Monday, August 12, 2013

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Last Thursday afternoon I settled into my recliner with a cup of hot tea and a bowlful of cherries, strawberries, and blueberries that SP had left for me. As I ate the berries, I thought about how much I love berries, how summer is the best fruit time, and then the memory of blueberry cobbler popped into my mind.
Long before the blog, SP made a blueberry cobbler. It was delicious. Suddenly, all I could think about was warm berry cobbler. So I grabbed my tablet and started looking up recipes. Mostly, I wanted to find a recipe for just 1-2 ramekins, and something with a very simple crumble topping.
When the tablet battery died, I continued the search on my cell phone. Then I went into the kitchen and looked through almost every cookbook, looking for just the right recipe, just the right inspiration. Mom and I ate dinner and I continued thinking about cobbler.
When SP got home, I asked what he thought about making a spur of the moment cobbler. He agreed - he loves fruit desserts. We settled on a recipe, not exactly the kind of cobbler I was looking for, but close enough. I suppose I was actually envisioning a crisp and not cobbler, but I didn't want oats or too many nuts in the topping. I also didn't want too much of a pie crust like topping. I measured while he ate dinner and then he cooked the fruit and made the dough.
A short time later, we had a delicious cobbler. It would have been better with vanilla ice cream melting down into it, but even without ice cream, this is a darn good spur of the moment cobbler.
From our ancient copy of Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook

Fruit mixture:
4 cups mixed fruit (we used blueberries, cherries, and strawberries)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Topping:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon (if desired)
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp butter

Heat the fruit with cornstarch, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Cook until thick and bubbly. We pitted the cherries but did not cut them. We halved the strawberries. Pour the fruit mixture into an 8x8x2 glass baking dish.

Mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder. Using pastry cutter or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In separate bowl, mix together egg and milk. Add to dry ingredients and mix. Drop 6 spoonfuls on top of filling.

Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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