Saturday, June 9, 2012

Nanny's Berry Cobbler

Nanny lived in a little house that sat on an old farm.  The old farm sat on a mountain in Alabama.  The farmland had been in our family for generations, but over the years parts were sold off until only a little remained.
It was flanked with creeks and ponds.  No one had farmed the land in years and it was all grown up.  The woods had taken over most of the sheds and honeysuckle grew into and around and on top of the barn.
The fences that used to mark the boundaries of the fields now served as trellises for wild blackberry bushes.
When school was out for the summer we visited Nanny, and the blackberries were always ripe.  She would give us a basket, and we would wade through the fallow pasture to pick the firm, tart berries.  And she would make us this cobbler.

Nanny's Fruit Cobbler

1 cup flour
1/2 tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups berries

1. Whisk dry ingredients
2. Add milk and melted butter to dry ingredients
3. Pour batter into ungreased 1 1/2 quart dish
4. Distribute berries evenly over batter

Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.  Don't over bake.  Bake time will depend on the shape and height of your baking dish.  Center should be set, and toothpick should come out clean.  Top will be a deep golden brown.  Let sit 20 minutes before serving

This cobbler is very moist, with a large crumb.  The butter creates a crisp top layer, while the milk keeps the middle white and moist.  The berries sink to the bottom forming a tart base.  Serve warm!

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