This summer, I had the privilege to pick wild berries on the empty lots across from my house. Hubby and I usually walk around the neighborhood after work and on the weekends, and we couldn’t help but notice that the wild berry bushes were quite busy this Spring. Unlike last year, when we barely got any rain, we received quite an abundance of rain this past Spring. As a result, Mother Nature was busy nurturing those berry bushes.
I also want to tell you that this was my first berry picking experience. I know there are farms where you can go to pick berries. But usually those places are way out of the city, and I just never can muster any effort to go to one. So, I was really excited to pick these berries. I almost couldn’t be patient enough to let the berries ripen.
After waiting for about a month, the berries were finally ripe and ready to be picked. I was ready to fight with the birds, especially those Mockingbirds. Mockingbirds are something, you know. We have seen a little tiny Mockingbird dove bomb a hawk perching on a branch of a tree! The hawk’s body moved because of the impact, and it bounced back to where it was! It was quite a hilarious scene, since the hawk just ignored the little bird, and the Mockingbird continued to tell the hawk to get away from that branch!
This berry bush right here was just one of the many that were growing out there. They looked quite healthy actually.
And of course, as I was looking for berries, I got side tracked and was staring at wild flowers instead. They were quite pretty, but I did not pick them and left them out there to mind their own business.
Amid looking at where I put my foot down, since I didn’t want to accidentally stepping on a snake, I found this! Hog’s print!! Harrumphh!! I was fine with them as long as they didn’t mess up my yard or eat the berries before I had a chance to pick them! ;)
See how plump those berries are!
I was a one happy mama that Saturday!
I ended up with an almost full quart potato salad container of berries. And it turned out to be just right. The recipe called for four cups of berries.
Look at these berries – but this picture can be deceiving though. These wild berries are really small compared to the store bought berries. And they were really tart!
All right, let’s get cranking here. I will stop boring you with the berry picking story and show you what I did with them. The recipe I found was from allrecipes.com, and it was a keeper. I modified it slightly by adding some lemon zest, since I was about to throw away the lemon afterward, so I might as well utilize the zest.
So I needed 4 cups of berries, all purpose flour, corn starch, salt, baking soda, lemon, butter and water.
First order of the business was adding the salt to the all purpose flour.
Then the baking soda, mixed all of them up…
Then added the cold butter.
Using a pastry cutter, I cut the butter into the flour mixture.
Until it resembles coarse flour mixture.
This is the part that I was rather confused with. In my experience, to reach flakiness in a dough, you have to use all cold ingredients. However, this recipe calls for boiling water to be added to the flour/butter mixture.
So added the boiling water and mixed them up, until I came up with this very moist dough.
In a medium sauce pan, I added corn starch to water.
And lemon juice.
Then I added the berries. Now, the recipe called for an iron skillet. But since I planned on sharing the cobbler with 2 different groups of people, then I just cooked these berries in this sauce pan.
Turned on the heat…
Cooked it until it boiled.
Then I transferred the berries mixture into baking pans that were sprayed with PAM.
Added the dough by the spoonfuls…
And baked them for 25 minutes or so…
Until the dough was golden brown.
What do you think?
I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and YUM!! This recipe did not disappoint me! It is definitely a keeper, and therefore I’m keeping it in my blog! :)
So, try it, and let me know if you agree with me. Until my next typing whim!
Print recipe here.
Wild Blackberry Cobbler
Recipe adapted from AmandaLyneal
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 ½ cup white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
1/4 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
4 cups of fresh blackberries, washed and drained.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Using a pastry cutter or forks, cut in butter until they resemble like coarse crumbs.
Stir in 1/4 cup of boiling water, and mix until the dough is evenly moist.
In a medium sauce pan, add cold water, corn starch, lemon juice, lemon zest and berries.
Bring to a boil.
Prepare baking pans or ceramic baking pan by spraying with PAM.
Pour berries mixture into the prepared pan.
Add the dough by a spoonful.
Bake for 25 minutes until dough is golden brown.
Serve as is, or with whip cream or ice cream.