Greengage and pistachio cobbler

  • Serves 6
  • Easy

This plum dessert is the perfect warming recipe for an autumn or winter's day

The Orchard Cook greengage cobbler

It’s a brief season for greengages, so it pays to make the most of them while they’re at their best. A bowl of emerald green Reine Claude greengages sitting on the kitchen table brightens up the greyest of days. They lose their colour a touch when cooked, but are rightly considered to be one of the finest dessert plums.

A recipe by Stuart Ovenden from The Orchard Cook.



  • Greengages 750g, de-stoned and halved
  • Orange zest 1/2
  • Honey a good squeeze
  • Ground cinnamon 1/2tbs
  • Self raising flour 200g
  • Caster sugar 150g
  • Pistachios 60g, (unshelled)
  • Unsalted butter 75g
  • Whole milk 125ml


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Tip the plums into an ovenproof dish, then cover with with the honey, zest, cinnamon and 50g sugar. Give it all a gentle shake, then pop in the oven to warm while you make the topping.

  • Step 2

    Using a food processor, blitz 50g of the pistachios to a fine consistency. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, nuts and remaining 100g of sugar. Grate in the butter, then use your fingertips to gently rub everything together into a fine, breadcrumb-like mix. Stir in the milk to form a thick, doughy batter.

  • Step 3

    Roughly chop the remaining nuts then take the fruit out of the oven. Spoon large blobs of the cobbler mix on top, scatter with pistachios and bake for 30-40 minutes (or until nicely browned and a skewer comes out of the topping clean).

Stuart Ovenden is the author of The Orchard Cook, £25, published by Clearview Books.

Main image: ©Stuart Ovenden