2015-08-13 / From The Garden

Old-Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler

Serves 6-8

1/2 cup melted butter
(do not let it turn brown)
1¼ cups sugars
2 tbs. sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. natural vanilla
2 cups freshly picked and rinsed

Preheat oven to 350º

Grease a three-quart baking dish with butter or spray oil. In a bowl, mix one cup sugar, (reserving the extra quarter cup for later) flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and milk together. Then, stir in the melted butter. Pour the batter into the baking dish.

Rinse and very gently dry the berries with paper towels. Sprinkle the blackberries over the top of the batter. With your fingers, sprinkle the remaining sugar over the berries. Bake for 30 minutes. Quickly open the oven and pull the rack out, sprinkle the remaining 1 1/4 tsp. sugar on the cobbler. The sugar will insure a crusty, sweet topping. Place the dish back in the oven and continue baking for another 15 minutes or until the cobbler is bubbly and golden brown. Let the cobbler cool for at least 15 - 20 minutes before serving. The flavor of the berries will be stronger than if served piping hot.

Being a purest and loving the flavor of blackberries, I forgo the excess of whipped cream or ice cream. Why drown this glorious berry? This is one of the real tastes of summer.

–Cynthia Gibson

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