June 24, 2008
Tuesdays With Dorie: My Version Of A Mixed Berry Cobbler, With A Mini Blueberry Sidecar Cobbler On The Side
It's Tuesday! So you know what that means...Tuesdays with Dorie! Not to mention today is Alexis' fifth birthday! Five years...Where has the time gone!??!? I most likely will not get a chance to get around to everyone's blogs today to see your cobblers and comment since we'll be having a fun day of birthday celebration, starting with a waffle breakfast and presents and then a trip to the zoo instead, so please forgive me this week! I'm sure you all understand and I'll be back around the block next week!
So this week's recipe was Mixed Berry Cobbler and was chosen by Beth of Our Sweet Life! And cobbler is one of those desserts from my childhood. My mom made many cobblers! Normally she would make peach, which I adored, or blackberry, which was not my thing, and it was most likely served while still hot with some vanilla ice cream! So I have to admit when I saw Dorie's recipe I decided immediately that I would be using my own recipe this week, but that's good for you because you get an extra recipe, and who doesn't like another recipe to add to the collection! ;oP
I actually made two cobblers. I made the Mixed Berry version for my sister, because I had some frozen raspberries that I needed to get rid of. In honor of full disclosure I have to say I detest raspberries. I've tried them over an over, but I just do not like them. I do not like blackberries either. With raspberries it's a taste (Too sweet? Too tart? I can't figure it out!) and texture thing (they are fury!) and with blackberries it's just a taste thing. Alexis had wanted to try raspberries, so we picked up a small package and she wasn't all that fond on them, so I froze them, intending to give them to my sister anyway because she does like them and then I kept forgetting to take them to her so now she got them, but she just got them in a bit different form! ;oP
I also made a small mini-cobbler with just blueberries for me. I ended up putting all the strawberries in the Mixed berry cobbler. But I was ok with just blueberries too. I love me some blueberries!
My sister brought over some berries that they had picked at their CSA and I used those. There is just nothing like a fresh strawberry! I must say however that I do not agree with Dorie in terms of strawberries in cobbler (or maybe cooking in general). I don't find that they have too much water content in them and I don't find that they make a soggy cobbler. In fact I've made cobblers many times with only strawberries and they turn out no differently than any other, so throw in as many strawberries as you like!
Sadly I didn't have any vanilla ice cream on hand, but the cobbler was good all on it's own. My sister really liked the Mixed Berry version. (She tried both and actually took the Mixed Berry Cobbler home!) I tried them both as well, but to me the Mixed Berry version was overpowered by the raspberries. Katherine commented on how the raspberry didn't over take the cobbler, but I think for me if the raspberry is there at all I taste it and it ruins the entire thing for me. Oh well. She enjoyed it and that is all that counts!
So there you have it my take on this week's Tuesday With Dorie Mixed Berry Cobbler. Check out the recipe below and be sure and stop over at the other Tuesday With Dorie blogs and see how their cobblers turned out!
What You'll Need For The Mixed Berry Cobbler Filling:
3-4 cups of mixed berries
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1/2 cup of apple juice
Place berries in a large bowl. (Note: They can be fresh, frozen, or a mixture of both. Also if you want more than 4 cups of berries throw them in...There are no wrong answers with cobbler!) I used fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries and frozen raspberries. Add sugar and apple juice and stir to coat. Set aside.
What You'll Need For The Cobbler "Dough":
2 cups of unbleached flour
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/3 cup of organic sugar
1 cup of half and half
1 cup of light sour cream (Note: I normally use buttermilk, but I was out and sour cream works just fine.)
1 stick of butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and organic cane sugar until well mixed. Next add half and half, sour cream and eggs and stir until smooth. Add melted butter and stir until completely mixed. (Note: You'll have a batter, not a dough.)
Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray and pour the batter into the dish. Dump the fruit mixture on top of the batter and place the baking dish on a baking tray so if it spills over you're oven is safe from dirtiness! ;o) Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30-340 minutes until crust is well browned. Serve immediately or keep covered and serve at room temperature.
