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This Sweet-Potato Cobbler recipe was common at Juneteenth celebrations years ago but is now seldom seen.

Provided by Nathan Jean Whitaker Sanders

Categories     Dairy     Dessert     Bake     Christmas     Thanksgiving     Sweet Potato/Yam     Fall     Summer     Winter     Gourmet     Juneteenth

Yield Makes 8 to 10 (dessert) servings

Number Of Ingredients 19

For filling
2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 quart water
3/4 cup canned pure cane syrup
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For biscuit dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/4 cups whole milk
Accompaniment: vanilla ice cream
Special Equipment
a 3 1/2- to 4-quart well-seasoned cast-iron Dutch oven or other heavy pot (10 inches in diameter)


  • Make filling:
  • Peel sweet potatoes, then halve lengthwise and slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick. Combine potatoes with remaining filling ingredients in a wide 4- to 5-quart pot and simmer, covered, until potatoes are almost tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer potatoes with a slotted spoon to a bowl and boil liquid, uncovered, until reduced to about 2 cups (it will become syrupy), 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Make dough and bake cobbler:
  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. 3Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in milk with a fork until a dough forms.
  • Gather dough into a ball, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead 7 or 8 times. Divide dough into 2 pieces, then form each into a disk.
  • Roll out 1 disk with a floured rolling pin into a 14-inch round (about 1/8 inch thick) and fit into bottom and about halfway up side of Dutch oven, pressing against side to help it adhere.
  • Roll out remaining dough into another 14-inch round, then trim to a 12-inch round with a paring knife, reserving trimmings.
  • Spoon half of sweet potatoes evenly into dough-lined Dutch oven, then top with 1 layer dough trimmings, cutting and fitting trimmings to almost cover potatoes. Add remaining potatoes, then pour syrup over potatoes and cover with 12-inch dough round, pressing edges together to seal. Cut 3 steam vents in top with paring knife.
  • Bake cobbler until top is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool to warm before serving, about 30 minutes (dough will absorb most of syrup).

Ch Zameer
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I've made this cobbler several times and it's always a hit. It's a delicious and easy dessert that everyone loves.

Karabo Gabonakemo
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This cobbler is the perfect dessert for a cold winter night. It's warm, comforting, and delicious.

All All
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I love that this cobbler can be made ahead of time. It's the perfect dessert to take to a potluck or party.

Phillip Wallace
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I made this cobbler with gluten-free flour and it turned out great! It's a delicious and easy dessert for people with gluten sensitivities.

Ali Mwenda
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This cobbler is a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. They'll love the sweet filling and the crispy topping.

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I've never made a cobbler before, but this recipe was so easy to follow. It turned out great!

Mahar Abid
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This cobbler is the perfect comfort food. It's warm, sweet, and satisfying.

Madison Rooker
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I made this cobbler for my friends and they all raved about it. It's definitely a keeper!

Emam Shorif
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This cobbler is so good! I love the crispy topping and the gooey filling.

Gianna Holley
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I love the combination of sweet potatoes and cinnamon in this cobbler. It's the perfect fall dessert.

Mohammad Ayoub
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This cobbler is a great way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. It's also a delicious and easy dessert to make.

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I've made this cobbler several times and it's always a crowd-pleaser. It's the perfect dessert for any occasion.

Vlad Zubanov
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This cobbler is so easy to make and it always turns out perfect. I love that I can use fresh or canned sweet potatoes.

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I made this cobbler for Thanksgiving and it was a huge success! It was the perfect dessert to end our meal.

Amshe Amchi
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This cobbler was a hit at my party! Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe.

Ben Kamanga
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I'm not a big fan of sweet potatoes, but this cobbler was really good! The filling was sweet and savory, and the topping was crispy and buttery.

Pontsho Segwatlhe
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This is the best sweet potato cobbler I have ever had! The filling is so flavorful and the topping is just the right amount of sweetness.

Chris Powell
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I made this cobbler for my family and they loved it! It was easy to make and turned out perfect.

Rajani Adhikari
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This sweet potato cobbler was amazing! The filling was sweet and gooey, and the topping was crispy and buttery. I will definitely be making this again.