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Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Easy blackberry cobbler isn’t rocket science–just a blend of berries, butter, and a soft, cake-like buttermilk batter for a southern dessert we all know how to eat, and eat well. Serve yours with ice cream and enjoy the flavors of any fruit you like. It’s easy to customize!

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blackberry cobbler in a skillet

If you spend much time with a southern woman who knows how to cook, you’ve probably had what we call a “one cup cobbler”. The name is a little deceiving though–it doesn’t mean it makes a cup of cobbler but that it takes a cup of each ingredient.

It’s so simple it’s almost embarrassing and it tastes better than you can probably imagine just looking at it on screen.

What is cobbler?

A cobbler is a fruit dish that’s topped with a batter, biscuit or dumpling before being baked. In this case, we use a batter that makes a golden, buttery, tender cake-like topping that floats above the cooked fruit. I have heard some sort of ugly rumors about people calling fruit covered with pie crust a cobbler–let’s skip that idea because this is my blog and I get to have the last say.

If you want to use a pie crust, call it pie like it is and move on (though I do recognize that LOTS of southern cobbler recipes have a top and bottom pie crust).

The secret to the most tender, golden, flavorful crust

After years of making this, I’ve discovered a little secret I’m going to let you in on: buttermilk.

blackberry cobbler in a skillet

Magic happens with buttermilk. It makes the most tender, tangy dough and I really prefer it over a plain milk version. If you don’t have any buttermilk it’s fine to use all 2% or whole or make a fill-in buttermilk with a recipe like this. It’s not the same flavor but it works in a pinch.

This recipe also calls for self rising flour. That’s a blend of flour, baking powder and salt together in a bag. If you don’t have self rising flour you can make your own.

Can frozen blackberries work here?

100% yes. I use frozen ones I grow, but any frozen ones work because they get cooked down anyway.

Can I use another fruit besides blackberries?

This is also a great base for any other fruit cobbler. If you are using a sweet fruit–like peaches–feel free to reduce the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup or more depending on sweetness. I love this recipe with pitted sour cherries too. So good!

Tips for making the “sauce” of your cobbler

This recipe is what we call “self saucing” because you pour in butter, then batter, then berries and the water they cooked in then the whole thing bakes, the cake comes to the top, the berries sink beneath and the flour in the batter thickens the berry water into a sauce. It’s magic.

If you want your sauce thinner: add more or all of the water you used from simmering your berries.

If you want your sauce thicker and the whole cobbler more cake-like: add less water from simmering your berries (leave behind 1/3 of it or so).

Should blackberry cobbler be refrigerated?

Serve your cobbler warm or room temperature, but when you’re done yes, go ahead and refrigerate it. I cover mine in plastic wrap. Blackberry cobbler will last 3 or 4 days in the fridge.

blackberry cobbler in a skillet

One-Cup Blackberry Cobbler

This traditional southern blackberry cobbler uses (about) a cup of each ingredient and makes the easiest, best tasting cobbler you'll have this summer.
3.75 from 8 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 244kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 2% or whole milk or 3/4 cup if you are omitting the buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 quart fresh or frozen blackberries 4 cups (2 14-ounce bags frozen berries)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Enough water to cover berries about 2-3 cups

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350.
  • Place your berries in a medium sauce pan and add just enough water to almost cover them. About 2 cups or so. 
  • Place the pot over medium high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • In a 9x13 baking dish, pour in the melted butter. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl mix the self rising flour and sugar. Add the milks and stir well. Batter should be slightly thicker than pancake batter.
  • Pour the batter evenly over the melted butter. DO NOT stir.
  • Next use a slotted spoons to sprinkle the hot berries over the batter. Pour over about 2 cups of the remaining water from the berries. Use less water for a more cake-like cobbler and all of the water for a more saucy cobbler.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes until the dough is golden and the cobbler bubbles.

Notes

Remember: The more water you add to the batter and fruit, the more juice your cobbler will have when it bakes. I recommend 2 cups of water here for a moderately juicy cobbler. If you want it thinner, add the full 3 cups of water. If you want it more like a cake, do 1 1/2 or even 1 3/4 cups water. 

Nutrition

Calories: 244kcal
  

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