Tuesday, July 04, 2023

Blackberry Cobbler

Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

My Mom used to make the best cobblers….pick a fruit…any fruit…and my Mom created a masterpiece. I especially loved her blackberry cobbler because it perfectly sweet and tart, with a golden biscuit topping, it’s the ultimate easy dessert.  Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ll close your eyes and savor every bite!

What exactly is blackberry cobbler? Everyone has their own idea of what a cobbler is.  It’s a baked fruit dessert that’s topped with a biscuit-like top.  When baked, the biscuits create a “cobbled” look, similar to a cobblestone walkway.  

Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

24 oz fresh blackberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional but recommended)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup water   

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup very cold butter, grated or finely cubed
1/3 - 1/2 cup cold buttermilk (make your own see recipe below)

Grease an 8 inch square baking dish or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.


In a large saucepan, combine the blackberries, sugar, and cinnamon. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.


Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into fruit mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2-5 minutes or until thickened.


Pour blackberry mixture into greased baking dish.  Set aside while you make your topping.


In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or two forks until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.


Stir in buttermilk just until moistened. Start with 1/3 cup and if you need more to moisten, add more.

Drop batter by spoonfuls onto hot berry mixture.


Bake, uncovered, at 350degrees for 30-35 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. 

Serve warm, with whipped topping or ice cream if desired.


















Out of buttermilk?  Make your own.  Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a 1 cup measuring cup. Add enough whole milk to make one cup.  Let sit on counter for 5 minutes until thickened. 

Buttermilk amount will vary from individual to individual.  You want the dough to be moist enough to hold together when pinched between a few fingers, but not so moist that it's wet.

For a thicker cobbler, combine blackberries, sugar and cinnamon in baking dish and let sit for 15-20 minutes.  Once a syrup forms, add topping and bake as directed.


This cobbler keeps for a few days stored in the refrigerator. Warm it in the microwave before serving.  Top with a scoop of ice cream! 


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