Southern Chocolate Cobbler is a rich, decadent dessert that is a staple in Southern cuisine. It’s a unique twist on the traditional cobbler, featuring a gooeychocolate center underneath a crusty, cake-like topping. When baked, it creates its own chocolate sauce, making it a self-saucing dessert that’s both easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying. This dessert is perfect for chocolate lovers and is often served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, adding a creamy contrast to the warm, chocolatey goodness.
For the Batter:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Topping:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 cups boiling water
- Vanilla ice cream
Step 1: Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Baking Dish
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). While the oven is heating, place 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Put the dish in the oven for a few minutes until the butter is melted. Remove the dish from the oven and set aside.
Step 2: Make the Batter
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Gradually add 1 cup of milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Pour this batter over the melted butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.
Step 3: Prepare the Topping
In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter in the baking dish. Do not stir.
Step 4: Add Boiling Water
Carefully pour 3 cups of boiling water over the top of the cobbler. Do not stir. The boiling water will help create a sauce under the cake layer as it bakes.
Step 5: Bake the Cobbler
Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes. The cobbler is done when the center is set and the top is firm to the touch.
Step 6: Serve
Let the cobbler cool for a few minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a classic Southern dessert experience.
- The magic of this cobbler is in the layering and the boiling water, which creates a sauce during the baking process. It’s important not to stir the layers to achieve the distinct sauce and cake-like top.
Southern Chocolate Cobbler is best served warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on top. The contrast between the warm, rich chocolate and the cold, creamy ice cream is heavenly.
- Butter Distribution: Make sure the melted butter covers the bottom of the baking dish evenly.
- Layering: Carefully layer the ingredients as directed. The layering is crucial for the self-saucing effect.
- Serving Size: Adjust the serving size based on your preference. Smaller portions can be quite rich.
- Preparation Time: 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes
- Total Time: About 1 hour
- Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving (varies based on the serving size and whether it’s served with ice cream)
- Protein: 3-4g per serving
- Sodium: Varies based on the salt content of the butter and other ingredients
Southern Chocolate Cobbler is a delightful and indulgent dessert that’s perfect for any chocolate enthusiast. It’s a simple yet impressive dish that combines the comfort of a traditional cobbler with the rich flavor of chocolate. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or enjoying a family meal, this chocolate cobbler is sure to be a hit, leaving everyone craving for more.