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The Best Blackberry Cobbler Ever

Whether you are looking for exciting holiday dessert recipes, hot comfort food-type desserts or simply something that reminds you of all the great desserts your mother or grandmother used to make, this blackberry cobbler recipe might pique your interest. Featuring a juicy, warm blackberry layer, a homemade biscuit topping and a vanilla ice cream and fresh berry garnish, this elegant cobbler is one of our most simple dessert recipes.

There is nothing difficult about making this recipe and if you are new to dessert-making you can take shortcuts, such as using a buttermilk baking mix like Bisquick for the biscuit topping, to save time. If you want to fortify the blackberry flavor, you might also like to add a tablespoon or two of blackberry liqueur to the blackberry mixture before you bake it. This is optional though.

The amount of blackberries you need depends on the size of your pan. If you are using a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, use eight cups of blackberries. If you are using a cast iron skillet, six cups should be sufficient.

Traditional Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 10
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  • 6-8 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 10 scoops vanilla ice cream, to serve
  • 40 fresh blackberries, to serve
For the Topping:
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup diced chilled butter
  • ? cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use aluminum foil to line a baking sheet and lightly grease an ovenproof skillet or baking dish.
  3. Wash, stem, and drain your blackberries if they are fresh.
  4. Thaw and drain them well if they are frozen.
  5. Combine the flour, sugar, blackberries, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  6. Transfer this mixture into the prepared skillet or baking dish.
  7. Rest the skillet or dish on top of the foil-lined baking sheet, in case the mixture bubbles over.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes uncovered, or until bubbly and hot.
  9. Make the biscuit topping while the blackberry mixture is baking.
  10. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and lemon zest into a bowl.
  11. Cut in the butter using a pair of knives or a pastry blender, until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  12. Stir the egg and milk in with a fork until just blended.
  13. Spoon dollops of the biscuit topping mixture on top of the hot blackberry mixture.
  14. Bake for another 20 minutes or until the biscuit topping is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into it comes out clean.
  15. Let the blackberry cobbler recipe cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and then divide it between 10 serving glasses.
  16. Top each one with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some fresh blackberries.

Photo Description:

Tying a colorful ribbon around each individual portion of blackberry cobbler is one way to give your easy dessert recipes a gourmet touch. You are free to choose either fresh or thawed blackberries for the main body of this dessert, although your blackberry cobbler will look better if you have some fresh berries to garnish it with. If you cannot get fresh blackberries, then use frozen ones for the cobbler and use raspberries or strawberry halves for the garnish. As you can see from the picture, this cute blackberry cobbler recipe would make a great dessert after a family dinner and is impressive enough for a dinner party too.

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