A Cobbler for the End of Summer

peach and blueberry cobbler | apt. 2b baking co.
peach and blueberry cobbler | apt. 2b baking co.
peach and blueberry cobbler | apt. 2b baking co.
peach and blueberry cobbler | apt. 2b baking co.

I know I am pushing it here a bit (date-wise) with this dessert, but the last of the berries and stone fruit are hanging around the market and I am going to take advantage while I can. I am a recent cobbler convert (you all know my heart belongs to pie) but cobblers are so tasty, and admittedly a bit easier to make: especially when you top them with drop biscuits like these guys

Some links! 

My column at Food52 is still going strong! I've been on a yeast baking kick over there, check it out

I spent a day cruising around Brooklyn devouring baked goods (and taking photos!) with the ladies of Ovenly for King Arthur's Sift. Such a great day! 

and I contributed a few photos to the most recent issue of Taproot.

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End of Summer Cobbler

makes one 10-inch cobbler

Peaches and blueberries are a perfect pair in this simple cornmeal-biscuit topped cobbler. Baking this cobbler at a high temperature allows the biscuits to cook all of the way through without getting dry, while warming the fruit just enough that it releases its juices.

Filling

3 cups blueberries

3 medium peaches, pitted and chopped into 3/4-inch pieces

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

1 tablespoon cornstarch

pinch salt

zest and juice of one lemon

Biscuits

1 cup flour

1/4 cup cornmeal

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoon heavy cream

1 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400ยบ.

For the filling: Add the sugar, vanilla bean seeds, and lemon zest to a large bowl. Use your fingers to evenly rub the zest and vanilla beans into the sugar. Add the cornstarch and salt then add the berries, peaches, and lemon juice and stir gently to combine.

For the biscuits: Stir the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. In a separate bowl whisk the butter, buttermilk, and vanilla together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently until just combined.

Pour the filling into a 10-inch pie pan (or cake pan) then dollop the biscuit mixture over the top in 8 even pieces. Brush them with the heavy cream, then sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the top. Put the pie pan on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake until the biscuits are golden and cooked through and the fruit juices bubble, 20-25 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

Gingered Blackberry Cobbler and a Few Favorites

Gingered Blackberry Cobbler

Here are a few things I've enjoyed from around the internets this week and a bonus recipe for a sweet and spicy blackberry cobbler that I made towards the end of my Seattle trip. When life hands you blackberries and you've already made 10 jars of jam and a crisp and you don't have time to let pie dough chill, make cobbler! It is one of those multi-purpose desserts that's not too sweet, making it perfect for breakfast the next day.

- Shae's beautiful post about the terroir of Alaskan blueberries and the jam she made. If you've ever had them, you already know that Northwest blackberries have a distinct terroir of their own.

- Kimberley's lovely words about running and returning

- Some tips on bread management from the always inspiring Rachel

 - A killer circus birthday party with warm cotton candy, a striped cake, and a hot dog bar from Ashley

- I wish I had known about this cocktail from Erin when I had my bounty of blackberries. Campari has been my drink of choice all summer. I guess I'll need a new drink soon, any ideas?

This series of intimate performances from the Newport Folk Festival, in the ruins of a fort no less

Lil Bub because if you haven't, you should

Have a great weekend.

Gingered Blackberry Cobbler

adapted from Cook's Illustrated

yield, 1 10'' pan

For the Filling

32 ounces fresh blackberries, rinsed

3 1/2 ounces sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1-1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger (watch out, it's spicy!)

1 teaspoon lemon zest (meyer lemon if available)

juice from 1/2 lemon

For the Topping

5 ounces all purpose flour

2 ounces oat flour (or finely ground oats or use all purpose flour)

4 tablespoons sugar plus 1 tablespoon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 ounces butter, melted

1/2 cup plain yogurt (full fat if possible)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375ยบ

For the Filling

Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, grated ginger, lemon zest and juice. Add in the blackberries and mix gently to combine. Transfer the mixture to a 9'' or 10'' pie pan and place the pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Slide into the oven and bake until the filling is hot and bubbling around the edges, about 25 minutes.

For the Topping

1. While the berries are baking, whisk together the flour, oat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter, yogurt and vanilla extract.

2. One minute before the berries come out of the oven, combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir gently until thoroughly mixed.

3. Carefully remove the berries from the oven and increase the temperature to 425ยบ. Divide the topping into 8 equal pieces and place them gently on top of the berries about 1/2'' apart, they should not touch. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top of the biscuits.

4. Slide the whole shebang back into the oven and bake until the filling is bubbling and the biscuits are golden brown, 15-18 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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