Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

Fresh, lightly sweetened whipped cream or ice cream is the perfect accompaniment to this dessert. Make sure to not mix your wet and dry ingredients until right before the berries come out of the oven for the best results.

Serves 6 to 8

While the blueberries are baking, prepare the ingredients for the biscuit topping, but do not stir the wet into the dry ingredients until just before the berries come out of the oven. A standard or deep-dish 9-inch pie pan works well; an 8-inch-square baking dish can also be used. Vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream is the perfect accompaniment. To reheat leftovers, put the cobbler in a 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until heated through.


Ingredients

Filling
1/2 cup (31/2 ounces) sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
6 cups (30 ounces) fresh blueberries, picked over
11/2 teaspoons grated zest plus 1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon

Biscuit Topping
1 cup (5 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar, plus 2 teaspoons for sprinkling
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees.

2. For the filling: Stir sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together in large bowl. Add berries and mix gently with rubber spatula until evenly coated; add lemon zest and juice and mix to combine. Transfer berry mixture to 9-inch glass pie pan, place pie pan on rimmed baking sheet, and bake until filling is hot and bubbling around edges, about 25 minutes.

3. For the biscuit topping: Whisk flour, cornmeal, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl to combine. Whisk melted butter, buttermilk, and vanilla in small bowl. Mix remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and cinnamon in second small bowl and set aside. One minute before berries come out of the oven, add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; stir with rubber spatula until just combined and no dry pockets remain.

4. To assemble and bake cobbler: Remove berries from oven; increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Pinch off 8 equal-sized pieces biscuit dough and place on hot berry filling, spacing them at least 1/2 inch apart (they should not touch). Sprinkle each mound of dough with cinnamon-sugar. Bake until filling is bubbling and biscuits are golden brown on top and cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool cobbler on wire rack 20 minutes and serve.

Blueberry Cobbler with Gingered Biscuits

Follow recipe for Blueberry Cobbler, adding 3 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger to flour mixture and substituting an equal amount ground ginger for cinnamon in sugar for sprinkling on biscuits.

All-Season Blueberry Cobbler (With Frozen Blueberrries)

Thawed berries shed a lot of flavorful liquid that must be reduced to a syrup on the stovetop before baking.

Thaw 36 ounces (about 6 cups) frozen blueberries (preferably wild) in colander set over bowl to catch juices. Transfer juices (you should have about 1 cup) to small saucepan; simmer over medium heat until syrupy and thick enough to coat back of spoon, about 10 minutes. Follow recipe for Blueberry Cobbler, mixing syrup with berries and other filling ingredients, increasing baking time for berry mixture to 30 minutes, and increasing biscuit baking time to 20 to 22 minutes.