TWD: Mixed Berry Cobbler – Better Late Than Never!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What could be better on a lazy, sultry, summer day than a fistful of fresh, lush berries, bursting with sweetness; their ripeness dripping in rivulets down your chin as you take that first big, juicy, sublime bite? Not much, I suspect. But, this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Mixed Berry Cobbler, comes pretty close.

Gorging on Mother Nature’s summer bounty is one of the simple, basic pleasures of the season. Dorie’s cobbler sets the perfect stage for berries to strut their delicious stuff. This recipe is not a difficult one and has lots of room for improvisation. The crust is made from a basic sweet biscuit dough that can be left as is or flavored any way you like. Dorie specifies that either fresh or frozen berries can be used, as well as a number of other fruits.


For my cobbler, I chose to use a mixture if fresh and frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. I did this because, while the fresh strawberries were reasonable priced, the other berries were out of sight and not all that sweet. The frozen berries were the same price, but for twice as much fruit. I thawed them and let them drain really well before I mixed them up with the fresh ones. Then, I added the sugar and a little framboise, because I like it.
I was a little nervous about making the biscuit dough as directed in the recipe. Many of my fellow TDW’ers reported that they were disappointed with it. But, since it was an integral part of the finished product, I did do it Dorie’s way. I had to add some extra cream to my dough, because it was a little too crumbly. I also added 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cardamom as well. Before I baked the cobbler, I brushed a tiny bit of cream and sprinkled some raw turbinado sugar on top of the crust.

I have to say that this cobbler rocked! The fruit was the perfect balance of tart and sweet. The berries were really soft and juicy, but Not mushy. The crust was fabulous. I loved the texture. It was crunchy, yet tender at the same time. The cinnamon and cardamom flavors were subtle, but definitely evident. I think that they really added a little something extra to that crust, which was the perfect backdrop for those gorgeous berries!


My cobbler was served with some honey vanilla ice cream on the side, though I was secretly wishing that I had some creme fraiche to top it with. I think that the ice cream kind of “drowned out” the flavors of the cobbler. Since I definitely plan to make this dish again, I’ll have to remember that for next time.
Although we have decided, as a group, not to reprint Dorie’s recipes from the book in our posts anymore, this one can be found online here. So, if you even remotely like what you see here, click on over, get the recipe (or buy the book) and MAKE. THIS. NOW!!!



My thanks to Beth from Our Sweet Life for choosing this terrific recipe for us this week. If you’d like to see lots more beautiful and luscious cobblers, go and check out the TWD blogroll.

54 responses to TWD: Mixed Berry Cobbler – Better Late Than Never!

  1. On June 24, 2008 at 6:35pm, bakingwiththeboys said...

    Yum. Your pictures are gorgeous!

  2. On June 24, 2008 at 6:40pm, Manggy said...

    Okay! Okay! I’ll make it now! But to buy the berries here, I’ll need
    1. extra arm
    2. extra leg
    3. chop off #1 and #2 and sell them. Ha ha ha :P I love your very sensual description of berries, almost as much as the tantalizing pic of the cobbler, juicy goodness coursing down the sides!

  3. On June 24, 2008 at 7:00pm, Engineer Baker said...

    The ice cream does look like it overwhelmed the cobbler! But it looks fantastic!

  4. On June 24, 2008 at 7:08pm, Peter M said...

    I have no reservations about diving head first into this cobbler now!

  5. On June 24, 2008 at 7:10pm, karen said...

    looks really good. gorgeous pics :)

  6. On June 24, 2008 at 7:35pm, Rebecca said...

    Oh, that next to last photo is killing me. Gorgeous!

  7. On June 24, 2008 at 7:39pm, Brilynn said...

    I can’t believe the number of TWD recipes that I haven’t made yet! This looks fantastic and I just picked up some strawberries and raspberries from the market.

  8. On June 24, 2008 at 7:55pm, Pamela said...

    Your pictures are stunning! Great job.

  9. On June 24, 2008 at 8:06pm, Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide said...

    Looks divine….nothing pisses me off more than a blueberry that is tasteless!

  10. On June 24, 2008 at 8:08pm, Kevin said...

    Great looking berry cobbler!!

  11. On June 24, 2008 at 9:39pm, Jules Someone said...

    These pictures are wonderful. I want to get a spoon and eat off of my computer screen. Delicious!

  12. On June 24, 2008 at 9:40pm, Bumblebutton said...

    So fun when you love a recipe! Looks so delicious–and I really love your bowl of berries photo!

  13. On June 25, 2008 at 4:07am, Grace said...

    oh, you slay me. what gorgeous photos of one of my favorite desserts. i’m hopelessly devoted to you. :)
    by the way, i got the apron you sent and it is fabulous. thank you so much! :)

  14. On June 25, 2008 at 4:41am, Mevrouw Cupcake said...

    That’s one beautiful cobbler! Well done!

  15. On June 25, 2008 at 5:01am, Maya said...

    Warm cobbler + ice cream – delicious!

  16. On June 25, 2008 at 5:27am, Beth said...

    Yum, love your bowls!

  17. On June 25, 2008 at 6:31am, likesprinkles said...

    I love your dishes! Your cobbler looks great too. :)

  18. On June 25, 2008 at 8:03am, Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

    Susan, this is a sin……..I should have had this recipe yesterday – my rhubard deserved a better topping…..Sniffff!!!!!

  19. On June 25, 2008 at 8:10am, Jeena said...

    Please give me some of this dish now??? This look SO good!

  20. On June 25, 2008 at 8:40am, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Hi Everyone! I’m so glad that you liked my cobbler (and the photos)! Thanks for all your kind words. I have to say that I really enjoyed making this recipe. It was not very complicated or time-consuming. Plus, it was absolutely delicious! I’m going to try it with peaches and blackberries next.

    For those of you who are interested, I think I got those bowls at Williams-Sonoma eons ago. They came in a set of 4, all different colors.

    Manggy- Lol! This was good, but I don’t think it’s worth selling body parts!

    Peter- don’t forget your nose plugs! ;)

    Brilynn- It certainly is a big, fat book! I have a hard time remembering what’s in there myself!

    Grace- I’m so glad you like the apron. Now, go put it on along with some 4-inch Manolos and start baking! ;)

    Nina- Bummer! Now you have an excuse to make it again. :)

  21. On June 25, 2008 at 8:57am, kim said...

    love your gorgeous photos! the drips in the first one are perfection :)

  22. On June 25, 2008 at 9:51am, melly~ said...

    you made foodgawk! bravo!
    i’m so glad to have found the TWD group. it’s really enjoyable to see everyone’s dishes. yours is lovely.

  23. On June 25, 2008 at 9:51am, Paula said...

    That cobbler looks great, and the honey vanilla ice cream sounds wonderful, too!

  24. On June 25, 2008 at 11:22am, The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

    This looks so beautiful I could eat the photos themselves! I love berries. I love ice cream. I’m in love, period.

  25. On June 25, 2008 at 11:35am, Anonymous said...

    I found your blog through one of a friend’s, and I have to say, food junky as I am, I’m completely hooked! ; )
    I’ve just started to cook myself… and hope I’ll be able to try soon some of the wonderful looking dishes you’ve posted so far : )
    All the best
    Filomena
    Lisboa (Portugal)

  26. On June 25, 2008 at 11:52am, LyB said...

    What a fabulous crust on that cobbler! I just love the colors of this dish, and it looks absolutely delicious!

  27. On June 25, 2008 at 2:20pm, Jen of A2eatwrite said...

    Berry Cobbler of any type is probably my all time favorite dessert. This looks truly drool-worthy, Susan. I mean that in a good way, of course. ;-)

  28. On June 25, 2008 at 3:03pm, Linda said...

    Those berries look so luscious! Creme fraiche sounds like a great suggestion for the next time around. Beautiful work!

  29. On June 25, 2008 at 4:05pm, Aran said...

    luscious is right! yum!

  30. On June 25, 2008 at 4:21pm, Andrea said...

    Beautiful! I just gained three pounds looking at those gorgeous photos! Every time I think about joining TWD, I think about the pounds I would gain and chicken out!

  31. On June 25, 2008 at 4:35pm, Heather B said...

    honey vanilla ice cream?! That sounds delicious! Your cobbler looks tasty! Great job!

  32. On June 25, 2008 at 5:56pm, rainbowbrown said...

    You make this thing look absolutely delicious. Which it was. Nice job!

