Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blackberry Cobbler for the 4th!

Fresh blackberries have always been a favorite fruit in our house. So last year, when my husband added an orchard and a garden to his hunting camp, he made sure to plant lots of blackberry vines.

Starting in early June, my daughters and I began joining him to "pick the crop" off the trellises. (Although at times, there was more eating than picking!) The vines, thick with our crop, reminded me of the verse from John 15: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing". This was Jesus' acknowledgement that his living energy as well as his spiritual reality, would continue to nourish and sustain us. What an incredible gift from God! Read more at: http://www.gotquestions.org/true-vine.html#ixzz36S49okX4

We also gathered peppers, okra, kale, cabbage, tomatoes...enough produce to fill our fridge and to give to family and friends. Although we shared some of the blackberries, the majority have made their way into our "can't-believe-this-stuff-is-kinda-good-for-me" blackberry cobbler.

My oldest daughter found a great recipe that she altered to make it even healthier. We'll definitely add it to our 4th of July menu!

Blackberry Cobbler

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed & drained

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Then line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter and coconut oil until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/4 cup boiling water until mixture is evenly moist.
3. In another bowl, dissolve cornstarch in cold water. Mix in remaining 1/2 cup sugar, lemon juice and blackberries. Transfer to a cast iron skillet and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Drop spoonfuls of dough into the skillet over the blackberry mixture. Place skillet on foil lined baking sheet.
Bake 25 minutes, until dough is golden brown. (Optional: top with a scoop of ice cream.)

Enjoy a fresh dessert for the Fourth of July - or anytime!

2 comments:

ellie said...

Oh, such a great recipe! I've been picking our blackberries and hope this year I can make seedless jam.

Leslie Baker said...

I'm glad you like it! Jam sounds great, too. I've always wanted to try and make it!