Fruit-filled desserts and summer go together like a horse and carriage – they were made for each other. So, which should you choose: cobbler or pie? Both is not an option (on the same day, that is!)
There are pros and cons which should be considered prior to making your choice On the pro side, cobblers are a combination of fruit filling topped with a crust made of biscuit dough, pour-on batter or a traditional pie crust. As a rule, the topping consists of milk, sugar and flour.
The ingredients in the crust topping off the cobbler are easier to control than it is with a pie. If you prefer your cobbler to be less sweet, you can choose to limit the amount of sugar you use. Also, since a cobbler does not have to be completely covered, less topping can be used.
On the negative side is a 4-ounce serving of peach cobbler contains about 330 calories, 17 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of saturated fat (over 20% of your daily recommended amounts of both fat and saturated fat). If the cobbler is baked in a large container, portion control may just fly out the window.
Portions can be controlled by baking the cobbler in individual ramekins or by making only half the recipe. To shave off calories, use less topping and serve it with 1 tablespoon of lite whip cream instead of ice cream.
Pies are a good combination of fruit, vitamins and antioxidants. The fillings are normally fairly simple with calories coming from the fruit, a bit of sugar and some flavors containing minimal calories, like cinnamon or vanilla extract.
On the flip side, a slice of pie contains over 400 calories and 20 grams of fat. Enjoy it a la mode or with whipped cream and you’ve just added an additional 100 – 200 calories per slice.
Many pre-made pie crusts are made with heart clogging hydrogenated oils or lard, so the fat you’re eating is not the healthy kind. Some pies have crust on both the bottom and top. Whether lattice of fully covered, more crust on pies means more calories and fat.
You can make a healthier pie crust by using canola oil to reduce the artery clogging saturated and trans fat. Skip pie recipes which call for gobs of butter in the filling. You can also eat totally fruit-filled pies as opposed to those with higher-calorie ingredients such as nuts and raisins. Pies with only a bottom crust will also cut calories.
Cobblers or pies? You make the choice, but be sure to consider the pros and cons of each when choosing.