Friday, August 1, 2008

Berry Picking and the best cobbler ever

My parents have an abundance of blackberries this year and were generous enough to share them with us. So the other evening the whole family ventured out, even baby Maggie in her stroller, to pick some of the bounty. The kids proved to be quite a help, and weren't even bothered by the prickly thorns. They were really excited to come home and eat some. After a small bowl with a little sugar, they went off to bed, and I began cooking up a treat for my husband and me.
This cobbler recipe has been in my family for years. The story goes that my grandmother and aunt were eating in a restaurant in North Carolina and had this cobbler. They liked it so much, they asked for the recipe and got it. It is so easy and delicious that I thought I would share it. You can use it for any fruit cobbler; my favorite I think is peach, with blackberry a definite second.

The best cobbler ever

1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar (I think the original recipe said 1 cup, but 1/2 cup is plenty if you want to save some calories)
1 cup milk

Melt 1/2 stick of butter and pour it in your pan (I used a 7x11 glass pan, it's just the right size for this recipe).
I used a medium sized bowl of blackberries, sorry I can't be specific but I forgot to measure the berries. I had just enough to make a small cobbler. If you have a lot of fruit just double the batter recipe and use a 9x13 pan. For instance, last time I made a peach cobbler, I used a 29 ounce can of peaches for one recipe of batter. Sorry for the confusion.

Now back to the recipe...
Add sugar to berries to taste, I think I used about 1/2 cup.
Mix flour, sugar, and milk just until blended and pour it on top of your melted butter
Carefully spoon your fruit right on top of the batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until it's golden brown.
It is that easy. I hope you will enjoy.

P.S. For peach cobbler, if you use canned peaches, drain the syrup and reserve a little. Add a little cornstarch to the syrup to make a thickening, sugar your peaches, and the most important thing- add a little bit of nutmeg. It's delicious.
Again sorry for the lack of measurements and straight-forward directions.


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jena said...

This looks great and yummy! Thanks for another little treasure.

Josiah said...

How exciting! When we were talking ab out cobbler the other day I had no idea that you'd posted your recipe! Now I just need the blackberries. Thanks!


gina said...

this looks so easy, shelly. and i'm so glad you posted pics of the process. it's like reading a cookbook with pictures--my favorite kind. i love the picture at the top of the blog! it looks great!