Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Blueberry and Strawberry Cobbler for July 4th


Berry desserts are my favorite kind of desserts!

My friends and family seem to feel the same way since I always get compliments and smiling faces when I bring this cobbler to share.  It is packed with juicy blueberries and strawberries with a crispy-on-top, soft-and-fluffy-on-the-bottom topping that somehow becomes a light and refreshing dessert, perfect after a summer meal.  This started as a Cooking Light recipe and then I made a few modifications and made it a lighter by substituting Greek yogurt in for sour cream.

{By the way, if you like this post, blueberries and/or recipe, you have to check out these crazy delicious Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins I recently made.  They are the best muffins I've ever had!  I didn't know that was even a thing!}

Andy and I had big Fourth of July plans to stay home this year: we were staying home to tend to our flower beds.  They were wild and overgrown and we dedicated our three day weekend to giving them some much needed tough love.

While we spent nearly 8 hours of our Saturday out in the yard, ripping out weeds and digging up unwanted prickly bushes (seriously, who plants a prickly bush near your house?!), we were happy to accept an invitation to join my in-laws, Andy's parents, for dinner at their house Saturday evening.  It was a small gathering; just me and Andy, the parents and Lesli's sweet father, Herb (he turns 90 tomorrow July 16!).  THE people I wanted to bake my light berry cobbler for!

We happened to have a substantial amount of spare blueberries in our fridge from our recent trip to the farmers market (as mentioned in this post) and I usually have strawberries on hand so around 5pm I scrubbed the dirt and sweat off of me as quickly as I could and headed down to the kitchen to make some magic...


Normally one photo of berries would suffice, but I. Just. Can't. Stop.


 Look at them!  So fresh and juicy!








^^ I substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream all the time now and I've learned that adding vanilla extra makes the yogurt more "stirrable" and give a dish a little more oomph!


^^ The butter after it has been cut into the dry ingredients.



^^ This dry and clumpy cobbler topping ends up looking a little rough before baking, but it gets better.  I drop it by the spoonful, evenly across the top of the berries then sprinkle the remaining butter batter around the top to fill in the holes...



After about 50 minutes in the oven it looks like THIS:


Crispy, golden topping with bubbly berries peeking up the sides!

We wrapped this beauty in tin foil, a clean kitchen towel and rushed to our parents house carrying the loot with hot pads!


^^ A patriotic welcome awaited us

No one was surprised when I asked to take a few pictures of our group before we went in for dinner ;)




Things got silly, very quickly...



But eventually we migrated indoors...



In addition to the cobbler, I also brought this potato dish.  A take on cheesy scalloped potatoes but this time I used:  sweet potatoes and yukon gold potatoes, onions, a slice of pancetta, chicken broth, thyme, marjoram, parsley, salt and pepper, and only about 1 c of sharp cheddar, and it was beautiful.  I love scalloped potatoes but I don't always feel good about the amount of cheese and cream/milk goes into.  This is a perfect, healthier substitute and was a bit of an experiment!  Everyone loved it and I will be making this again.  And of course, when I lock down the recipe, I'll share it with you on LBL!

 
Andy and Lesli prepared a baked walleye with herbs from their hydroponic garden and black olives and some corn on the cob.


Family dinners are wonderful and a little easier to host when the workload is shared.  We are so lucky to be in a family where everyone loves to cook and is pretty darn good at it!

Speaking of being good at it...we were in a rush to get the cobbler out the door and I accidentally undercooked it (doughy middle) so when we gave it a little power bake on 425 at the parents' house, I burnt it.  Not to be dramatic, but I was devastated!  But only until we took the first bite, PHEW!  As you can see in this shot, only the top was brulee'd and the middle and bottom of the cobbler was perfect, soft, buttery and a perfect vehicle to soak up the berries!  The brulee top tasted like a very fine layer of french toast, yum!



Blueberry & Strawberry "Light" Cobbler

Ingredients for the berry filling:
6 c fresh berries
1/3 c sugar
4 tbsp flour
1 tsp grated lemon rind, chopped

Ingredients for the cobbler topping:
1 1/3 c flour
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
5 tbsp chilled butter
1 c greek yogurt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour your berries into the baking dish you plan to use.  Sprinkle with lemon rind, sugar and flour and fold to coat all of the berries.

For the filling, cut your butter into small cubes and put back into the fridge until you need it.  Next combine the first 5 ingredients and whisk to make sure everything is evenly incorporated.  In a small bowl stir the Greek yogurt with the vanilla until smooth and set aside.  Take your butter out of the fridge and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the dry ingredients.  See the picture above for what this should look like when you're done cutting the butter.  It won't be perfect, but you don't want to overwork it.  Next add spoonfuls of the Greek yogurt throughout the dry batter.  I found that if I put the yogurt in only one spot, it is harder to get distributed evenly.  Again, check out the pictures to see what the dough should look like.

Drop dough by spoonfuls onto blueberry filling and then bake for 45 minutes or until dough is turning brown and the berries are bubbling up the sides.  After 45 minutes, turn up the oven to 425 and bake for 3 to 5 minutes (a broiler might work too!) to get that crispy creme brulee look on top.



If you make this cobbler please tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see your creation!!!  Or if you prefer to observe rather than make, 'Like' my Facebook page so you'll be up to date when new posts are up ;)

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2 comments:

  1. The berry cobbler looks too good for words. I love the colors. The final product is seriously mouthwatering. :]

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    1. Carmen, it was!!! We shared leftovers with the parents so we could all have cobbler for the morning too! I'm such a sucker for berries ;) Thanks for stopping by! - Charlie

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