Monday, August 27, 2007

Strawberry Cobbler

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
3 cups fresh strawberries, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, chilled

Beat 1/4 cup softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer.
Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating well.
Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing well.

Combine 1 and 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.

Add to butter mixture alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Spoon half of the batter into a greased 8" square baking dish.
Arrange strawberries on top, cut side down.
Cover with remaining batter.

Combine 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
Cut in 1/4 cup chilled butter with a pastry blender until crumbly.
Sprinkle over strawberries & batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Serve warm with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

Yield: 8 servings (Yah, right. 6 is more realistic!)

Note: I used a round deep-dish ceramic pie plate instead of the 8" square pan. I also put a cookie sheet on the oven rack below the dish to catch the juices. This is so easy and SO good! I'm going to try it a couple more times with blueberries and peaches. Mmmmmm.

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At 8:12 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

This so reminds me of a traditional family recipe which my grandmother, mother and I make all the time. You can put ANY fruit on the top, and cover it with a struesel. The tradition fruit is plum, my son's favorite, but we have had it with peaches, strawberries, pears (and ginger). I'd be glad to email the recipe, if you so choose, but yours could practically be a double.

At 12:56 PM, Blogger Les said...

Bellezza - I'd love to see your family recipe! By the way, I made this again a few days ago, but this time I used blueberries AND strawberries. I have some peaches ripening on the counter and hope to make a peach cobbler this weekend. After that, I'll have to head to the mall to buy new pants for me and Rod! ;)

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

Okay, my friend, here goes:

1 C. flour
3 Tbl. sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 stick butter
1 egg
1/2 C. milk

Mix the dry ingredients together. Cut in the butter. Add the egg and milk, stirring until it's all blended.

"Pour" (it's rather thick) into an 8x8 buttered pan. Top with fruit of your choice. Then drizzle on this struesel:

1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 stick butter

Bake at 400 for 35 minutes.

It's so wonderful, and as you can see very similar to yours. Really, I haven't tasted a fruit on top that I haven't liked. But, you must try it with the deep purple plums, cut into about six slices each. I use about four plums, the big ones.

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Les said...

Bellezza - Wow! Yours is almost exactly like mine! I think I'll try the increased quantity for the topping since I thought my recipe could use more. Thanks for posting this. I'm making it with peaches tomorrow for a pool party.

At 8:07 PM, Blogger Bellezza said...

I can't wait to hear how you like it. What a(nother) fun thing to share.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Framed said...

At local restaurant used to serve boysenberry cobbler and I've been searching for a recipe ever since. Thanks so much for sharing yours. Now if I can just find boysenberries.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Les said...

Bellezza - I made the peach cobbler with your topping and it was great. Now to try the complete recipe. I'll keep ya posted on how it turns out.

Framed - Ooh, I'll bet boysenberry cobbler is very good! Hope you can find some somewhere. I wonder if they're available in the frozen fruit section. Might be worth a try if you can't find them fresh.

At 8:19 PM, Blogger Melonie said...

Wow looks and sounds amazing. I bet a mixture of strawberries and raspberries would be great too.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Les said...

Melonie - I think this is one of the recipe that any kind of fruit or combination of fruit will work. Let me know if you give it a try with the berry combo. I'd be interested to hear how it turned out.

Thanks for stopping by! I took a peek at your blog and will be back to visit again. Love your graphics!! I am so not an artist. How'd you find my blog? Just curious.

At 10:01 PM, Blogger Melonie said...

Hi Les,

Thanks :). I can't recall how I ran into your blog, but once I found it and read a couple entries I was hooked, we have very similar tastes it seems.

I tried this recipe this weekend with strawberries only, and it turned out just as good as it looks in your picture! In my next blog post, I plan to summarize my notes to your recipe and linking to your blog/recipe, if that's ok with you.

Next time I will definitely try the raspberry/strawberry combo (I wanted to see how it turned out with just strawberries first). Thanks so much for this great recipe!


At 3:03 PM, Blogger Les said...

Melonie - Yay! I'm glad you tried (and enjoyed) the recipe. Let me know how it works with the raspberries. I love anything with raspberries! Oh, and by all means, feel free to link to my blog. I don't mind!

