Blackberry cobbler is a timeless, delectable summery dessert! A perfect ending to a fun-filled afternoon spent picking fresh berries on the farm or in your backyard. If you managed to save a few, you’re in for an exceptional treat.
Cobbler is a simple dessert originating from the British American colonies. Steamed or suet puddings were a popular dessert among the English settlers. The ingredients for these favored dishes were not easily accessible, thus a cobbler-like dessert was born. Stewed fruits and layered biscuits for a dessert were more suitable at the time. Many versions of cobbler have emerged since its debut. Whether it has a bottom and top crust or a drop-biscuit or crumb-like topping – cobblers are essentially a classic American deep-dish fruity dish.
Our blackberry cobbler has a biscuit, crumb-like topping. The baked golden rounds atop the blackberries bestow a cobblestone-like appearance, hence the clever name for this classic dessert!
- 4 cups fresh blackberries
- 3/4 cup water, divided
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cups cold butter
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 9×13 baking dish
- small saucepan
- large bowl
- fork or pastry blender
- medium saucepan
- large spoon
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash and dry the blackberries. Set aside. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter, dust with flour and set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil. In a large bowl, pour in the flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Using a fork or pastry blender cut in the cold butter until you have a crumb-like mixture. Pour the boiling water over the crumb mixture. Stir until the mixture is moist.
In a medium saucepan dissolve the cornstarch in the remaining 1/4 cup of water. Stir in remaining 3/4 cup sugar. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and fresh blackberries. Mix until well blended. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
Pour the blackberry mixture in the prepared baking dish. Next, using a large spoon, drop the crumb mixture into the baking dish by spoonfuls. Place the baking dish into the preheated oven uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of the cobbler are golden brown. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!
If you’d prefer to use a cast iron skillet to prepare your blackberry cobbler, skip the baking dish! Keep the baking time the same.
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Different Types Of Cobbler
Our blackberry cobbler recipe is easily customizable to suit your tastes. Simply switch out the blackberries with various fruits such as blueberries, cherries, apples, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, or rhubarb! The possibilities for this traditional dish are endless! Whatever you choose, top your homemade cobbler with some delicious homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for some added sweetness!