Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Granny's berry cobbler

When we were young, my sister and I always anticipated visits to our grandparents. We were sure to eat great food and to have big adventure --  running through the pasture, harvesting from the garden, feeding Harold the Brahman bull, nightly armadillo sightings, painting canvases "like real artists" on the screened in porch, picking bluebonnets, fishing in the pond, tractor rides, walks through the woods, barbecue.... and dewberry cobbler.

Both of our grandmothers specialized in desserts, and Granny's recipe for dewberry cobbler was an all-time favorite.

Granny's berry cobbler
2 cups dewberries or blackberries (I used blackberries here)
1/2 stick butter softened, plus 2 T melted
1 1/3 c sugar
1 c flour
1 1/2 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c milk (plus a little more)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt 2 T butter in a baking dish.  Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of sugar over clean berries and gently toss to combine.  Pour berries into the prepared baking dish.  Cream 1/2 stick softened butter and 1 cup sugar in a mixer with a paddle attachment.  Combine flour, salt and baking powder.  Slowly add a little of the flour mixture alternating with a little of the milk, until combined.  The batter should be the consistency of a thick pancake batter.  You may need to add in a bit more milk if the batter is too thick.  Pour the mixture evenly over the berries.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden on top. Serve warm with Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice cream.

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