Patrick likes to forage (he'd make a good bear, I think) and a recent expedition netted him about three pints of black raspberries.
"Let's make a pie!" he said.
"Let's make a cobbler!" I countered.
"What's a cobbler?" he asked. The actual answer is that a cobbler is what I am capable of making since I cannot make pie crust (I KNOW. feel free to teach me) but I am pretty good with forgiving doughs that are intended to be rustic and ugly.
I told him a cobbler is like a pie but you can use even more sugar. He became pro-cobbler, abandoning his pie platform in the face of my compelling rhetoric.
There are a lot of ways to cover a bunch of berries. You can use biscuit, oats, cake, bread, shortcake... personally, I like to make a sugar cookie dough and just drop it on top of the fruit. Even better is to give your child the ingredients and a chair to reach the counter and let them make it while you read a magazine. So that is what I did.
Black Raspberry Cobbler
3 pints black raspberries (or red ones. blueberries. blackberries I suppose)
1 T cornstarch
2/3 c sugar
1 t vanilla extract
Gently combine and scrape into 9 inch deep pie plate. Heat oven to 400°. Cover pie plate with aluminum foil and place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake about fifteen minutes until berries release juice.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix
1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/4 t baking powder
pinch of table salt
and set it aside. Then in a medium bowl beat
8 T butter, room temperature
1/2 c sugar
until light and fluffy. Add
1/2 t vanilla extract
Beat until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
After the fifteen minutes remove pie plate from oven. Stir fruit and then drop dough evenly over berries in heaping spoonfuls. Return to oven and bake (uncovered) until topping is browned and fruit is bubbly, about 35 minutes.
Patrick's berry haul was shy of three full pints so I augmented the black raspberries with leftover blueberries I had in the refrigerator. It all baked down into a nice purple mess regardless.
Did you make it? Change it? Have a better idea? Tell me what you think in the comments.