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NOT ALL SUMMER BERRIES ARE EQUAL

July 22, 2021 1 Comment

NOT ALL SUMMER BERRIES ARE EQUAL

Berries are part of the delight of summer. Whether you mix them with other fruits in a salad or add them to yogurt as a breakfast treat or just pop them into your mouth as a snack they are one of the enjoyments of the season.

Over the years I’ve discovered that not all berries are equal—that is, when you combine them into one of my favorite desserts, berry cobbler. This is the dessert I serve at our paella parties, because it’s a good contrast to the full flavors of the paella.

One of my favorite berries are raspberries, but when cooked they don’t hold up; they become liquid and lose their flavor in the sauce. On the other hand, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are perfect for cobbler because they soften enough to create a sauce but not enough to lose their shape. So each spoonful you pull from the cobbler comes out with berries combined with the delicious crusty topping.

Because the topping is so good, I always double the recipe so I have more than enough to cover the berries with big chunks of the topping before it goes in the oven. 

Berries for cobbler

Berry Cobbler

Serves: 8
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Preheat oven 375°
Use a 2-quart shallow baking dish

 

Ingredients
2 containers strawberries
2 containers blueberries
1 container blackberries
⅓  cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Cobbler topping

Topping
      1½ cups flour
      ¾ cup sugar
      ¾ cup brown sugar
      1 stick butter cut into ½ cubes, room temperature
 

Directions

  1. Butter 2-quart baking dish.
  2. In a bowl combine the 2 tablespoons flour and ⅓ cup sugar. Add berries and stir to coat berries evenly.
  3. Pour fruit into buttered 2-quart baking dish making certain to include all sugar and flour left in the bowl. Mix gently.
  4. Make topping in separate bowl. Mix flour, sugar, and cubes of butter. With your hands, blend butter into flour sugar mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
  5. Then using your fingers, squeeze a handful of topping, letting it crumble in chunks over berries, covering berries completely.

Cobbler topping

Berry cobbler

  1. Place dish on a sheet pan to catch any drippings. Bake in upper third of oven until filling is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden, about 50 minutes.

From Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook page 311

Using the same recipe, try experimenting with different fruits such as: peaches and apricots and, as the season changes, try apples and pears. 

Do you have a special way to enjoy berries?
Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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1 Response

Judy Taussik
Judy Taussik

July 23, 2021

Your cobbler is always the perfect ending to your wonderful paella party!
P.S. I am not really a dessert person but this dish is delicious and perfect when entertaining a large group..

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