Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sharing Good Recipes: Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

I'll be the first to admit that I'm an okay cook, but I'm not very good at baking.  I don't like measuring ingredients, kneading dough, or waiting on things to rise. But oh my, I made a Blackberry Cobbler this weekend and it turned out perfectly. I was so happy! 

I hadn't planned to bake a cobbler, but my husband and I went for a walk on the green way on Saturday and there were tons on blackberry bushes.  We filled up a big water bottle with blackberries.  (I would say, three to four cups worth.)  After we got back home I started thinking, hey a blackberry cobbler sure would be good.

So I started looking through my recipe box and came across a peach/apple cobbler recipe that my friend Debra had given me a few years ago.  I remember making it and it was really easy and really good, but it called for canned peaches or apples. So I decided to substitute the canned fruit for fresh blackberries. (Fresh ingredients are always better.)  So here's what I came up with, and it was a HUGE hit with my family.

Blackberry Cobbler

3 to 4 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

In a large sauce pan combine sugar and water and bring to a boil.  Add berries, reduce heat, and simmer for about 10 minutes uncovered.  Then remove from heat and set aside.

1 stick butter
1 cup self rising flour
3/4 sugar
3/4 milk

In a 9x13 glass dish melt butter.  Mix flour, sugar, and milk in a medium bowl.  Pour flour mixture over melted butter in dish, then add berries to dish.  Bake 45 to 60 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven until crusted is golden brown and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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