Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Simple Summer Cobbler

At this time of year, the berries are appearing at every Farmers Markets and those of you who grow berries are harvesting daily. There are jams & jellies and salads and berry ice cream and, well you get it.  There are lots of possibilities.  Still sometimes the best thing you can do with a mix of berries is a cobbler. This particular cobbler, with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top is perfect for the 4th of July.

This is a very flexible recipe.  I made this based on the size cobbler I wanted, but you can double all of the ingredients and just use a 3 quart baking dish; for the following I used a two quart glass baking dish.  You can also use a good cast iron skillet. Next time I'm using my skillet!

Recipe:  Summer Berry Cobbler


2 oz (4 Tblsps) unsalted butter - cut into pieces

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon of baking powder

Scant pinch of salt

1/2 cup of milk

1 1/2 cups mixed berries (I used raspberries and blueberries)


Position the rack in the middle of the oven and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
Put the butter in your baking dish and put the dish in the oven as soon as you set it - the butter will melt totally as the oven reaches temperature

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined

Add the milk and whisk until combined - a few lumps are fine

Take the baking dish with the melted butter out of the oven and pour the batter over the butter

Scatter the fruit over the batter, adding more fruit into the center and less around the edges

Bake until the top is a rich golden brown; about 40 minutes

Sprinkle with powdered sugar

Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired

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