Nothing beats a warm fruit cobbler straight from the oven—except maybe cobbler and a scoop of ice cream to go with it. Cobbler typically differs from crisps and crumbles because of its topping, which is mounds of biscuit dough (or even cake batter or cookie dough) dropped across the top before baking—a technique that creates a cobbled-road effect. Fill it with your favorite fruits and try the recipes from Food & Wine's guide to cobblers.

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Strawberry-Buttermilk Cobbler

A mixture of spelt and almond flours, gently combined with cold butter and creamy buttermilk, creates tender, fluffy biscuits that cover this juicy strawberry cobbler filling. Use the sweetest, best-quality berries from the market; their flavor is the foundation of this seasonal dessert.

Apple-Pomegranate Cobbler

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This juicy and bright apple cobbler is just the right amount of sweet, with an irresistibly tender and crunchy crust on top. Slideshow: More Cobbler Recipes 

Apple Cobbler

Cornmeal lends a sunny color and great flavor to the buttery topping for this homey apple cobbler. Eat it warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Slideshow: More Cobbler Recipes 

How to Make Pandowdy

Pandowdies (you've got to love the name) belong to the family of Colonial American dough-topped fruit desserts that includes cobblers, betties, crisps, grunts, slumps and buckles. Kansas City pastry chef Megan Garrelts tops her blueberry-nectarine version with sugar coookie dough. Cutting rectangles from a slice-and-bake log makes the soft dough easy to work with. Here, a step-by-step guide to her easy fruit pandowdy.

Mixed-Fruit Cornmeal Cobbler

Pastry chef Megan Garrelts tops this cobbler with superlight biscuits made with a mix of corn flour and fine cornmeal. Garrelts uses a mix of raspberries, plums and cherries, but you could certainly switch it up to include your favorite mix of summer fruits. Slideshow:  More Cobbler Recipes 

Peach Cobbler

Flaky pastries are the best way to enjoy this juicy summer fruit--thesee fabulous recipes include classic peach cobbler and peach crisps.

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Polenta Cherry Cobbler

A few spoonfuls of polenta add a sunny color and nutty depth to this twist on a classic cherry cobbler. Sour cherries are abundant at farmer’s markets in the early summer (you’ll probably want to use a cherry pitter to make short work of prepping them), but frozen sour cherries are available year round in many supermarkets as well.

Blackberry Cobbler

The Van Wycks borrowed this recipe from family friend Ben Hussman, who got it from her housekeeper and favorite Southern cook, Mable Sanders. Although Sanders often used a combination of butter and vegetable shortening in her pastry, she referred to herself as a "butter cook" to signify her fondness for classic, old-style Southern recipes.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips