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Camille Styles

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This Berry Cobbler Makes Summer That Much Sweeter

June 6th, 2018

It’s almost the time of the year where my oven goes into hibernation, turned off, only to be brought back to life when temps drop back into the double digits. Almost. (Texas summers are not to be underestimated, y’all.) Even though things are heating up down here in Austin, I’m a firm believer that the start of summer needs to be celebrated with the sweetest, ripest berries you can find. Sure, eaten fresh they’re one of the season’s greatest joys, but there’s something absolutely irresistible about the magic that takes place when summer berries and the oven meet. (The butter helps, too.) So when I made my first trip of the season to our local farmer’s market and found blackberries at nearly every stand, freshly picked and warm from the sun, I knew it was time get cobbler baking. 

Berry Almond Cobbler

summer berry almond cobbler

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

4 cups mixes berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc.)

1 /4 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons almond liqueur or bourbon

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup self-rising flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1 tablespoon pieces

2-3 tablespoons cold water or buttermilk

1 tablespoon sugar in the raw

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the berries, sugar, liqueur or bourbon and vanilla. Set aside.
  3.  To make the topping, add the almonds to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until fine. Add the flour and sugar and pulse to combine.
  4. Add the butter and pulse until texture resembles that of wet sand.
  5. Add in two tablespoons of water and pulse until a dough forms. If dough does not come together, add 1 more tablespoon of water and pulse to form dough.
  6. Add the berries to a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Use a tablespoon to scoop dough on top of berries in 6-10 evenly spaced spoonfuls. Sprinkle sugar in the raw onto the top of the dough.
  7. Bake cobbler in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until berries are bubbling and biscuits are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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