Julia Turshen’s Berry and Buttermilk Cobbler
- 2 pounds
mixed berries, rinsed (strawberries are not ideal because they contain so much water)
- 2 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup
- 2 tablespoons
- 1 cup
- 1 teaspoon
- 4 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup
Vanilla ice cream for serving
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the butter wrapper.
Put the berries in the prepared dish and drizzle with the lemon juice. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar and a generous pinch of salt. Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients. (Taste the berries to check the sugar and lemon levels. If you’re at the height of berry season, they should taste perfect — sweet enough for dessert, but cut with enough lemon so not too sweet. If you’re making this with not-amazing berries, fear not . . . just add a little more sugar to taste.) Mix in the cornstarch and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk everything together. Drizzle the butter and buttermilk over the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough forms.
Use two teaspoons to dollop the dough evenly over the berries. Put the baking dish on a parchment-lined baking sheet to catch any drips and make clean-up a breeze.
Bake the cobbler until the topping is dark golden brown and the berries are bubbling, about 1 hour. Let stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving so that the juices collect themselves and don’t run everywhere.
Serve the cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream.
Reprinted from Small Victories by Julia Turshen with permission by Chronicle Books, 2016.
Substitute 2 pounds of just about ANY TYPE OF FRUIT for the berries, or use other fruit in combination with the berries. I like a mixture of sliced nectarines (I don’t bother peeling them) with blueberries. Or try all fresh cherries (pitted) when they’re in season (a mix of sweet and sour cherries is terrific). A plum and blackberry cobbler is lovely, as is a fresh apricot and raspberry one. Whatever you choose, keep the lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and pinch of salt.
The COBBLER TOPPING can be made with all-purpose gluten-free flour. Or use 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour in place of half of the all-purpose flour. Or try substituting 1/4 cup of the flour with cornmeal or almond meal. Almond meal goes really nicely with cherries — and you can even add a couple drops of almond extract to the topping, along with a handful of sliced or chopped almonds, if you go down that nutty road.