Pumpkin Cobbler, with it’s sweet, creamy pumpkin custard base, topped with a crunchy, crumbly cobbler topping makes the perfect comforting fall dessert.
Wow! Is it that time of year already. Pumpkins are starting to show up in full force and I must admit, it gets me so excited. Fall is my second favorite time of year (Winter is my fave – yes I’m one of those weirdos). The weather is cooling down, the colors in nature are warm and comforting and all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a cup of something warm and a bowl full of this delicious Pumpkin Cobbler.
What is Pumpkin Cobbler?
Cobbler is a sweet or savory dish with a filling that is covered with a crumb or batter type topping. Cobbler recipes are typically very easy to make. There are actually a few different ways to make Pumpkin Cobbler but this is definitely my favorite. Our Pumpkin Cobbler recipe has a custard filling with a crumb topping. We start by par-baking a pumpkin custard and then adding the cobbler topping after about 20 minutes. The reason I love this Pumpkin Cobbler so much is that we end up with 2 distinct layers and 2 distinct textures.
How to Make Pumpkin Cobbler
This Pumpkin Cobbler is incredibly simple to make! The custard ingredients get mixed together in one bowl before you pour them into your prepared pie dish. It’s a very liquid mixture but don’t worry, it cooks up into a silky-smooth custard.
The cobbler topping is also just one bowl and a few minutes of your time.
Spiced Butter Toffee Sauce
This part is totally optional (if you’re not me). Once the Pumpkin Cobbler is finished baking, I like to serve it up with this Spiced Butter Toffee Sauce. Talk about a match made in heaven. The sauce is a caramel made from scratch with vanilla and pumpkin spices added, making this a totally indulgent (but absolutely necessary, if you’re me) sauce to adorn your cobbler with.
I’m a caramel fan from way back so I make this or salted caramel regularly. It takes around 20 minutes but is totally worth every moment. Check out my Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies or these Caramel Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Bars for more caramel goodness.
Pumpkin Cobbler Serving Suggestion
In case you missed all of the above and skipped straight to the recipe (I don’t blame you) but sweet pumpkin custard, crunchy cobbler topping aaaaand a spiced toffee sauce. Umm, yes please – bring on that Pumpkin Cobbler and Fall please.
Serve this golden, creamy Pumpkin Cobbler dessert delight with some ice cream or whipped cream and you’re in fall sweet treat bliss.
Looking for more Pumpkin Dessert Recipes?
Do you love pumpkin desserts? How about these to whet your appetite…
- Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Crunch Recipe
- No Bake Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Balls
- Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe with Spiced Pumpkin Frosting
- Easy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
- Starbucks Pumpkin Bread
- Pumpkin Waffle Recipe
- Sweet Pumpkin Recipes
- Simple Pumpkin Recipes
- Savory Pumpkin Recipes
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For the pumpkin custard
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plain (all-purpose) flour
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the cobbler topping
- 130 g (1 cup / 4.5oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 55 g (1/2 stick / 2oz) cold butter
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (notes)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Spiced Butter Toffee Sauce (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup (2 sticks / 1 cup) unsalted butter, cubed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F /160C fan forced. Grease a pie dish with butter.
For the custard base
- Whisk together the eggs, sugar and maple syrup. Add the pumpkin purée, evaporated milk and vanilla and whisk well. Finally, sift in the flour, spice and salt and whisk until only just incorporated.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pie dish and bake for 20 minutes.
For the cobbler topping
- While the custard is baking, in a wide bowl (so you can get both hands in) mix together the flour, powdered sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and use your fingertips to press it through the flour mix until you end up with just very small lumps. (You can use a pastry cutter if you have one)
- In a separate small bowl, mix the sugar topping ingredients and set aside.
- As soon as the custard has baked for 20 minutes, add the 1/4 cup of evaporated milk to the cobbler topping and mix through to make a dough.
- Starting from the outside edges of the pie dish, carefully sprinkle the cobbler topping over the custard in small clumps.
- Now sprinkle the sugar topping over the top.
- Place it back in the oven for 40 minutes, turning halfway through so that it bakes evenly.
For the Spiced Butter Toffee Sauce
- Place the sugar and water in a heavy based saucepan over medium heat and stir gently until the sugar dissolves. Bring it to the boil and stop stirring. Allow it to boil for around 7-8 minutes, without stirring. The temperature should reach 120C / 250F on a candy thermometer and it should be amber gold in colour.
- Add the butter. Whisk it in quickly until fully combined but make sure not to splash it. Now add the cream (be careful as it may splatter and bubble up) and do the same until all mixed through.
- Add the spices and vanilla. Allow it to boil for 3-5 minutes until thickened and glossy. It should be a deep golden brown colour.
- Allow to cool a little before use.
- I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (4 teaspoons worldwide)
- For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
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