Blackberry Cobbler

We all know the idiom “When life gives you lemons. . .”  That said, this summer has given us an abundance of blackberries.  Which is why I’m making cobbler.  Well that and because my friend, Miss Danielle Bell of de Porres, told me I should.  When I told her of the surfeit we had and asked whether I should make preserves or pies, she answered with a resounding “COBBLER!”  As her sentiment was strongly supported and echoed on my Facebook wall, I thought I better listen.  Below is the recipe I used this evening based on her instructions.  Let me tell you she is a lady whose word is to be heeded.

Ingredients:

1/2 recipe of Only the Best Brisée Ever

4 cups of blackberries

the zest of 2 small lemons and part of your knuckles if you’re not careful like me (Here’s my public service announcement:  Do not drink and zest.)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract

1/2 cup Demerara sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

freshly grated nutmeg (I only went the length of the grater 4 times.  Just enough for a little exotic dust.)

egg wash

Method:

Preheat your oven to 450F/230C/Gas 8.

In a large bowl, mix all your ingredients together except for the berries.  Those you will gently stir in and coat once everything else has combined.  Otherwise, you’ll beat your berries to a pulp.  You don’t want that.

nutmeg

berry mixture

Set the bowl aside.

Divide your dough into three sections.  Two of equal size and small one for rolling cut outs you’ll put on top.

Roll the first piece so it’s large enough to line the bottom of your dish.

1st layer

Spoon a layer of fruit on top of that.

2nd layer

Now do another layer of dough followed by another layer of fruit.  After that, place your cut outs on top and brush with the egg wash.

cut outs with egg wash

Bake for 20 minutes then turn down the heat to 375F/190C/Gas 5.  Continue baking for another 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.

finished cobbler

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or Greek yogurt.

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26 thoughts on “Blackberry Cobbler

  1. Princess! You’re back !! Oh how I’ve missed you and your deliciousness. I hope you’re having a wonderful summer – how could you not be, with all of these amazing blackberries?!? I LOVE blackberries. This looks amazing!

    • I am! I’ve not been far away. I’ve just been baking and cooking so much I can’t keep up with the writing. Not when I throw in family life and extracurriculars. That said, I have taken TONS of pictures. xo

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a cobbler. It looks delicious though, and I just took a look at de Porres… yum! I definitely agree that any advice from Danielle should be heeded! One presumably silly question: the first photograph you’ve posted, is that a cross-section of nutmeg? At first I thought it was a truffle, but then after reading the recipe I figured it must be nutmeg!! Weird. I’ve only ever bought it ground so I’m a wee bit ignorant! Anyway, thanks for this gorgeous recipe… as soon as berries hit the shelves here (it’s currently still winter so we’re getting boring apples and oranges only) I am going to cobbler it up!! xx

    • Thanks for reading. Yes, that’s nutmeg you see. Fresh nutmeg is really cheap here and so much better than the powder which is why I always have it on hand. I hope you like it in a few months time.

      • Ah, I will look out for the fresh version of nutmeg. I do think that fresh spices taste so much better 🙂 Thanks for the reply lovely x

  3. I love your sense of whimsy, Princess. “Eat Me” indeed. How cute 🙂 Do you have a stamp for that?

    I envy you your blackberries. We pay big bucks to get a plastic container full and they’re usually ok, sometimes really good, but never spectacular. Naughty Peter Rabbit Paradise sounds like a place I’d like to be 🙂 Could help poor Peter get out of his scrapes.

    Did Helena end up with a blackberry-stained face?

    • Liz, I do have a stamp! I got it on eBay a few years back when I was on the hunt for Alice in Wonderland themed cookie cutters. No particular reason. I’m just a child like that. Helena had a very stained face! How’d you guess? The problem with taking Helena brambling is that she eats the berries the moment you pick them. Still, there doesn’t seem to be an issue with supply and demand!

      • Am off to look for an Eat Me stamp 🙂 Have a Bite Me cake story that I will bring over to facebook for you. It involves rum drinks.

  4. whatever pops into my mind to say by way of comment makes me sound like a fan girl of yours which I am but still, I must maintain my decorum, ahem, but I will say that having a surplus of blackberries is such an amazingly wonderful dilemma and I’m with Helena, I would be stuffing and staining my face when brambling and also, love this word “brambling” now will have to find an excuse and context to use it and that the cobbler looks yummilicious and since you still have blackberries left you really should preserve some as well. Thank you for the PSA re zesting and drinking. Please do another one re mandoline-ing (sp?) and drinking as well. Also: fresh nutmeg? Had never seen it! so cool.

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