Summer in winter. Recipe: Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

Australians are undeniably lucky when it comes to fruit produce. We are deep in winter, yet, lovely red and vibrant rhubarb and strawberries are available. Together with the some gorgeous sunny days of late, they remind me of summer. Only better without that scorching heat.

When I bought rhubarb from the market last week, I thought of doing something extra special with the veg. A lot of ideas (pie, cheesecake, mousse etc.), but then I settled on a simple cobbler which I chanced upon Jamie´s blog. Nothing fancy, just a simple dessert that lets the fruit shine.

For a lot of you, simple desserts like this are part of growing up. Johanna recently shared some wonderful memories of her grandmother, together with a fabulous looking rhubarb and apple sponge cake. For me, someone with Asian background, baked goods are not part of my childhood. But I and my family here embrace these with much love, and slowly making them part of our family tradition.

So here is the recipe that I´ve adapted. I´m not a big fan of rose water, but the floral scent goes particularly well with rhubarb and strawberries.

Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

Adapted from Doriee Greenspan via Life´s a feast


For the filling:
300g-400g fresh strawberries, washed and quartered
3 – 4 fat stalks rhubarb, trimmed, peeled and cut into ½-inch slices
2/3 cup sugar * (Adjust depending on the sourness of your fruits)
1 Tbs cornstarch
1/2 tbp to 1tbp rose water, to taste

For the cobbler dough:
1 + 1/2 cup plain flour
3 Tbs packed light brown sugar
2 tsps baking powder
½ tsp salt
90g unsalted cold butter, cubed
½ cup whole milk


Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter an 8-inch square baking dish.

Prepare the filling:
Mix the prepared strawberries and rhubarb together in a large bowl. Sift the cornstarch over the sugar and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the fruit and toss until the dry ingredients are evenly coating the fruit. Toss the fruit often while you prepare the cobbler dough.

Prepare the cobbler dough:
Put both flours, the brown sugar, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Stir or whisk to blend. Add the cubes of butter and, using only your fingertips, quickly rub the butter into the dry ingredients until incorporated and the mixture resembles coarse meal or wet sand. Working very quickly, add the milk and stir with a spoon or fork until well incorporated and you have a smooth dough. The dough should be light and fluffy, so don´t overwork.

Pour the prepared fruit into the buttered baking dish. Using a tablespoon, place equal-sized heaping tablespoons of dough in rows on top of the fruit.

Baking Bake for 35 – 45 minutes until the cobbler dough is puffed up and golden and baked through. The fruit should have created a thick juice which will be bubbling up around the puffs of dough when it is done.

Serve warm, at room temperature or even chilled with cream or custard. I served the cobbler with rose-scented honey sweetened light cream.

Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

This post is submitted to Weekend Herb Blogging, a weekly event organised by Haalo of Cook almost anything at least once. Our current host is the ever lovely Susan of Well-seasoned cook.

38 Responses to Summer in winter. Recipe: Rose-scented rhubarb and strawberry cobbler

  1. Barbara says:

    A lovely dish Anh. Queensland strawberries are great at this time of the year..better than later in the year.

  2. dario milano says:

    Hi! I love rhubarb, full stop; every recipe with rhubarb in it is worth a try, so I'll definitely give this one a go, soon; Besides, rhubarb is a fantastic thing to be photographed and your pictures prove this.

  3. Adriana says:

    lovely dish, lovely color, dreamy pictures

  4. penny aka jeroxie says:

    Brilliant..I hope to get some rhuburb in the next couple of days. Love to jam it for scones 😉

  5. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Brilliant, I love the touch of rose in your cobbler. I'll have to remember to try that when it's winter here.

  6. Jamie says:

    Wow your cobbler looks so much fruitier and lovelier than mine! Gorgeous! Glad you liked it! I'll be making another cobbler recipe soon…stay in tune! xo

  7. Juliana says:

    Oh! This cobbler must taste delicious…love the idea of the rose water in it :-)

  8. Little Corner of Mine says:

    Looks great! Definitely a summer treat.

  9. redmenace says:

    Tis the season! I just made rhubarb crisp last week. Yours looks amazing. I am a HUGE cobbler addict!

  10. Maria says:

    Yum! I love rhubarb!

  11. Zara says:

    Mmm…Rose water, rhubarb and strawberries – a tempting mix! Beautiful photos too, as always:)

  12. Cocina Savant says:

    You got me at the mention of cobbler. This one is extra special with the addition of rosewater. What an exotic fragrance and addition to any dish especially this tasty rhubarb and strawberry cobbler.

  13. Soma says:

    Ahn this is lovely! I love the touch of rose flavor here. It gives the classic dessert such an exotic touch. Your pictures are like a dream.

  14. Door Spice Rack says:

    Pretty dish, lovely colors and I bet it's sweet. I love it.

  15. tigerfish says:

    It is so exotic! You are a genius :)

  16. OohLookBel says:

    How beautiful is that cobbler? Love the rosebuds, too.

  17. Cherine says:

    This looks so tempting. A great summer dessert!

  18. Junglefrog says:

    I remember seeing the cobbler on Jamie's blog and thinking I would love to make that but you have sure beat me to it! This looks absolutely delicious and fruity!

  19. Amy @ cookbookmaniac says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. oh and beautiful

  20. Faith says:

    You are definitely lucky to be able to have strawberries and rhubarb in winter! And this is the perfect dessert to highlight their lovely flavor!

  21. neil says:

    That's one mean looking cobbler. We are rather excited by all things rhubarb at the moment as our daughter has just decided she likes it. Ahem, we haven't actually told her it's rhubarb!

  22. Von says:

    I'm like you- I didn't eat too many home made baked goods when I was younger……

  23. Jo says:

    The cobler looks absolutely delicious. I've heard so much about rhubard and I wish I could find some here in Singapore … alas it is not to be! Great pictures.

  24. Ana Powell says:

    Lovely and so detailed post.

  25. Mark @ Cafe Campana says:

    Very good looking dessert. I love rhubarb in the winter time.

  26. FFichiban says:

    Yuummmmmm but I must admit, most of the time I enjoy the cobbler more than what's underneath it hee hee

  27. pigpigscorner says:

    Beautiful! Lucky you, we only have apples and oranges in Winter =(

  28. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul says:

    Great flavours Anh! Especially the rosewater! I absolutely adore using this in my recipes.

  29. El says:

    I love the addition of rose and your pictures came out great. Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  30. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    Sounds like a lovely combination of flavors.

  31. Celeste @ Berrytravels says:

    Everytime I read your blog posts, I'm blown away by the photos. So much so that I often dont remember what the actual recipe is (terrible!) instead I remember the amazing photos.

  32. shaz says:

    How beautiful, I agree with Adriana, your phots are really dreamy. You capture mood so well. We are lucky aren't we? I adore both rhubarb and strawberries, and the scent of rosewater sounds slightly magical with these.

  33. myfrenchkitchen says:

    Looks delicious Anh…and pretty!

  34. Judy says:

    What beautiful photography! Your cobbler looks fabulous and I love the use of rose water. Such a romantic dessert!

  35. Natalie says:

    That looks so delicious. Great photography.

  36. Susan says:

    Impossibly pretty, Anh – so softly romantic. I am a big fan of mixing colors and patterns. And the recipe speaks for itself (and to me). I've always been mad for rosewater.

  37. Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! says:

    Beautiful cobbler! I've actually never had a cobbler before. And these grogeous strawberries available at the moment just make me miss summer so much too.

  38. Marisa says:

    Never thought a dessert could be romantic, but this one just screams romance. Beautiful.

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