Blackberry and Apple Cobbler

Blackberry cobbler

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
219 Calories
6g Fat
39g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 219
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 242mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 114mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cobblers have been a staple in Northern American and British baking traditions for hundreds of years. These sweet preparations date back to the British occupation in the American colonies. Sweet and fruity, cobblers are very easy to make and can take on many flavors and variations, though the essential cobbler is a fruit filling covered with a thick batter. Berries, apples, pears, peaches, rhubarb, pumpkin, or a combination of two or more fruits make delicious and easy desserts. Our blackberry and apple cobbler has the best of the tangy berries and apples, with a sweet touch that is not overpowering, making it a great dessert to finish up a hearty meal. Serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or go with a sweet-and-savory option by serving it with a cheese platter of bold and strong cheeses like Stilton, Gorgonzola, Brie, and Camembert.

If it's berry season and you have too many blackberries that are perhaps too soft to eat fresh, this is a great recipe to put them to good use and not let them go to waste. As for the apples, use anything you have at hand, from the famously tangy Granny Smith to sweeter but firm Fuji or Envy. Mutsu, Honeycrisp, or Jonagold are also great, but anything you can find will make a great cobbler. Leaving the peel in is up to you, but if using nonorganic apples it might be a better idea to remove the peel. If it's not berry season or the berries you can find are too tangy, use frozen fruit, which is also a great budget-friendly swap. If using frozen fruit, mix with the apples without thawing—can't get easier than that.

Although cobblers are famous as desserts, their premise of assembly can be used for savory dishes, too. If this is something you'd like to experiment with, first choose the filling, such as mushrooms, hardboiled eggs, sausage, greens, ham, chicken, ground beef, or a mixture with veggies and protein. Be sure to slightly cook the veggies before adding the batter on top, so they release their moisture and won't make a runny cobbler. Then make your batter following our measurements but skipping the sugar and adding salt and pepper to taste. It's very simple to make a savory cobbler, and once you've made the apple blackberry one you'll know what to expect. Don't miss out on this delicious dish, and plan ahead, because it's best eaten after it has cooled down and set for a little.


For the Batter:

  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup milk

For the Fruit Filling:

  • 2 cups blackberries

  • 1 cup diced apples

  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat the oven to 375 F. Butter a 9-inch-round cake pan.

  3. Cream the butter and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy.

  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  5. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with the milk; beat until smooth.

  6. In a separate bowl, combine blackberries, apples, and 1/2 cup sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  7. Put fruit mixture in the prepared cake pan. Pour batter over the fruit. Sprinkle with a little sugar.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.

  9. Serve and enjoy.

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