Classic Blueberry Cobbler

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Now on to the recipe for today…

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This cobbler is so good, it’s unreal. Unreal, I tell you!

Until now, I had yet to actually make a cobbler with real, live homemade biscuits. Cobblers have been lacking from our dessert repertoire, to say the least. Now, however, I am questioning why on earth I waited so long to attempt the real thing? There’s no intense cobbler science here – if you can stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and handle a blueberry or two, this impressive, beyond delicious dessert is for you!

Tender, sweet, cornmeal biscuits top a thick, syrupy filling loaded with plump blueberries. The beautifully textured biscuits (thanks to the slightly crunchy cornmeal) pair perfectly with the sweet blueberry filling that has just a hint of cinnamon and lemon zest.

The culmination of the warm cobbler served with a scoop of melty, creamy vanilla ice cream means cobbler is definitely here to stay (I have to make up for lost time and all!).

P.S. I’ve been updating some recipes in the archives with new pictures/recipe details. Cilantro Lime Rice, Skillet Chicken Pasta with Broccoli and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies. Love ya!

Classic Blueberry Cobbler

One Year Ago: Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
Two Years Ago: Chicken with Green Curry Sauce
Three Years Ago: Cream Cheese Chicken and Vegetable Soup – Reposted

Classic Blueberry Cobbler

Yield: Serves 6-8

Classic Blueberry Cobbler

Note: if using frozen blueberries, make sure to thaw them in the bag ahead of time. You will drain them, reserving the juice, while following the recipe. Also, you can prepare the biscuit topping while the filling cooks – although make sure not to stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just before the berries come out of the oven.

Ingredients

    Blueberry Filling:
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch table salt
  • 48 ounces (about 6 cups) frozen blueberries, thawed in the bag (or use 6 cups fresh blueberries)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated zest plus 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon
  • Biscuit Topping:
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) plus 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, making sure an oven rack is placed in the center of the oven.
  2. If using frozen blueberries, drain the thawed blueberries in a colander set over a bowl to catch the juice. Pour the reserved juice (about 1/2 cup) into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat. Cook the juice until it has slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the filling: the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Add the berries (fresh blueberries or the drained frozen berries) and the simmered syrup (if using the frozen berries) and mix gently with a rubber spatula until the berries are evenly coated. Mix in the lemon zest and juice. Transfer the berry mixture to a 9-inch glass pie plate (or a glass baking dish of equivalent size, like a 9-inch square pan) and place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lined with foil. Bake the filling until it is hot and bubbling, about 25 minutes.
  4. While the filling cooks, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar, the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, buttermilk and vanilla. In a second small bowl (I know, I know! I wish I could be there to wash your dishes for you), mix the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and cinnamon. Right before the berries come out of the oven, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined (don’t overmix!) and there are no dry pockets.
  5. Remove the berries from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Portion the biscuit dough into 8 equal pieces and gently place the biscuits on top of the hot filling, evenly spacing them to about 1/2-inch apart. They shouldn’t be touching. Sprinkle each mount of biscuit dough evenly with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake the cobbler until the filling is bubbling again and the biscuits are golden brown on top and cooked through, about 14-16 minutes.
  6. Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it rest/cool for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/classic-blueberry-cobbler/

Recipe Source: adapted from America’s Test Kitchen 10th Anniversary Best Recipes

29 Responses to Classic Blueberry Cobbler {and Facebook}

  1. Jenny says:

    You had me at “cornmeal biscuits.” I knew there was a reason I should have bought that big container of fresh blueberries at BJ’s yesterday. Now, I’ll have to go back and get them. This looks toooo good not to try. Thanks, Mel!

  2. Cassandra says:

    This looks delicious, been looking for a good cobbler recipe.

  3. nicole says:

    beautiful!!!! this looks amazing and that top picture is out of this world…. how did you learn to be so good with your camera? did you take classes or are you self taught? I am horrible at picture taking that is the hardest part for me.

  4. Grace says:

    YAY!!! I will help on Facebook however I can! I am doing WW at the moment so I am not sure if I can make this but I am going to try.

  5. Angie Walker says:

    I am happy, happy, happy that you joined facebook. I will be able keep up with you even better now. The cobbler looks fantastic!!

  6. CassidyS says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful!

  7. Yum! I love blueberries and it looks like it is loaded with them:-)

  8. Julia says:

    Looks SO good!

  9. Lisa says:

    I love anything with blueberries in it and the fact that this is a wonderfully warm dessert just warms my heart. Looks fantastic.

  10. Cammee says:

    Oh, yum! This sounds like a dessert I had at Goodwood last year and fell in love with. It’s definitely on my list to try.

    Don’t feel bad about Facebook, I have yet to cave and sign up. I’m afraid I would waste too much time keeping up with everyone!

  11. Tiffany says:

    Oh Mel if I could only get some blueberries in Africa my life would be great right now. I will try it as soon as I get to the States.

  12. Susan says:

    Looks deeeelish! I check your page and my facebook daily, so I’d be willing to help you out. =)

  13. Kim in MD says:

    I love cobbler! Your recipe, as usual, looks amazing! Oh- and I haven’t joined the Facebook revolution yet, either! Now that you have a page, maybe I will! ;-)

  14. juliann says:

    YAY for your facebookness! I cant wait to see your updates :)

  15. Ann says:

    So delicious. I love anything blueberry. This cobbler looks perfect!

  16. So delicious!
    Thanks for the recipe, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

  17. Mel says:

    Thanks, Couture Carrie!

  18. Hey Mel! Love the details about your new facebook page! I feel the same way! Facebook is an enigma, but I’m trying my best to ‘get with the times’ :) Glad I’m not the only one!
    And this blueberry Cobbler looks divine! I have a ton of frozen blueberries that we picked over the summer at the local blueberry patches. Maybe I’ll use them for this!

  19. grace says:

    there’s almost nothing worse than being served cobbler with an undone topping, and that tends to happen a lot with the biscuit-y version. methinks yours looks perfect, though, and you seem to have it down to a science. bravo!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Cobbler AND Facebook! Who could ask for anything more?!? I’m so excited!!!

  21. Danielle says:

    I love cobbler! It reminds me of my grandma, who would make it often. I made this last night to rave reviews. It’s very possible that we licked the pan clean. My grandma always served it with a little cold half and half poured over. It’s wonderful. Thanks once again.

  22. Mel says:

    Danielle – love the idea of the cold half-and-half. Decadent and delicious, I am sure!

  23. Lauri says:

    Huh – I’ve never seen a recipe that required cooking the filling first. In my world it’s a throw it all in the oven at once & go do something else kinda dish.

  24. n82 says:

    Hi Mel,

    Do I have to use a glass pan? I have a 9 inch ceramic one…would that work?

  25. Mel says:

    n82 – the ceramic pan should work just fine.

  26. Sarah says:

    Would this work for peach cobbler? Just switching out the blueberries with the peaches? Totally going to try.

  27. Mel says:

    Sarah – I haven’t tried it with peaches so I can’t say for sure but let me know if you try it. I would say it is definitely worth a try!

  28. Lila says:

    Made it with a mixture of nectarines and santa rosa plums tonight. Amazing! I was in heaven: loved the crunch of the cornmeal and tang of the plums. It’s close to smitten kitchen’s version, but I totally had to try yours with the cinnamon sugar topping on the biscuits. I was really blown away by how easy and tasty the biscuits are. This is definitely gonna be in regular rotation while we have such amazing nectarines and peaches at the farmer’s market!

  29. Lila says:

    Oh, and similar to Danielle, accompanied it with just a smidge of heavy cream poured over the warm cobbler. :)

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