Thursday, August 8, 2013

blackberry cobbler

Okay, so this was awesome. It's actually been in the fridge for a day or 2 and I wasn't going to eat any of it so Ed could have it all, but it was calling my name this morning so I decided to have a bit. Good decision and bad all at the same time. Ed will be lucky if he gets any more.
Look how nice these are! Ed went to the flea market last weekend and got these babies for only 5 bucks! 5 bucks for almost a full pound of blackberries is a steal, so I decided I could make a cobbler.
Very simple- the filling is just blackberries, sugar, lime zest and lime juice.
The acid from the lime juice makes the berries macerate and get all juicy.
Pour these little delights into a baking dish and then it's time to start the cobbler part. Which, really, is my favorite part.
COLD butter cut into flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. This is the hardest part of the whole recipe.
Keep cutting until it looks like this...
Whisk the egg directly into the cream and then drizzle it into the flour and butter mixture.
That looks about right. Now, just grab little bits of this and drop it on top of the blackberries.
Just like this. Now, dust the whole thing with a little bit of sugar and here's a little secret.
Put the cobbler on top of a pan lined with aluminum foil. That way, it it bubbles over, it doesn't get onto the oven and you have easy clean up.
A little bit later and this is what pops out of the oven. So good. The only thing this needs is some whipped cream or ice cream and it's good to go!
Blackberry Cobbler
1 lb blackberries
1/4 cup and 2 Tablespoons sugar, divided
Zest of 1/2 a lime
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine together blackberries, 1/4 cup sugar, lime zest and juice. Mix together and pour into a baking dish. Set aside. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cut butter into slices and using a pastry cutter, cut butter into the flour until it resembles mealy crumbles. Whisk together egg and heavy cream then drizzle into the flour and butter mixture. Dough should be completely moist and thick but not sticky. Pulls small chunks of the dough from the bowl and drop them on the top of the blackberries. Sprinkle a small amount of sugar on the top of both the blackberries and dough and slide into the oven. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until cobbler topping is golden brown and blackberries are bubbling. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!