Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Mixed Berry Cobbler With Biscuit Topping

Who's ready for a little mixed berry cobbler?  Since we're coming into the start of berry season fairly soon, I thought it would be nice to share with you all one of my best cobbler recipes.  The nice thing about this recipe is that you can really play around with your portions of berries, and basically use any variety that you'd like {just go easy on the strawberries, they tend to be a little too watery for this type of biscuit topping}.  No fresh berries in your area yet?  This recipe works well with frozen berries as well, and no need to defrost them beforehand either.

And can we talk about that topping for a sec?  It's a sweet biscuit, that is beyond easy to construct and always turns out perfectly imperfect; golden brown, with cracks from where the berries ooze up on the sides.  Very homey & rustic looking.  Just the way I like my desserts!

When my family was visiting me recently, I cooked a really nice dinner full of homestyle favorites, and we had also invited Adams father over for dinner.  He happens to love blueberries, so I doubled the amount of blueberries in this recipe.  The result was great, but all of our teeth were stained purplish blue for hours afterwards!  We all thought it was pretty funny and had a good laugh, but definitely something to keep in mind if you're cooking this for a dinner party...

** For this recipe, you will need a 10" cast iron skillet.  You can purchase a fancy one, but I've found that I like Lodge skillets the best.  They hold up amazingly well, and are very inexpensive!  View it here.**


2 cups all purpose flour {I've also made this with whole wheat flour, and it turns out great so feel free to substitute}
1 tbsp. baking powder
7 tbsp. sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into tiny chunks
3/4 cup cold heavy cream
3 cups blueberries, rinsed
1 cup blackberries, rinsed
1 cup raspberries, rinsed
1 tbsp. cornstarch
grated zest of 1 lemon
vanilla ice cream or whipped topping for serving


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Butter a 10" cast iron skillet, and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together  the flour, baking powder, 3 tbsp of the sugar, and salt.  Place dry ingredients in a food processor, add in the butter chunks, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  

Remove from processor, place back in your large bowl, and add in the heavy cream.  Gently turn the ingredients, until a very soft dough forms.  Use your hands to knead the dough until it's evenly blended {it should be soft and sticky}.

Place the dough in between two sheets of plastic wrap, and gently roll it out into a circle until that is roughly 10" in diameter.  Don't worry if your edges are uneven or if the size isn't exactly right, this is a very rustic looking dessert and any imperfections just add to its charm.  Set dough aside.

Next, in a large bowl, toss together your berries, the remaining 4 tbsp of sugar, cornstarch, and lemon zest.  Dump the berry mixture into your buttered skillet, and place your rolled out biscuit dough on top of the berries.  Using a small knife, pierce 6-8 slits in the dough {just as you would a pie crust}, and cut out a small center in the middle of the dough.  This allows for proper ventilation and aids in the cooking process.

Place the cobbler in the oven, and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the fruit it bubbling up through the center, and around the sides of the biscuit.  Transfer the skillet to a rack, and let cool for about 30 minutes before serving.

Serve warm, or at room temperature with a dollop of ice cream or whipped topping.

You might notice that I have 2 different towels in my pictures.  We were such eager fat kids when I made this that I forgot to take a picture before we sliced into it!  Thank goodness I had an older picture to use :)

I really hope you enjoy this recipe!  Please let me know if you end up making it, and if you have any feedback leave your comment at the bottom of this page.  I love hearing from you guys! xx


  1. I love all the different berry flavors you added into this recipe!! Sounds and looks incredible! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. This looks so yummy! Planning on making it this weekend!

    1. Yessss! Let me know how it turns out for you :)



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