Peach Blackberry Cobbler

This 4th of July, spend more time at the party than in the kitchen with this easy-to-throw-together fruit cobbler.  A perfect ending to your holiday meal, this dish is sure to give the fireworks a run for their money.  Mine is peach and blackberry but you can get creative with the filling, choosing fruits that are fresh and in season. Blueberries and raspberries for example, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top make for a true red white and blue Independence Day dessert.  It’s so quick to make, you can have your cobbler and eat it too!

Peach Blackberry Cobbler

Makes 10-12 servings

Filling Ingredients:

3 lbs fresh peaches, cut into 1/2 inch slices (about 4 cups sliced) peeled or skins left on*

2 cups fresh blackberries

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed

3 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Topping Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon white sugar for dusting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Pour mixture into a 9X13 baking dish.

In another large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and mix well.

Add cold butter cubes to flour mixture and crumble with your fingers until butter is the size of tiny peas.

Add heavy cream and gently mix to make a soft dough. 

Drop dollops of dough over fruit mixture and sprinkle dough lightly with remaining sugar.

Bake for about 40-45 minutes until biscuits are golden and the filling is bubbling.

*To peel or not to peel your peaches. I like it both ways. Peeling adds a few quick steps, and leaving the skins on will add a little pop of color to your cobbler. To peel, cut a small “X” in the bottom of each peach. Dip them in boiling water for 45 seconds, then into an ice water bath to prevent further cooking. Once cooled, remove from water and skins will slide right off.

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