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When I was a kid, we had a row of blackberry bushes behind the playhouse out back. Each year, we would wait in anticipation for the day when we’d pick our first ripe, juicy berries. When the first few were ready we’d bring them in and pop them straight in our mouths, still warm from the sun. But the real excitement came when there were finally enough berries for blackberry cobbler.

Mom would quickly whip up a cobbler and by 6:30 we’d be gathered around the table with bowls and spoons, waiting and happy.

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Cobbler is, in my humble opinion, the perfect dessert. It is at once warm and cold, creamy and fluffy, sweet and salty. It is exactly what I want after a summer BBQ or cookout. Something simple and unfussy, something that showcases the best flavors of the season (or whatever happens to be ripe in your backyard).

There are two cobbler recipes in our family, neither of which are of the more traditional fruit-topped-with-sweetened-biscuit-dough variety.

Truthfully, I’ve never been a huge fan of biscuit-topped-cobbler. I prefer a more cake like topping, probably because it’s what I grew up with.

This recipe comes from one of my aunts. It’s incredibly easy to make and only requires one mixing bowl. The unique thing about this recipe is that the batter is placed both below and above the fruit, not just on top. The bottom layer helps thicken up the fruit mixture and provides a nice gooey texture, while the top retains it’s light, fluffy cake texture. Once the cobbler is assembled, you pour a cup of boiling water over top of the whole thing, which helps quickly steam the top layer. It feels strange, I know, but trust me, it works. The resulting cobbler is puffy, golden, sweet, and a tad salty with a delightful burst of tartness from the blackberries.

Are you still wondering about the other recipe? It’s my mom’s and it delivers a thinner, almost crispy cake that is sinfully buttery. It’s the bomb, but it’s made specifically for blackberries, so I’m saving it for a little later this summer.

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There’s a certain way, I feel, to eat a cobbler. First, it always, always must be warm. Of course, fresh from the oven is best, but even leftovers should be given a turn in the microwave before eating.

Second, if patience will allow, it should be given at least ten minutes to set up after it’s taken out of the oven. This gives the fruit time to bond and gel, so you don’t get a soupy mess with your first scoop. The sweet spot is when the cobbler is still warm, but has firmed up just enough to hold it’s shape when you scoop it.

Thirdly, there must be ice cream. Or at the very least, whole milk. You must scoop the ice cream directly onto your warm cobbler and let the cream make lazy rivers down the side of the cobbler. When there are a few ice cream pools at the bottom of your bowl, it’s time to dig in.

Finally, ratio is everything. Each bite should be a perfect balance of warm cobbler and cool, creamy ice cream. If you start running out of ice cream at the end, add a little more. If you have ice cream left and no cobbler, you need more cobbler. Yes, I know this just sounds like a way to get you to keep you in a never ending spiral of cobbler and ice cream eating in which you’re always short on one and must add more of the other. Maybe it is. But it’s cobbler and ice cream. Are you really sad about that??

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This is my ultimate summer BBQ dessert. It’s quick to throw together and can bake quietly in the oven while you and your guests party it up by the grill outside. Just as the sun starts to set and the fireflies make their glowing debut, it’ll be ready for you. A bowl of warm, creamy comfort to finish a perfect evening.

My friends on the #SundaySupper team are sharing their ultimate BBQ treats this week as well. We’ve got everything from a whole BBQ hog (!!!) to homemade mustard. Guys, this list is one you’ll want to keep around all summer long. Check them out below!

Blackberry Peach Cobbler for #SundaySupper
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼-3/4 teaspoon salt (I like it on the saltier side)
  • 1 cup milk
For the fruit:
  • 3 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • Squeeze lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9 inch square pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat together softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and beat until smooth. Slowly pour in milk and stir until incorporated then beat until batter is smooth.
  3. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Cover with peach slices and blackberries. Give the fruit a squeeze of lemon juice then sprinkle the last ¼ cup of sugar over top.
  4. Dot the remaining batter on top of the fruit. Pour 1 cup boiling water over all then place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe by Neighborfood 

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  • Jennifer Drummond June 30, 2013, 9:27 AM

    Love your cobbler and love the idea of blackberries and peaches! Yum!

  • Kim June 30, 2013, 10:20 AM

    I agree. There must always be ice cream with cobbler. Always.

  • Constance June 30, 2013, 11:32 AM

    I LOVE cobbler!!! I’m seriously going to have to go get some berries now!

  • Soni June 30, 2013, 12:12 PM

    I love cobbler!!Its my favorite dessert and I also love the cake like version better than the biscuit one 🙂 So yummy with blackberries and beautiful pics too 🙂

  • Tara June 30, 2013, 12:48 PM

    Wow, does that look good. Love the combination of fruit!!

  • Liz June 30, 2013, 2:47 PM

    Oh, man, I love berry desserts…and blackberry cobbler has just moved to the top of my favorites. It looks amazing!

