Here’s a little Spring/Summer baking inspiration. I made these beauty-ful berry-ful Mixed Berry Cobblers at work today. Cobblers are so perfect for this time of year, especially during summer when the berries are ripe and fresh. Here I used fresh strawberries, blueberries, and frozen huckleberries. This cobbler topping is absolutely perfect, and everything that it should be. I read that the topping is supposed to look kind of piece-y and lumpy, like cobblestones, which is how it got it’s name.
I had to take a quick shot with my phone camera as I was working, since they were looking so mouth-watering delicious when I pulled them out. I’m not ever there in the evening when they’re plating them up all pretty and serving them in all their glory, but really these guys don’t need much dressing and garnishing, perfect right out of the oven just like this. I will definitely be making more cobblers throughout the Spring and Summer…
::Recipe:: Mixed Berry Cobblers
2 c. strawberries, quartered or halved
3 c. blueberries, huckleberries, and/or any other fruit of your choosing
3/4 c. sugar
1 T. flour
1 1/2 T. instant tapioca
1-2 T. juice of lemon or orange
zest of 1 lemon or orange, (optional)
Toss all together in a large bowl, set aside.
1 3/4 c. AP flour
1/2 c. sugar
pinch of salt
2 1/2 t. baking powder
4 oz. (1/2 c.) cold butter, cut into cubes
1 egg + 1 yolk
2/3 c. heavy cream
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Work the cold butter cubes into the dry mix with your fingertips, rubbing into the dry mix until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Combine the egg, yolk, and cream in a small bowl, stir together, then gently stir into the flour mixture only until combined, careful not to over-work or over mix. The dough should be loose, lumpy, and light.
Pour fruit mixture into a buttered baking dish (9 x 9) or individual baking dishes. Carefully drop spoonfuls of dough on top of fruit, leaving it loose and lumpy, it should look rough and rustic, like cobblestones. Bake until topping is golden brown, about 40-50 min.
Enjoy warm or at room temperature, better yet with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.