Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Blackberry Cobbler Cake

So, I'm not quite sure what to call this thing.  Is it a cobbler?  Is it a cake?  If you have two cups of blackberries (or any fruit) at your disposal and a few other staples you can whip one up... and the one thing I know for sure is that it is delicious, no matter WHAT you call it.  This is another recipe I am testing out from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman's cookbook.  She definitely calls this thing a cobbler.  My only trouble with that is that growing up, our cobblers were fruit on the bottom, with globs of sweet biscuit dough on top.  This is just the opposite, with a sweet easy batter on the bottom, with berries sprinkled on the top and baked in.  Either way, you are going to want to make this as soon as humanly possible.

I'm calling this blackberry cobbler cake, just to be safe.

You only will need a few ingredients:

1 stick of butter (melted)
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of self rising flour (*See note below)
1 cup of milk
2 cups of washed blackberries
1/4 cup of sugar for the topping

*Note.  Ree says to use self rising flour, which I did not have on hand.  I also didn't want to go out and buy a whole 5-pound bag of self rising flour for just one recipe.  A quick Google search will give you an easy substitution using regular all-purpose flour, which more people will have in their pantries and I will show that below.

Okay first you want to melt your stick of butter in the microwave:

I did 20 seconds at time until it was melted - once melted, set aside

Next, add 1 cup of sugar to a medium bowl

Now here comes the flour.  Ree says 1 cup of self rising flour...

So the secret to make regular AP (all purpose) flour into self rising, simply add 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.  There are many versions and ratios out there on the baking powder, salt, and flour amounts, this is the one I chose to try.

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt turn AP flour into self rising flour

Next add 1 cup of milk and whisk the batter together

That was a lot of pale ingredients in one place, no?  Let's add some color next

Remember your melted butter?  Now is the time to stir it in.

Pour the batter into a baking dish

This I believe was a 2 or 3 quart baking dish

Next you want to add your blackberries.  We are fortunate to have some blackberry bushes growing over the fence in our backyard and the girls loved helping daddy pick enough for our little cobbler/cake here.  We washed and patted them dry.

Next add or sprinkle in 2 cups of blackberries on top of the batter in the baking dish.

Spread out the berries evenly

Then take and sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar all over the top of the cobbler cake

This will turn into sort of a brule' type topping.  It will also crisp up the edges into a divine crunchy golden delight
Put it in a 350ยบ oven for one hour, or until golden brown and bubbly.  Ree also suggested sprinkling another Tablespoon of sugar over the top the last ten minutes of baking time... we did that... we are rule followers.

After that you can let it cool a bit and serve it warm, or serve it a bit later when it's completely cooled with a bit of whipped cream.

This is a fabulous way to use 2 cups of blackberries.  YUM.
And with whipped cream?? Even BETTER!


We took this over to my mom's house last night after she invited us over for an impromptu dinner.  Let's just say it was the hit of the evening.  So for now the great debate rages on.  What do you say this is.... is it a cake, is it a cobbler, or my newfangled hybrid name of cobbler cake??


Staci said...

Would you be able to add a printable recipe link to this one? I'm dying to try this recipe! Thank You!

Jenn said...

Yes I can do that this afternoon when I get home. It's so easy and delicious!

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