I've often thought to start a new series of recipes. They'd be called the "Ugly but Delicious" range. Whilst they may not elicit the same gasps of delight or frisson of electricity amongst the crowd as a delicate French Macaron, after an initial "Huh?" the eater would be reduced to making moaning, guttural noises of unchecked pleasure. This dish is one of them. A cobbler is like an upside down pie, or at least that was the way described to me when I first had one at South restaurant in Neutral Bay.
The cobbler topping recipe is adapted from Epicurious, after all it is an American dessert so I figured they would have a great recipe for it. As for the rest, banana is not really that frequently used as a cobbler filling as say peach, apple or cherry, but pay no mind to the historical inaccuracy. It tastes phenomenal and I think that's all that should matter. I also used some caramel filling I made a while back and stashed in the freezer. Bananas and caramel are two perfect bed partners. And after serving this to someone, they'll be dying to take you to bed too*.
*I give no actual promises of rumpy pumpy
Banana Caramel Cobbler-Ugly but Delicious
An original recipe by Not Quite Nigella
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup whole milk
5 ripe bananas
1/2 cup thick caramel sauce
2 tablespoon cookie crumbs (optional, I just had these leftover from a cheesecake and I hate waste)
To serve: Vanilla ice cream
Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 180C. Make the cobbler topping: mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in another large bowl, then blend in butter with your fingertips blend butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal-there will be lumps of butter in it. Add milk and beaten egg and stir just until a dough forms.
Before topping is applied
Step 2 - Slice bananas and place on the base of a 25cms/10inch diameter pie plate. Spoon caramel sauce over the top of the bananas. With the back of the spoon, smooth down the top so that the pieces are too jagged (so that the cobbler topping sits flat). Spoon cobbler topping on top and place on baking sheet (to catch any overflow) and bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and swoon. It's always good to serve this to uptight people as it will cause them to become wanton and uninhibited.