Blackberry cobbler recipe made with a cake-like batter, loaded with blackberries, then sprinkled with a delightful streusel and baked to perfection!
Streusel topped Blackberry Cobbler
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Step back in time to Grandma’s house with your first bite of this delicious Blackberry Cobbler. A sweet buttery cake-like breading that is thin enough to get crisp in all the right places, then loaded up with tart blackberries, and topped with a thick layer of chunky scrumptious streusel… Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm; perfection!!!
***I have gotten so many messages letting me know how wonderful this turned out. Unfortunately I’ve also gotten a few complaints about it not setting up or turning out soupy. I have remade the recipe dozens of times and it’s been wonderful each and every time so I’m not sure what is happening for those that it doesn’t work for. But you ought to know of this before you get started (shooting myself in the foot here I suppose, but I’d want to know!).
Cooking with Grandma:
When I was a little kiddo I would often go stay for a couple days at a time at my Grandma Clawson’s house during school breaks…
Wintertime visits were a blast because she lived on a big hill and we could ride sleds in the snow for hours on end.
However, my favorite visits were the summertime visits because that was when all the fruits and vegetables in Grandma’s yard and gardens were in season.
We would pick the “harvest” and then Grandma would spend hours on end cooking, baking, canning, freezing and drying all of the food. Grandma would always make the most delightful peach pies and absolutely scrumptious Blackberry Cobbler. Not to mention; she made the most incredible fruit jams and jellies y’all! Incredible. And she always let us help, which made me feel all grown up even though I secretly wanted to be watching movies or playing with dress-ups.
Y’all, I had a seriously awesome Grandma! If you like good food, then you would’ve loved her.
What to do with blackberries:
On the back left side of Grandma’s house there was a giant pine tree. At the base of that pine tree Grandpa had built a little fort out of the leftover bricks from building his and Grandma’s dream home.
They planted blackberry bushes in that little corner of the yard and eventually the blackberry bushes grew up and over the brick fortress.
Those blackberries turned a tiny brick enclosed space into our own “Secret Garden”! The only way to get into the space was by crawling through near the base of the giant pine tree. Inside was dim and to be honest, kind of a boring little place; but it was ours and it was secret and we could sit in there for hours on end while we ate big, fat, juicy blackberries. Our secret garden blackberry fort was heaven!
The bricks from our awesome fort have since been used to make repairs on the house as it aged. However, the memories remain and are strong as ever.
I like to be physically active especially during the warm months. I often take my kids hiking and one of our favorite hiking paths is lined with blackberry patches.
Dear reader, you need some blackberry patches! Can I just tell you how delightfully fun it is to cook up a blackberry cobbler with your kiddos, then while it’s baking; listen to them play tag in the house and scream and giggle hysterically as they run around like little crazies.
Do you want to know my favorite part? When they take that first bite! The first taste that is then followed by the happy noises that only food can cause you to make. At which point, my 7 year old will then make up a song about how good the food is:
Oh I love eating Blackberry Cobbler,
Oh I love biting and chewing,
Then it goes to my tummy and makes it so happy…
Until I am pooooooooo-ing!
(Insert more hysterical giggles! Did I mention I live in a house full of crazies? Yes that was a real life example of one of her lovely songs.)
The streusel I use for topping my blackberry cobbler is one I have adapted from a Martha Stewart muffin streusel recipe. It’s delightful!
Something you ought to know though: If you put the streusel on before cooking the cobbler slightly; it will sink into the cobbler in some places. This tastes delightful and does look more like a traditional cobbler recipe.
However, I prefer to place the streusel on the cobbler after it’s been cooking for a prettier presentation of this divine dessert.
How you streuselize your cobbler is totally your choice! However please be aware that the recipe is written out the way I prefer it rather than the traditional cobbler way.
Recipe for Streusel topped Blackberry Cobbler:
- 1 cup Flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- Dash of Salt
- 1/3 cup (or 5.5 TBS) Butter (not margarine!), melted
- 1 cup milk
- 2.5 cups Blackberries, rinsed and dried, then tossed with 2 TBS corn starch (discard extra starch that doesn't stick to the berries).
- 5 TBS melted butter
- 2/3 c flour
- 2/3 c white sugar
- A Dash of cinnamon
- 2 pinches of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Whisk together Flour, Sugar, Baking Soda, powder and Salt.
- Add milk and mix well.
- Then pour melted butter in all at once and mix to combine.
- Pour Batter into a well greased or buttered 9x9 dish.
- Toss the Blackberries together with the cornstarch until they are lightly coated.
- Sprinkle blackberries over the top of batter.
- Bake in oven for 45 minutes.
- Combine all ingredients and mix together until just mixed and forming large balls of dough-like clumps/ chunks.
- After 45 minutes, remove the cobbler from the oven and top it with all of the streusel.
- Return to the oven for another 15-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and fully set.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
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