If you like to read, I also have a book blog. You can find it in my blogger profile.

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was soooo good! The best cobbler recipe I have found!

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous - Well, thank you! I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but I got it somewhere. Just can't remember where! Probably an issue of Southern Living.

So... do I know you?

At 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe, but it was not juicy. Can't figure out what I did wrong?

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous - I wish I could help. Maybe my berries were extra ripe? I wouldn't really say the entire recipe is juicy, though. It's definitely a cake and berry dessert. Mine just happened to ooze a bit out of the dish. Maybe my dish isn't as deep as the one you used?

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Zo-Ya said...

Hi Les,
I tried this recipe and it came out well (we just had some warm cobbler:) ).Thanks for the recipe..Nice blog here.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Les said...

Zo-Ya - Glad you enjoyed it. It's one of our favorites. :) Thanks for visiting my blog!

At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried thid and loved it!...I used brown sugar in the topping instead of white sugar and added a 1/2 tsp cinn to topping too!...MMMM

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Amber said...

Hi Les! I found your strawberry cobbler recipe today and tried it out. It turned out great. Thanks!

At 4:50 AM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous - Brown sugar and cinnamon would be a great substitutes/additions! Glad it turned out well. Thanks for stopping by.

Amber - Glad it turned out! Thanks for visiting my blog and posting a link to this recipe on yours. Have a great summer.

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Katya said...

Hi Lesley, thanks so much for the yummy recipe! I made it yesterday, but substituted brown sugar for the topping, and it turned out great! I will be making this every strawberry harvest, we get loads in our patch!

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Les said...

Katya - Definitely time to start making this on a regular basis! Glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to give the brown sugar a try, as several have mentioned it's very good that way. Thanks!

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Wonderful recipe. We shared this with a friend whose parents are Russian and he said cobbler with a cake bottom is typical in Russian and eastern European countries. I particularly liked it because I am not a fan of pie crust. I think the name is a bit of a misnomer, though.

At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a delicious recipe! thanks sooo much for putting it up. I loved the double crust!

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous - Glad you and your Russian friend enjoyed the dessert.

Anonymous - I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The double crust is quite good, isn't it? I think the leftovers make a great breakfast treat, too. That is if there are any leftovers. ;)

At 7:33 AM, Blogger SomerJane at Daisys and Diggers Blog said...

Ive been looking for a great strawberry cobbler recipe and this looks great! I cant wait to try it out...we just picked strawberries at the farm yesterday and I want to try out this recipe! Great pictures too~ I can almost taste them they are soo pretty! ;-)

At 3:08 PM, Blogger Les said...

SomerJane - Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the cobbler. It's one of my favorite summertime recipes.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Craig said...

Wow that turned out great!! Thank you!

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Les said...

Craig - You're welcome! I'm ready to make a batch of this cobbler later this weekend. It's my favorite summer dessert.

At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks fantastic and I want to try it for our 4th of July party. I know this thread is really old but I'm hoping you can answer a question. In the assembly process you state to put half the batter in, cover with fruit then top with the other half batter. Then the topping is mixed and should be put on top of the strawberries? Did I miss a step somewhere?

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous - I've updated this recipe so it's less confusing. Yes, you pour half of the batter into your dish, then top with the cut strawberries (or fruit of choice). The pour the remaining batter on top of the fruit. Then sprinkle the topping over the fruit/batter and bake.

Don't forget the vanilla ice cream to serve on the side! Enjoy!

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Lizzie53084 said...

Got a huge deal on strawberries a few days ago and bought 8 pounds for $7! So I was on the hunt for ways to use them. Found this on pinterest and made it tonight. LOVED IT!! Kids inhaled it, hubby liked it, I liked it. WIN!!

At 3:34 AM, Blogger Les said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Lizzie53084! It's a perfect summertime dessert and very quick and easy.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I use frozen fruits in this recipe? I am always freezing fresh fruits during the summer months to enjoy later.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Les said...

Anonymous, I don't see why not. I might be inclined to defrost the berries first and pat them dry so the extra moisture doesn't make the dessert too soggy.


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