Summer Treats

July 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

With the arrival of summer comes sweet and succulent berries that can be paired with a mix of butter, flour, and sugar to form a delicous cobbler.  I am fortunate enough to have an abundance of blackberry bushes along the road by our house.  This makes for easy picking.  I simply send the husband out the door armed with a bowl.  Over the weekend, the in-laws came over for dinner.  I decided a blackberry cobbler (Paula Dean style) topped with vanilla ice cream would make the perfect after-dinner treat.

Blackberry Cobbler (from The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cookbook)

1 stick unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup self-rising flour

3/4 cup milk

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Put butter in a deep baking dish and place in oven to melt.  Meanwhile, in a sauce pan bring 2 cups of blackberries, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water to a boil.  Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar and flour.  Slowly add milk to prevent lumping.  Pour mixture over the melted butter.  Do not stir!  Spoon fruit and syrup mixture on top.  Do not stir!  Batter will rise to the top during baking.  Bake for 30-45 minutes.

This turned out pretty tasty.  Sorry no picture, it disappeared fast.  I would make a couple of modifications though.  The blackberry syrup was a bit runny.  I would either reduce the water to 1/2 cup or add a  bit of  cornstarch to thicken it up.

What is your favorite summer treat?

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