Cobbler thyme

illustration by mark stivers

Every home cook needs at least one super simple recipe that can be busted out for any important occasion but that still impresses. Generally, I rely on this simple cobbler recipe. It’s not a cobbler in the traditional sense in that it has that biscuit-like topping, but that’s simply what I’ve always called it. Any spring or summer fruit can be used, from strawberries to figs, though I find a mix makes for a more intriguing dish (peaches and raspberries are a particular favorite). The real secret, though, is the addition of thyme. Just trust me on this. Thyme in fruit desserts is one of the most epic food pairings ever.

Whisk together 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of sugar and then add in 1 cup of milk. Next, whisk in one stick melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons chopped, fresh thyme. Pour into a buttered baking dish. Add in 2 cups of chopped fruit (berries can be whole). Sprinkle on a few tablespoons of sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown on top. Try it. I promise this will become a new favorite dish in your repertoire.