Notes: I sometimes sprinkle sugar on the top of the cobbler before baking, though I did not this time. Also cobbler is superb with vanilla ice cream so don't be afraid to break out a scoop or two! ;o)
Posted by Dianne at June 24, 2008 6:52 AM
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*gasp* Who doesn't like raspberries?!? Well, at least you liked the blueberry sidecar cobbler :)
Posted by: Caitlin at June 24, 2008 7:31 AM
My husband doesn't care for raspberries either, so I have to hide them...in things like cobbler! Your photos and food look very lovely and tasty, as always.
Happy Birthday, Alexis! (I remember when my boys turned 9 sitting bolt upright in bed one morning thinking, "My time with them at home is half over, OH MY GOODNESS!" It goes so quickly, doesn't it? Mine are going to be 16 this year...enjoy the AGE 5!)
Posted by: Kayte at June 24, 2008 7:36 AM
Time is running, enjoy your nine year old :-)
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Posted by: Ulrike at June 24, 2008 8:51 AM
Happy birthday Alexis!
Dianne, the cobbler looks amazing - better than the Dorie recipe (shh, don't tell anyone I said that). It looks more "fluffy" and substantial. Almost like a dutch baby.
Posted by: Megan at June 24, 2008 9:42 AM
Impressive cobbler, I've never seen anything like it!
Posted by: Mari at June 24, 2008 11:14 AM
That's one impressive cobbler! I've never seen anything like it!
Posted by: mari at June 24, 2008 11:17 AM
it looks delicious with the layers of berries! great idea :)
Posted by: kim at June 24, 2008 12:14 PM
fluffy fluffy - look so good!
and the blueberry one? OMG - heavenly.
Posted by: Susan at June 24, 2008 1:46 PM
I love it when the fruit is all baked in the batter. Yum.
Posted by: Kelly at June 24, 2008 3:10 PM
yum, yum, yum, yum! I need another one! :) I guess I could take my berries from the farm this week and make my own, huh? :)
Posted by: katherine at June 24, 2008 8:00 PM
Oh yum! Your pics are beautiful and your cobbler looks delicious!
Posted by: Christine at June 24, 2008 9:23 PM
Looks lovely! I'd never heard of putting the fruit on top of a cobbler (except for a Blueberry Buckle which is more of a cake, really). Is it a Southern USA tradition? I'll have to try it sometime!
Maybe strawberries work better in your "batter on the bottom" version than in the "biscuit on the top" version. I bet the juice just gets soaked up (yum, yum!)
Posted by: Barbara at June 25, 2008 12:55 AM
You are very kind to your sister--but so nice that you didn't forget yourself either! Hope your daughter had a happy day.
Posted by: Bumblebutton at June 25, 2008 11:04 AM
It may be a Southern thing to add the fruit on top. That's how my mom always has done it and she lives in TN. :o)
We had a very wonderful birthday! Her party is on Saturday so I'm trying to get everything in order and cleaned up so I can work on her cake on Friday.
Posted by: Dianne at June 25, 2008 5:01 PM
I'm from the south and we (at least in my family) put the fruit on the bottom. Personally, I don't care where its at as long as I get a big serving! It looks tasty! Great job!
Posted by: Heather B at June 25, 2008 6:29 PM
Looks delicious! I love that you did two versions! Wow.
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Posted by: Shari at June 25, 2008 8:01 PM
Maybe it's just a my Mom thing then! ;o)
The blueberry version was really good, but then again I'm all about the blueberries! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 26, 2008 9:14 AM
Wow, those cobblers are intense. Good show, really.
Posted by: rainbowbrown at June 26, 2008 10:28 AM
The "just blueberry" one looks yummy. And thanks for the alternate recipe. Happy belated b'day Alexis!
Posted by: Dolores at June 26, 2008 10:59 PM
Alexis had a really good birthday week...From her actual birthday, to Jamison's family visiting, to her birthday party and now my parents coming today she's been a happy little clam!
Posted by: Dianne at June 29, 2008 11:03 AM