One of the things I love about summertime is the abundance of fresh fruit. I eat tons and tons of fruit and try to relish every bite, saving the sensations for those cold winter days when fruit is less plentiful and is shipped in from South America or other exotic locales – and is therefore picked early to maintain freshness in shipping. It just doesn’t have the same juicy flavors then… the flavors of summer.
When I was a girl, my mom would make this fruit cobbler. I remember it being a special treat we’d enjoy with ice cream and the combination of the sweetness of the fruit along with the crispy topping was just heaven.
I’ve made other fruit cobblers in the past – I have a recipe that has been my “go-to” cobbler recipe and I just love it – not for the recipe but because it is written by my grandmother’s hand. I don’t have too many things like that anymore and I really cherish it. It is one of the few recipes I’ve not transferred to a typewritten format.
Love her shorthand… and her handwriting.
While I was at Mom’s last week, she had an abundance of peaches that were ripening on the counter. We decided to make peach cobbler one night. I wanted to do one that was different from this one and Mom thought she had some other recipes. Lo and behold she uncovered the one that she used to make when I was a girl.
Angelina helped us to make it. She was the official “mixer” of the ingredients…well, of everything except the part with the boiling water. I did that one for safety reasons. 🙂
It was just like I remembered. Crispy on the top, fluffy cobbler breading and sweet fruit filling. Total bliss.
Last night I made the cobbler with some blueberries that had been languishing in the refrigerator. SuperMan hates it when I leave blueberries in the fridge for too long because they invariably fall out and spill all over the floor at some point. So, I decided in the interest of household peace, we’d eat the little suckers.
It was just as yummy as the peach version.
Here’s the recipe in case you want to try it…
It’s totally flexible – use strawberries, blueberries, any kind of berries or stone fruits. You can’t go wrong. You could even go crazy and use apples and add some cinnamon for a fall treat. (hmmm….)
Mom’s Fruit Cobbler
Fresh or canned fruit (I used a combination of both for the blueberry one, we used about six fresh peaches for the peach one)
1 3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup plus 3/8 cup Splenda Blend)
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp cornstarch
2/3 cup boiling water
- Cover bottom of 8×8 inch square pan with fruit.
- Mix 3/4 cup sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, milk & flour together. (use the 3/8 cup Splenda blend here)
- Spoon over fruit.
- Mix remaining sugar & cornstarch. Sprinkle over dish.
- Pour boiling water over top.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.