This homemade blackberry cobbler is a simple, scrumptious dessert featuring plump, tart berries ribboning a layer of sweet, tender cake. And don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
I hope that everyone had a nice weekend! We had a pretty relaxing, low-key few days full of food and family. But just about the best part of all is that we got some rain! Texas is in a terrible drought right now, so we are overjoyed at every drop of precipitation, even if it did ruin our plans to go to the pool this weekend.
But back to the food! One of the recipes I made this weekend to celebrate the long weekend was Blackberry Cobbler. I don’t know about you, but there aren’t many baked desserts that bring summer to my mind more than a homemade cobbler…served warm, oozing with fruit, and topped with vanilla ice cream. I realize that different regions around the country make different versions of cobbler, and while they all involve fruit and some type of dough or batter, there are various expectations of what a cobbler should truly be. Well, I’m not here to argue technical or historical definitions, but I would venture to claim that this is a pretty common manifestation of cobbler in the south.
Your start with your fruit, and in Texas, that typically means peaches or blackberries, since those are abundant through the summer in these parts. Of course, when your favorite stone fruit or berry is out of season, frozen fruit makes a great substitute for fresh. To make this cobbler, simply cook your desired fruit with a simple syrup until it gets, well, syrupy. In the meantime, whip up a basic batter. Melt your butter in a baking dish, pour in the batter, and then spoon the fruit on top. The fruit will initially sink, but as your cobbler bakes, some of it will rise to the top. The result is a cake-like dessert with a gorgeous fruity layer ribboned throughout.
And did I mention ice cream? In my humble opinion, cobbler is best served warm (either fresh out of the oven or reheated), and it must be topped with vanilla ice cream. If you’re feeling particularly industrious, homemade is even better. 😉
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been known to enjoy this Blackberry Cobbler for breakfast. It’s made with fruit, right? So it can’t be that bad. Of course, it’s easier to justify eating cobbler for breakfast than ice cream, but what’s a girl to do?
Well, let me tell you what a girl does. A girl gets a carton of vanilla yogurt out of the fridge and spoons that on top of her cobbler for a perfectly acceptable breakfast variation. Brilliant, right? And, I can assure you, delicious.
So the next time you have an occasion to make a summertime sweet treat — like perhaps this weekend? — go for this glorious Blackberry Cobbler! It’s like the downhome comfort food of desserts. And rumor has it it can even double as breakfast. 😉
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