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June 24, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Mixed Berry Cobbler



Beth of Our Sweet Life chose Mixed Berry Cobbler as our recipe of the week. I was excited to see this recipe as I had just gotten fresh raspberries and blackberries at the fruit market, but I do have mixed reviews about the results. As others noted in the Q-and-A section of TWD, there were issues with the topping.

I chose to make the cobbler in individual ramekins. I used the raspberries and blackberries and mixed them with a bit of sugar and a splash of lemon juice. I piled the fruit into the ramekins, knowing that it would all bake down in the oven.


To make the topping I mixed flour, sugar, butter, and milk until it was "soft and sticky." I tested the mixture and it tasted pretty good at this point. I rough-rolled it into circles to cover the ramekins and laid each on top of the fruit.


The cobblers were baked for 30 minutes at 375 and came out bubbly and spilling over the edges a bit--perfect!



Jacki came over and helped me taste the creations. Her first reaction was that the topping tasted like raisin bran. I'm not sure that's exactly what I would say, but the dry part of the topping did taste plain. Digging into the dishes, however, we found topping that had started to sop up the berry juice. That part was wonderful...pink/purple, hot, juicy...just what a cobbler should be like.

End Notes:
  • I will definitely be making this recipe again...with a few changes
    --almond or vanilla flavor in the topping
    --sugar sprinkled on top
    --lots of strawberries--the juice will soak into the topping
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Each time I go into the kitchen to bake something, Joey comes in and wants to be near me. Since my hands are usually full and my attention is on the baking activities, he had resorted to jumping on the only available place--my back. I have some nice scars to show where he has dug his claws in. I recently moved a stool to the middle of the kitchen so he can safely watch the activities without hurting me. Here he is on his stool waiting for me to finish the day's work.

18 comments:

Dolores said...

Ohmygawd thank you! I'd pulled out some demarara sugar to sprinkle over my ramekins... and promptly forgot about it. Thankfully they've only been in the oven about five minutes, so I was able to fix it.

Peabody said...

Looks good...individual ones were a great idea.

ostwestwind said...

Individual cobblers are a great idea. For me it was the first cobbler, it was just right for me.

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Engineer Baker said...

Such cute little cobblers! Almond flavoring in the crust sounds delicious.

Pamela said...

The cobblers look great. I didn't think about individual ones...what a good idea.

Marie said...

I love your little cobblers. They look truly delicious!

Megan said...

I agree about the flavoring - I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought it "needed something".

Looks yummy, though!

Susie Homemaker said...

Your post makes me glad I added a bit of flavor to my dough...but your look so cute! And the cat story - well, anyone who gets scarred while baking is a real trooper!

Jess said...

I like the mini cobblers...and the juice dripping down the sides!

Kayte said...

Nicely done and photographed...am definitely going to need to check into doing another recipe with the little ramekins, they are just so cute.

Anne said...

Good suggestions! That looks delicious and you have a pretty kitty too!

Barbara said...

Cute cobblers and cute kitty!

We had one who liked to perch on a stool in the kitchen and watch, too. We used to imagine that she was taking mental notes for a report, perhaps to something like a "High Council of Cats." Sounds like you have another of their "Special Observer" cats in your house!

Mara said...

looks yummy, i also went individual...such a great idea!!

Christine said...

I love the individual ones! Looks great and your cat is beautiful!

Di said...

I went with smaller cobblers, too, and I like how they turned out. I agree--the best part is the topping that's been next to the berries. =)

Sophie said...

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Shari said...

I love the individual ramekin idea!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! Your berry crisp looks so delicious!

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