Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yummm Blackberries!

Summer is indeed here--the lightning bugs are out, the mosquitoes are biting ( the Hubby and I have a few bites already) and the heat is starting to swelter! Yesterday, while driving home I saw a big sign that said Fresh Blackberries--Yummm! Good reason for me to turn my car around! I told the hubby earlier that we are going to enjoy summer even if it killed us, and that includes making a fresh baked cobbler. After all, it’s the weekend, and the perfect time to try this recipe. They said you could use any fresh berry that looked good to you, so I’m using blackberries.

2 lb. mixed berries
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
For the cobbler topping:
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 egg
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup finely minced crystallized ginger
Vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a bowl, combine the berries, lemon juice, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the cornstarch, cinnamon and ground ginger and toss to coat the berries evenly. Pour the berry mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. To make the topping in a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda and pulse briefly to mix. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. Pour the egg mixture into the food processor and pulse just until the topping mixture holds together. Remove the blade from the food processor and stir in the crystallized ginger. To make the topping by hand, in a bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Scatter the butter pieces over the top and, using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, stirring and tossing with a fork until the topping mixture holds together. Stir in the crystallized ginger. Using a soup spoon, place dollops of the topping evenly over the berries, leaving a 1-inch border uncovered around the edge of the dish. Sprinkle the 3 Tbs. granulated sugar over the top. Place the dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the cobbler until the top is golden and the berry filling is bubbling, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Using a large spoon or spatula, scoop out the cobbler onto individual plates. Accompany with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Serves 8.

Receipe and image from from Williams-Sonoma website- adapted from their book Williams-Sonoma Entertaining.


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