In a shock to no one, I have a lot of thoughts about the perfect summer cobbler. Cobbler is a sweetened fruit base topped with a wet biscuit batter that bakes up to be something between a cake and a biscuit atop simmering fruit. A cobbler is not a crisp (though this apple crisp really stands the test of time). A cobbler is no time for oats – no time for streusel. Biscuit business only. Cinnamon and nutmeg? Not now, pals – we’ll see you in the autumn. This blueberry cobbler recipe is my ideal – and to let you in on the first secret – mix fresh blueberries with fresh blackberries. Their sweetness and seeds are the perfect compliment to cooked blueberries.
This recipe is inspired by and lightly adapted from my friend Ree, The Pioneer Woman. A few years ago Ree welcomed me and my parents to stay a few nights at The Lodge and my dad has sworn by Ree’s enchilada sauce ever since. We love a tried and true Pioneer Woman recipe in the Wilson home and if there’s one thing Ree knows well, it’s how to make cobbler for a whole dang ranch.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make my favorite blueberry cobbler:
• Berries. Most obviously – fresh blueberries. Less obviously – fresh blackberries because I like a little variety in my dark berry flavor and texture.
And I hear you wondering – can I use frozen blueberries for this recipe? Sure thing! I would thaw and drain the berries before using but if you decide to go with a bunch of frozen berries because you’re a rebel pressed for time, just know your cobbler will be a bit more loose and juicy than the cobbler pictured here.
• unsalted butter (though if you use salted butter, skip the pinch of salt in the fruit filling and cut the dough salt to 1/4 teaspoon)
• granulated sugar
• lemon zest
• kosher salt
• all-purpose flour
• the second secret to my favorite blueberry cobbler: cornmeal. Think – hint of sweetness and tender bite add a lovely texture to the biscuit top.
• baking powder
• a large egg
I used a 9×13-inch baking pan for this mega cobbler because cobbler, when made, should be shared with everyone you know. But it’s also easy to cut this recipe in half and bake it in a 8×8 or 9×9-inch square pan.
Let’s let this blueberry cobbler be as simple as it is. In a medium bowl toss together both berries and lemon zest. Heck, add a little squeeze of lemon juice, too! Add the sugar and toss to thoroughly combine. Sugar should lightly coat each berry.
Sprinkle flour over top of the berry mixture along with a sprinkle of salt and toss to coat. The blackberries may break down a bit as you assemble the filling, but for the most part, the berries should stay intact and will cook down to soft and syrupy in the oven.
While the berries sit and lightly mascerate, let’s bring together the cobbler batter. In a large bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add cold butter cubes and the rest is just like making biscuits – breaking the cold butter into the dry ingredients until they’re the size of oat flakes or small peas. The thing that makes this different from making biscuits or pie crust is that the stakes are much lower. We want this cobbler top to be like a soft drop biscuit, we’re not asking the cold butter to create a flaky crust.
In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir to create a somewhat sticky batter. The texture of the dough will be soft, fluffy, and a bit sticky.
Heat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease a big baking dish. Place the berries in the dish and dot with softened butter because of course.
Crumble the biscuit topping in slightly flattened gobs (for lack of a better word) on top of the fruit. You’ll want some berries to peek through the topping. The third secret to this ideal blueberry cobbler – think “cobblestone street” when you’re crumbling the topping. It is a cobbler after all, you want some berries and their juice sneaking through the top.
Cover the cobbler with foil for 20 minutes then uncover and forget about the cobbler in the oven (for about 20-25 more minutes). You’ll smell those bubbling berries and buttery biscuits and remember the incredible life choices you made just 40 minutes prior. When you open the oven the cobbler top should be a gorgeous golden brown and the fruit edges bubbling.
The purple shade of baked berries is just SUCH A SWOON. This blueberry cobbler is best served warm (DUH) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
There’s also a good case for serving this perfect summer dessert at room temperature, ya know, at a sunset picnic, as we do. Store and leftover cobbler in the fridge and reheat the following morning for breakfast.
This is just one of those recipes that will getcha all the way through another glorious berry season!
If you’re in need of other summer dessert ideas see:
Fresh Blueberry and Mint LemonadePrint
My Favorite Blueberry Cobbler
For the Berries:
- 6 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups fresh blackberries (large berries cut in half)
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
For the Dough:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- Vanilla ice cream for serving
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl stir together the berries, sugar and lemon zest. Sprinkle the flour over the top of the mixture as well as a pinch of salt. Toss until thoroughly combined and set aside.
- To make the dough, in a large bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the cubes of butter and use a pastry blender (or your hands) to work the ingredients into a coarse meal. Some peas will be the size of small peas, other’s will be little flakes of butter. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. The mixture will be lumpy and clumpy.
- Spoon the berry mixture into a 9×13-inch pan. Dot the top of the berries with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Tear pinches of the dough from the bowl, and place them on top of the berries like little cobblestones. Sprinkle with a few tablespoons more sugar.
- Cover the pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 20-25 minutes more until the topping is deeply golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy with vanilla ice cream.
- Cobbler can be stores in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and can be reheated before enjoying leftovers.
Hi. For the cornmeal, would you use fine, medium, or coarse ground? I want to make this tomorrow, it looks delicious!
Hi there! Fine to medium grind is good here. For example if you’re getting Quaker yellow cornmeal it’s fine/medium. Bob’s Red Mill has medium and coarse. Most generic cornmeal will be medium. Happy baking, I hope this turns out beautifully!
Or you can just freeze the butter and grate it on a box grater, a lot easier (when you aren’t camping).
Fabulous recipe! Made this for a lake house party recently and what wasn’t eaten for dessert at dinner was finished off at breakfast in the morning. Perfect fruit to cobbler ratio and the lemon zest makes it pop.
Hi there. Did you use fine, medium or coarse ground corn meal in the recipe?
How is the best way to reheat the cobbler?
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This is now my favorite blueberry cobbler. Looks amazing. The presentation and pictures are fantastic. Didn´t know this secret to use cornmeal. Can´t wait to surprise my family this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
Try adding a little coriander into the blueberry mix. Makes them more blueberryyyy. A great trick from stella parks.
Ok looking forward to trying this on our next camping adventure. In a 12″round cast iron dutch oven. Only I will be trying with frozen berries and I use saco buttermilk powder for pancakes so I will be using the blueberry water instead of adding water to the buttermilk powder to try as to keep it tight instead of loose.Also a little trick I learned camping melt the butter and slowly pour into ice water it will create tiny strands of butter. So you do not need a pastry knife.