Tuesdays with Dorie: Mixed Berry Cobbler

June 24, 2008 at 5:04 am | Posted in cobbler/crisp/shorties, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 46 Comments

mixed berry cobbler

I figure that I’ll have to opt out of a few TWD recipes between the months of June and August.  While it’s prime fruit and berry season up in the Northern Hemisphere, a packet of raspberries or blueberries would pretty much bankrupt me here ($15 for skinny plastic packet of raspberries and $11 for blueberries at my local produce shop– ouch!!).  Beth of Our Sweet Life may have chosen Mixed Berry Cobbler for this week’s TWD recipe, but I’m not SOL just yet becasue luckily Dorie designed this one to use frozen berries.  Those I have plenty of!

mixed berry cobbler

Even though my berry fears were assuaged, I was still a little apprehensive about this recipe.  Lots of TWDers who made it early in the week thought that the topping was bland and disappointing.  Shoot– I didn’t want to be let down, but I was also curious as to what I’d think of it.  I will say that I made one change to Dorie’s ingredient list, and I really only did this because we are moving over the weekend.  She uses heavy cream to bind the cobbler topping together, but I used sour cream.  Even though we’re just moving locally, I’ve been trying hard to use up what I have already, rather than add to the stuff in the fridge.  Anyway, it worked really well as a substitution (and probably gave the topping a flavor-boost as well).  I also sprinkled a little raw sugar over the topping before I popped in the oven.  I like the extra sweetness and bit of crunch it gives, so I almost always do this with pie crusts and cobbler toppings.

Maybe I’m just not that picky, but I really liked the simplicity of this dessert.  I’m sure it would great with a hit of vanilla or cinnamon in the topping, but I thought it was good as is, too.  The biscuit-style crust is buttery and homey, and my berries were just sweet enough to make the whole thing taste like summer.  A little vanilla ice cream doesn’t hurt much either.  And you know what else?  I think it’s really beautiful with the purpley-pink juices running everywhere! 

mixed berry cobbler

One last note:  I only wanted three portions, so I cut the recipe back to one-third the original size and put it in a small (about six-inch) square ceramic baker.  It took just under 40 minutes for the top to be golden and the berries to be bubbly.

Thanks Beth!  As always, the recipe’s in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, but she also has it here on NPR’s website as part of an interview she did for All Things Considered.  And don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. We still have Monday, so my post isn’t already online. This was my first cobbler in my life and I agree it tastes like summer!

    Ulrike from Küchenlatein

  2. Mmm. Looks delicious! I wish I had thought to sprinkle sugar over the top… I bet that made it perfect!

  3. I love that bright purpley color yours produced. Gorgeous. I am just about to cook mine up. Im a late starter this week. (Who am I kidding, every single week…)

    Fab Job Steph!

  4. it looks delicious! i love the way the sugar makes it look a bit sparkly on top. your ice cream scoop is so perfect 🙂

  5. Wow – so pretty! And even though berries are in season here, I went with frozen too. I agree that the simplicity of this dessert was a prime selling point.

  6. Great looking cobbler!! I was relieved about the frozen berries too!!

  7. Your cobbler looks so good! Perfect with ice cream 🙂

  8. You captured the color and texture contrasts I loved about this recipe just perfectly in your photographs. Great job!

  9. Your cobbler looks great. I made mine smaller too. I’m glad you liked it.

  10. that looks delicious! I enjoyed the pudding as well

  11. Steph, I have given you an award http://weetreatsbytammy.blogspot.com/2008/06/twd-mixed-berry-cobbler.html

  12. looks perfect! i agree – i must not be too picky either – i enjoyed the crust!

  13. Sour cream sounds like a great sub in. Your slice with the ice cream looks astoundingly good.

  14. Beautiful. I love the ice cream in its own little dish! 🙂

  15. Looks absolutely fabulous!!

  16. I guess I didn’t pay attention to the problems with this recipe post as I didn’t know taste had been an issue. Yours looks great, I especially like the sugar topping.

  17. congrats on the new place! hope the move goes smoothly!

  18. Beautiful looking fruit filling (love the intense pink/purple color)! I’m in agreement with you…I really liked the simplicity of this crust. As usual, your photos are gorgeous!

  19. Your cobbler looks delicious! I like the addition of the sugar on top. I agree, though, that the simplicity of the topping was very nice.

  20. I love these types of desserts. Great for family dinners. 🙂

  21. Looks great. I had the same feelings about the crust. I guess I am not picky…when it comes to cobbler.

  22. The sour cream was a great idea.

  23. Fabulous job

  24. Looks great and sounds like it tasted great, too. The sour cream sounds tempting…may have to try that next time. I left the sugar off the top as I usually do that with pies, too, and it was still very good and crunchy. Great photos.

  25. I liked the crust as well. Beautiful photos! I like the raw sugar idea.

  26. Your cobbler looks so tasty. I love, Love, LOVE the colour!!! I was quite happy with this cobbler myself, especially served warm with some nice ice cream!

  27. Yours looks beautiful!

  28. It’s beautiful! Your photos are fantastic!!

  29. That little dish of cobbler looks so cute! I halved my recipe and baked it individual ramekins, and the only tweak I made was to up the salt in the biscuit (used the full recipe salt measurement for the half recipe). I thought it turned out perfectly, so I’m kinda wondering where all this hoo-ha about bland biscuit topping came from?

  30. The color and the photos looked great! How was it with the sour cream! I like that idea a lot. And… what’s up with the price of those berries! WOW!

    Nice work!

  31. good luck with the move – what a troopr…baking in the midst of that! great idea with the sour cream, too – leave it to you!

  32. just beautiful!!

  33. lookit those yummy berries…mmmm!!!! i threw mango into mine and it was a surprise tasty!

  34. Your cobbler looks perfect and the ice cream yum! I used frozen berries too and liked how it came out! Great idea to substitute the sour cream. Good luck on the move

  35. Soon I’m going to need a direct line with this beautiful blog of yours, Steph! Everytime I visit… I’m amazed!
    Your pictures are just soooo clear, so true to life (I guess LOL) …it feels like being a mouse tiptoeing around your kitchen, through the dishes and goodies you bake!!! LOL (can you hear the sound of Flintstones’ toes just about to bowl that ball??? LOL LOL LOL)
    P.s.: I would love to hear about your experience at the wailing wall! …and just in case you didn’t figure it out, my post was made to be a homage to the French homonyms MÛRE being a blackberrie and MUR being a wall…
    That’s an great cobbler you’ve baked! wow.

  36. Cobblers are great for using up whatever happens to be on hand. I will tuck your sour cream pastry suggestion away to use myself.

  37. No berries around here either, Steph – it’s winter, just like in Sydney.
    Your cobbler looks fantastic!

  38. the juices are the best color ever. gorgeous! and huzzah for frozen fruit!

    i can’t wait until it’s peach picking time around here. PEACH COBBLER UP THE WAZOO!!

  39. The colors are beautiful – nice job!! 🙂

  40. Yours looks so yummy!!

  41. yum! Looks delicious! Great job!

  42. Sheez-I’m so glad you went with the frozen berries. It would have been a 30 buck dessert with the fresh. It looks wonderful!

  43. Sour cream is such a good idea to sub! Used vanilla yogurt here, it was every bit as good as cream.

  44. I love the idea of sour cream instead of heavy cream! And the sprinkle of raw sugar sounds perfect! Amazing.

  45. All I can say is Go-jus!!!! I like the substitution of sour cream – takes the fat down a little and love love love the mixed berries. This one is a winner.

  46. Those berry prices are outrageous! But those pics are awesome, looks delicious!

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