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Not all summer berries are equal

Whether you mix them with other fruits in a salad or add them to yogurt as a breakfast treat or just pop them into your mouth as a snack they are one of the enjoyments of the season.

Over the years I’ve discovered that not all berries are equal—that is, when you combine them into one of my favorite desserts, berry cobbler. This is the dessert I serve at our paella parties, because it’s a good contrast to the full flavors of the paella.

One of my favorite berries are raspberries, but when cooked they don’t hold up; they become liquid and lose their flavor in the sauce. On the other hand, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are perfect for cobbler because they soften enough to create a sauce but not enough to lose their shape. So each spoonful you pull from the cobbler comes out with berries combined with the delicious crusty topping.

Because the topping is so good, I always double the recipe so I have more than enough to cover the berries with big chunks of the topping before it goes in the oven.

Berry Cobbler

Serves: 8

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Preheat oven 375°

Use a 2-quart shallow baking dish

Ingredients 2 containers strawberries 2 containers blueberries 1 container blackberries ⅓ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Topping 1½ cups flour ¾ cup sugar ¾ cup brown sugar 1 stick butter cut into ½ cubes, room temperature


  1. Butter 2-quart baking dish.

  2. In a bowl combine the 2 tablespoons flour and ⅓ cup sugar. Add berries and stir to coat berries evenly.

  3. Pour fruit into buttered 2-quart baking dish making certain to include all sugar and flour left in the bowl. Mix gently.

  4. Make topping in separate bowl. Mix flour, sugar, and cubes of butter. With your hands, blend butter into flour sugar mixture until it resembles coarse meal.

  5. Then using your fingers, squeeze a handful of topping, letting it crumble in chunks over berries, covering berries completely.

  1. Place dish on a sheet pan to catch any drippings. Bake in upper third of oven until filling is bubbling and topping is crisp and golden, about 50 minutes.

From Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook page 311

Using the same recipe, try experimenting with different fruits such as: peaches and apricots and, as the season changes, try apples and pears.

Do you have a special way to enjoy berries? Let us know by leaving a comment below.



This post was created prior to our site upgrade. Comments at the time of our upgrade included:

Philip Plechavicius July 30, 2021

That was the best cobbler I have ever had Adeline! I always make pie but your recipe was so enticing that it made me want to try and now I don’t think I will ever make pie again! Crumb topping was perfect and the whole process was very easy. Thank you again. —Philip

Judy Taussik July 23, 2021

Your cobbler is always the perfect ending to your wonderful paella party! P.S. I am not really a dessert person but this dish is delicious and perfect when entertaining a large group. —Judy

Reply: I am so glad you like it! I find that it wouldn't be summer without it. Enjoy!



Bon Appétit
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