Bountiful Berry Cobbler

4 Berry Cobbler Desocio In the Kitchen

Does anyone not like berry cobbler? Not me, I love the stuff! In fact, I’ll take a berry dessert over a chocolate one any day. As far back as I can remember I’ve loved cobbler, there’s just something about it that warms my heart…and my belly.

This recipe is so simple, the flavors however are anything but, the sweet berries mixed with sugar and baked under a topping that can only be described as divine combination of cake and biscuit all in one. Have the recipe booked marked…people are going to ask for it. :)

There are a couple ways you could make this cobbler. Traditionally you’d bake cobbler it in a medium size baking dish and scoop out servings, but I had just purchased these cute mini cast iron cocottes and really wanted to use them. I really enjoy presenting individual servings, it’s like you had your guests in mind as you were making the personalized dessert. I got these mini cocottes at Bed Bath & Beyond and so reasonably priced I picked up 6! Do remember though cast iron does require a little more care than most baking dishes (wash and dry immediately and coat in olive oil so it does’t rust) but I don’t mind the extra clean up when I have the time.

Also, you’ll see in the photo’s I tried 2 ways for the crust topping. On two I did a crumble and on the other two I did a solid crust. For some reason I liked the crumble better, I think because every now and then you get an extra thick bite of crust which is my favorite part. :)

Mixed berries covered in sugar and a little cornstarch. Let them rest for a few minutes and they will start to release their juices. This process is called macerate.

Mixed berries covered in sugar and a little cornstarch. Let them rest for a few minutes and they will start to release their juices. This process is called macerate.

Chilled butter with the flour mixture. Smash and mush together until you have a course meal mixture.

Chilled butter with the flour mixture. Smash and mush together until you have a course meal mixture.

divide berries evenly among cocottes or place all the berries in a baking dish (roughly 9x9) of your choice.

divide berries evenly among cocottes or place all the berries in a baking dish (roughly 9x9) of your choice.

To crumble or not? :)

To crumble or not? :)

Bake at 400°F or UNTIL golden brown and berries are bubbling.

Bake at 400°F or UNTIL golden brown and berries are bubbling.

Eat and enjoy! And don’t forget the vanilla bean ice cream!

Eat and enjoy! And don’t forget the vanilla bean ice cream!

Ingredients - yields 4 individual cocottes or 1, 9x9 baking dish

Berry Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
6-7 cups fresh berries (I used black berries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries)

Dough:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons salt
5 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chilled whole milk

How To

Berry Filling:
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Wash berries and quarter strawberries (if using and/of if they are large) and place in a large bowl. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a separate bowl, stir to mix. Pour half the sugar mixture over berries, gently stir then add the remainder of the sugar mixture. Stir gently until all berries are covered. Set aside to macerate while you make the dough.

Dough:
1. Whisk 1 1/3 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp salt in a bowl. Add butter; using fingertips, smash and rub in butter until a coarse meal forms. Add 1/2 cup milk, a little a time, and stir until dough forms.

2. Divide the berries amounts 4 greased cocottes or pour into a greased baking dish.

3. You have 2 options here: you can pull apart the dough and crumble on top the berries or you can roll out the dough enough to cover the baking dish. Your choice but I like the crumble, it’s quicker, less to clean up and I like the thick pieces in the cobbler.

4. After you have the crust on the berries. Bake until fruit is bubbling and dough is cooked through and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes; serve with vanilla bean ice cream or the flavor of your choice.