  33. On June 25, 2008 at 6:27pm, Shari said...

    I love that first picture with the juice oozing down the sides of the pan. Perfectly delicious.
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  34. On June 25, 2008 at 6:52pm, StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

    Kim- Thanks! The drips were a bonus! ;)

    Melly- Thank you! I’m glad you found the group too. You’ll really like it.

    Paula- The ice cream is wonderful, but next time I’ll go plainer. The honey flavor was a little much.

    S(d)OC- Lol! Thanks! But what do you REALLY think?

    Anon- Welcome! I’m so glad you came by. You will find lots of inspiration on the food blogs. I always do. :)

    LyB- Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Jen- It’s one of my all time faves too. I’m glad you like mine!

    Linda- Thanks! Yeah, I think the creme fraiche is the way to go.

    Aran- Thank you! :)

    Andrea- Sorry about that. ;) I’m really glad you liked it though.
    Joining a baking group definitely carries that risk. I try to pace myself.

    Heather B- Thank you! Glad you liked it!

    Rainbowbrown- Thanks very much! I’m glad you think so.

    Shari- Thanks! I really wanted to shoot those drips. It was quite a mess, though. ;)

  35. On June 25, 2008 at 9:03pm, RecipeGirl said...

    As sloppy as that first picture is, I love that one the best. Those drippy drips and invaluable. They make it authentic and droolworthy!

  36. On June 25, 2008 at 10:36pm, Proud Italian Cook said...

    Drippy, oozy,creamy,fruity!!Yumm!!

  37. On June 25, 2008 at 10:47pm, Peko Peko said...

    Looks absolutely heavenly!

    Here in Japan where I live, it would probably cost $50 US to buy enough fresh fruit to make a cobbler like that.

    Ummm!

    KyotoFoodieのPeko

  38. On June 25, 2008 at 10:59pm, Heather said...

    Oh, how I love a good cobbler. I especially like when the bubbly juices drip over the sides of the baking vessel. So homey!

  39. On June 26, 2008 at 4:38am, joanne at frutto della passione said...

    I deliberately didn’t come to look at this yesterday because I was in and out of meetings all day and I didn’t want to be distracted! Today is another story, ah, sweet distraction.

  40. On June 26, 2008 at 8:34am, noble pig said...

    This really looks amazing. I love the dripping look!

  41. On June 26, 2008 at 9:18am, Hillary said...

    Mmm I love summer berries. After seeing this, there is no way I could give them up!

  42. On June 26, 2008 at 11:10am, CookiePie said...

    Yum yum YUM! Summer cobblers, crisps and crumbles are probably my very favorite desserts, and yours is beautiful! I love the addition of cardamom – that smell in the oven is maddeningly good! I’ll have mine with ice cream, please!

  43. On June 26, 2008 at 4:22pm, Kim said...

    Late or not, this so looks good. Fabulous photos. Always a delight to visit here.

  44. On June 26, 2008 at 8:39pm, Cakelaw said...

    The picture of the uncooked cobbler with all the fruit is just devine – I wanted to dive right in!

  45. On June 26, 2008 at 9:21pm, Jaime said...

    honey vanilla ice cream?! where’s mine? :) your cobbler looks so perfect and rustic!

  46. On June 27, 2008 at 8:54am, Jen Yu said...

    Oh honey, that dish full of berries is like the utmost summer indulgence! No wait – the last picture with the cobbler over a scoop of ice cream is the utmost indulgence! :) yummmmmm. Your foods and images are always so bright and happy – you always cheer me up when I stop by. xxoo

  47. On June 27, 2008 at 9:03am, We Are Never Full said...

    whoa! the bits of juice dripping down the side of pan is making me drool!

  48. On June 27, 2008 at 9:19am, Bellini Valli said...

    This does sound like one I need to give a try:D

  49. On June 27, 2008 at 10:54am, Patricia Scarpin said...

    I’m a complete sucker for anything with berries, Susan, and this cobbler looks too good not to be tried!

  50. On June 27, 2008 at 12:57pm, Tartelette said...

    Oh my little skipping heart! That first ice cream picture got me weak in the knees!

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  52. On June 27, 2008 at 3:28pm, Joanna said...

    one word.

    yum.

  53. On June 27, 2008 at 3:41pm, JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

    whoa mama! That looks delicious especially with the ice cream! yumeh!

  54. On June 28, 2008 at 8:46pm, Dolores said...

    Oooh… I like the framboise… and the honey vanilla ice cream. Gorgeous!

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