blueberry cobbler

November 17, 2006


Dr. Tom is my Dad’s best friend. Among other things, he’s famous for his obsession with blackberries, sugar, and also for his cobbler. OK, at least he’s famous for making his Grandmom’s blackberry cobbler. Last summer I was on the East Coast for a few weeks, and the guys headed up into the mountains for a few days of fishing and cabin time. This is another way of saying I spooked a bunch of fish, fell in the creek a few times, and at night we ate and drank ourselves silly. One night between bouts of chugging Cabernet and searing dry-aged ribeyes, I found this recipe while thumbing through an old stack of recipe cards. I hurriedly copied it into my journal, unsure of whether or not this was a secret family recipe. I made mine with Alaskan blueberries.

2 cups blackberries
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
3 tbs Crisco
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs flour
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups boiling water

Put the berries in a baking pan and sprinkle them with lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl, cream 1/2 cup of sugar with Crisco, and then add the flour (sifted), baking powder, and salt. Mix in the milk to make a thick batter and pour this over the berries. Mix the 1 tablespoon of flour with the remaining cup and a half of sugar and sprinkle over the top of the batter. Yes, this is lot of sugar. Do it anyway. Pour the boiling water over the sugar/batter. Yes, this looks funny. Resist the urge to stir and mix things about. Pop into a hot oven and bake for about an hour at 350-375 degrees, or until brown and crispy.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 christine (myplateoryours) November 22, 2006 at

Someone in our household (not me) has a serious blueberry habit and frequently craves cobbler. We’ll try this when we get some decent berries again.

2 Julia November 23, 2006 at

haha – glad you wrote it down! it looks amazing, really yummy! =)
would love to have a piece right now…
one question; what is crisco? is it a kind of butter?

Jared says; Hi Julia, Crisco is a common brand-name shortening found in the US. It’s made purely of vegetable oil.

3 Lisabeth November 26, 2006 at

Thanks for sharing such a YUMMY recipe. Your blog, beautiful food and AK pics make me hungry and inspired. I used raspberries picked in September in Homer and the result was delicious. Cheers!

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