doesn’t the title say it all? there are blackberry bushes by our house and along the road that are finally producing some decent berries! (we went on a walk a couple weeks ago in hopes we’d see some but they weren’t ripe yet.) We left the house a little before sunset and came back when it was dark. by the end of the night, we had a large strainer full of delicious berries. since sam doesn’t like to eat them (isn’t that weird? I can’t get enough fruit! anyway.) I wondered what I could make with them. I’d never attempted a pie before, maybe I’d try my hand at that. I settled on a blackberry cobbler via a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. it had very high ratings and was done in about 45 minutes, give or take.
Blackberry Cobbler Recipe – Ingredients:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed and drained
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water just until mixture is evenly moist.
3. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in cold water. Mix in remaining 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and blackberries. Transfer to a cast iron skillet, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Drop dough into the skillet by spoonfuls. Place skillet on the foil lined baking sheet.
4. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until dough is golden brown.
what I did differently: the thing I love about looking up a recipe, is reading people’s comments, comparisons, and suggestions. many suggested to reduced the sugar, which I did, but I don’t know how much less exactly – I just eyed it. I also doubled the dough and added cinnamon, vanilla, and a tiny bit of nutmeg. I think these things really helped the flavor in my opinion 🙂 and since I don’t have a cast iron skillet, I just used an 8×8 Pyrex baking dish and that worked fine.
I was really surprised with how it turned out- it was so good! I’m my own worst critic especially when it comes to baking because I so badly want it to turn out right, ha ha. But I didn’t see anything I’d do differently next time. The tartness of the blackberries mixed with the crust was so tasty. I topped it with vanilla bean ice cream and had myself a slice of tasty dessert. sam even loved it (well, the crust more than anything since he’s anti-berries. ha.) anyway, I recommend making this if you’ve got some berries that need used. happy friday!