It's July, the middle of summer, and I know, pears aren't generally the first fruit to come to mind this time of year. But I bet you didn't know that California Grown pears are just starting to come into season. Fresh picked, early summer Barlett pears are as sweet as candy right now. In this Pear Berry Cobbler, I combine the first pears of the season with juicy, peak summer berries for a laid back and superbly summery dessert.
I am a big fan of combining seasonal fruits in my desserts and this beautifully illustrated seasonality guide from California Grown helps me visualize what fruits work together and when. Plus, the vibrant color palette inspired me to mix green Barlett pears with blackberries and raspberries in this Pear Berry Cobbler recipe! It's so pretty, I may just print it off and hang it on the wall in my kitchen.
The Bartlett pear tree arrived in California by 1849, brought West by prospectors during the Gold Rush era. The idyllic climate and fertile soil of California proved to be just right for pears. Since then, California has grown to be one of the nation’s top suppliers of pears. California Pear Farmers have become leaders in sustainability by taking an intentional, long-term approach in how they care for the land, environment, resources, workers and communities where they live and work. Knowing this, I seek out California Grown Pears when I am shopping at the market. You can use this handy “How to Know If It’s From California” guide to spot CA Grown produce at your local grocer.
For me, summer desserts are all about showcasing that peak of the season fruit in a low key way. This Pear Berry Cobbler makes the most of the summer with fresh and crisp Barlett Pears and juicy, bursting berries. For this recipe, I adapted my Grilled Nectarine Shortcakes by making itty bitty biscuits to layer on the pears and berries as a cobbler.
When baking, I like to use Barlett pears that are slightly under ripened and still crisp and green. Bartletts hold up wonderfully when baked at this stage and keep their gorgeous shape with an ever so slight bite. I don't even bother peeling them. The skin contains so many nutrients and that green color is a stunner. The pears soak in the glow and flavor of the juicy berries as they bake. Creating a lively sweet and tart syrup resting under a blanket of buttery, buttermilk biscuits. The relationship happening between the fruit and the biscuits is really something special.
The tender texture of the angel soft baby biscuits soaks up the fruit flavor without getting all soggy. Biting into the Pear Berry Cobbler is a textural journey from the craggy, sugar encrusted biscuits to the soft and jammy berries and syrup laden, melt in your mouth pears. It's basically like taking a magic carpet ride through a California summer sunset. Or at least I imagine it to be similar.
A rustic cobbler is a summer staple and this Pear Berry Cobbler is the type of casual, no-fuss recipe we all want this time of year. The itty bitty biscuits allow you to choose your own adventure when digging into the Pear Berry Cobbler. You can keep it light with a single biscuit and a bit of fruit. Or go big with 2-3 biscuits and a whole mess of juicy pears and berries. No matter what direction you choose, I highly recommend topping it with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate summer indulgence.
This post was proudly made in partnership with California Grown. All opinions are my own. It makes my heart happy to be able to share my fondness for California Grown food and I thank you for supporting me and the brands that I love.Print