June 23, 2010

Brown Sugar Berry Cobbler

brown sugar berry cobblers!

I made this recipe on Father’s day primarily because I know my dad loves blueberries and is not a huge fan of super sweet desserts. I also knew that it would be a good medium for his whipped cream loving tendencies!  Although he spends most of his time denying it, he does like dessert. When I see him indulge, it makes me sooo happy; I could scream!  He loved this Brown Sugar Berry Cobbler and so did the rest of the fam!  We had a very few leftovers after the 5 of us were served, and no whipped cream was left in sight!  Strong work, Dad!

get your own!

I should note that I was able to whip up this recipe, take pictures, carry on a conversation with my mom in the kitchen, and put away dishes during the whole process. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how easy it is, then I don’t know what will! This recipe also has a lot of room for improvisation. Because I didn’t have enough of the blueberries & blackberries for the original recipe, I added 4 yellow peaches to the mix. It added a nice texture to the end result. A perfect summer dessert, for sure! Let’s get our cobbler on!

Let’s get started!

Chop up your peaches, and rinse the blueberries & blackberries.

berries & peach choppage

In a small bowl, mix brown sugar & corn starch together.

brown sugar & cornstarch

Toss your fruit in the sugar mixture. Mix Mix Mix.

fruits mixed in with sugar & corn starch

Put the fruits in your baking dish and pop it in the oven to heat up for a bit.

placed into a pan!

While it’s cooking, start your cobbler topping. Mmmm butter!

dough making

I am totally in love with this butter. I use salted for baking. I know you aren’t supposed to but WHATEVER.

my fave butter

Using a pastry blender, cut your butter into the flour. Now pour the milk in. Tada! Dough!

adding milk

Then spoon the dough over your heated fruit and then top with brown sugar! Into the oven it goes.

into the oven, with you!

And it comes out like this! Alchemy!

pretty, huh?

Plate your cobblers in bowls with some freshly whipped cream.

spooning it out

Look at that berry sludge! SOOO GOOD.


And dig in!


Because if you don’t, Cooper will!

some bunny digging in...

Brown Sugar Berry Cobbler

(recipe adapted from Gourmet)

Serves 6

Active time:15 min
Start to finish:1 1/4 hr (includes cooling)

  • 3/4 to 1 cup plus 1 teaspoon packed dark brown sugar (depending on sweetness of berries), divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2  lb mixed berries (I used blueberries & blackberries)
  • 4 medium peaches, chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Rounded 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in middle.
Stir together 3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl. Add berries & peaches and toss to coat. Transfer mixture to a shallow 3-qt baking dish and bake until mixture is hot, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add butter and blend with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal with some roughly pea-size butter lumps. Add milk and stir until dough just comes together.

Remove baking dish from oven and drop 12 mounds of dough onto hot berries. Stir together remaining tsp brown sugar and granulated sugar and sprinkle over dough. Bake cobbler until topping is golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool to warm, about 30 minutes.

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