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina June 30, 2013, 2:47 PM

    I love cobbler so much I can’t even stand it! Love your fruit combo!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen June 30, 2013, 2:52 PM

    I don´t think my frozen blackberries from last summer are enough, but I´m pinning this recipe! I adore blackberries, and with a crust and ice cream, well, it really is the bomb. I also pour cold cream, directly from the carton too. It pools with the berries and it´s wonderful!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 2, 2013, 10:31 AM

      Yes! Sometimes I do milk or cream as well. As long as you’ve got that cool something to contrast the warm cobbler- it’s just perfect!

  • Shannon C June 30, 2013, 3:40 PM

    This is the cobbler I have been waiting for! Somewhere, many moons ago, I had a cobbler with a cobbler “crust” on the top and bottom and I loved it. Thank you for posting. Now, I just need more berries.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 1, 2013, 12:08 PM

      I hope this fits the bill! I love what the top and bottom crust lends to the texture of this cobbler!

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons June 30, 2013, 5:07 PM

    Haha, I love your cobbler “rules,” and I agree with every single one of them 🙂

  • The Ninja Baker June 30, 2013, 5:53 PM

    What fabulous childhood memories. Your recipe and tips for this comforting cobbler are very much appreciated. (And the recipe has been saved.) Thank you!

  • Wendy June 30, 2013, 6:15 PM

    This is a lovely southern-style cobbler! Blackberry is Michael’s favorite too! I prefer the cake-like topping too, but a lot of what you see here in Texas is almost like a pie crust on top. I could go for a huge bowl of your cobbler with some Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla right now!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 1, 2013, 12:07 PM

      I think I would like a pie crust top as well, but to me that’s pie not cobbler! I’m definitely all about the cake crust!

  • Heather S-G June 30, 2013, 7:41 PM

    Cobblers of any sort (well, plus fruit pies and crumbles) are my favorite summer desserts. This sounds awesome. I love the cakey bottom/top – must try!

  • ShockinglyDelicious June 30, 2013, 9:43 PM

    Love your technique!

  • {Gail} A Stack of Dishes July 1, 2013, 6:54 AM

    There is nothing like warm sweet fruit with pastry topping. Love that you have it on top and bottom. I have fond memories of picking blackberries too- thanks for that reminder- and YES! There MUST be ice cream!!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 1, 2013, 12:06 PM

      It’s such a great memory. Makes me want to plant some blackberry bushes in my tiny little backyard!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere July 1, 2013, 10:18 AM

    Love the combo of blackberry and peach! And nothing beats a warm fruit cobbler with ice cream as a summer dessert!

  • Nancy July 1, 2013, 10:56 AM

    Damn girl, this looks ridiculously good. And you’re right – it’s the perfect, light, hot ‘n cold dessert. I loved everything about this post, especially your cobbler eating technique – being caught in a never ending cobbler-and-ice cream eating cycle sounds like all kinds of right to me!

  • Deanna July 1, 2013, 11:08 AM

    This is very similar to our peach cobbler recipe and it is sooooooo good. I love the warm, slightly gooey cake with the fruit. YUM!

  • Family Foodie July 1, 2013, 8:15 PM

    This looks amazing. Cobbler is always a favorite, and I agree with every one of your tips on eating it. You must have that perfect ratio!

  • Debra Elliott July 2, 2013, 10:22 AM

    Yummy! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Sarah R July 2, 2013, 10:47 AM

    I agree with you, I like my cobblers a bit saltier too!

  • Chef Di July 2, 2013, 2:40 PM

    What a perfect recipe! Cobblers equal love… well, at least in my mind!!!

  • Laura Dembowski July 2, 2013, 2:46 PM

    I have never liked biscuit cobblers, so I avoid cobblers altogether because I thought that was the only option. Now I can have cobbler! I love fresh picked blackberries – my dad picks them for me every year.

  • Alice Choi July 3, 2013, 11:20 PM

    Love your story when you were a kid with your blackberry bushes. . so fun! and yes, I agree! Cobbler is the best because of the warm and cold. . yummm! This cobbler looks perfect and I love that it’s your aunt’s! 🙂

  • Cindys Recipes July 4, 2013, 8:44 PM

    I love cobbler this way!

  • Katie July 5, 2013, 8:38 AM

    First – your photos of this dish are seriously gorgeous. I am drooling at the sight of this cobbler. Second – I’m pretty sure my husband would go nuts for this dessert! His favorite berry is blackberry…he keeps saying we should plant a bush or two in our yard!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 5, 2013, 11:42 PM

      Thanks Katie! I’m sure this dessert would be a hit. You could leave out the peaches and do all blackberries for a super blackberry treat!

  • Carla July 5, 2013, 9:41 PM

    I totally agree with serving warm cobbler with ice cream! Don’t you just love cobbler and how you can use whatever fresh fruit you have?

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian July 28, 2013, 9:53 PM

    This looks fantastic. I’ve been making cobblers like crazy, and yours sounds soooo good right now. And I agree, cobblers must be eaten warm. Totally. And always come with ice cream 🙂

  • Colleen Pedrazzini July 9, 2014, 5:14 PM

    Perfection, loved this recipe made it with canned sliced peaches and frozen mixed berries which is what I had on hand. Loved it!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 10, 2014, 10:58 AM

      Wonderful. I am so glad you liked it! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment. I’m excited to hear that the frozen berries and canned peaches worked. That means I can enjoy this in the winter too!

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