Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blueberry Cobbler Cake

We have tried this delicious Pioneer woman recipe once before, using blackberries. It turned out fabulous, and after picking 20 lbs of blueberries to stock up for the year, it only made sense to try it out using our fresh blueberries. So is it a cobbler?  Is it a cake?  Ree 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 starts out just the opposite, with a sweet easy batter on the bottom, with berries sprinkled on the top and baked in.  As it cooks, the berries sink to the bottom and the batter rises to the top.  No matter what you call it, you are going to want to make this as soon as humanly possible.

Blueberry Cobbler Cake

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 I have below.

By the way, this recipe is so easy, my 9-year-old made the whole thing from start to finish by herself, including picking the blueberries.  

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 that has been greased with cooking spray or rubbed with butter.

This I believe was a 2 or 3 quart baking dish - smaller than a 9x13 pan

Next you want to add your blueberries.  We took the girls on their first blueberry picking experience and came home with a bunch! 

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

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

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... because we are rule followers. After the last 10 minutes of baking were up, I also went crazy and turned on the broiler for a few minutes (watching it the whole time) to give it a brule' type coating.

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.

Seriously, when we broiled the top it made this heavenly, crunchy coating that was extremely brule'-like.

This thing is so quick and easy to whip up, it has to be the best thing you can make with two cups of summer fruit.  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??  

Also a big shout out to my oldest who was very proud of her recipe turning out awesome.

Good job Vivi!  Did I mention blueberries are her FAVORITE!!
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