet

Medium Pot

Wooden Spoon

Medium Bowl

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Making a crumble topping

Making a slurry



  1. I always make cobbler with the biscuit on the bottom. It bubbles through and comes out moister. Sometimes I plop a little biscuit batter around the top too.

    • That sounds delicious, Caroline!! I love sharing these interesting little facts but I also appreciate hearing what different families call these treasures. I have a cousin who is also a chef who makes her cobbler with the crust on the bottom, too!

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