We have a pop quiz today!
a) Do you like cobblers? (Hint, yes!)
b) Do you like 4-ingredient desserts that are super simple to put together yet make for a beautiful presentation?
c) How about a dark magenta-colored dessert with blackberry juice oozing out the sides?
d) Served warm and topped with creamy vanilla ice cream?
e) Do you enjoy sugary fruit? (Hey, it is fruit!)
f) And cookie-like biscuits topping the sugary fruit?
If you answered "yes" to all the questions, and your mouth started to water while you did so, I allow you to proceed to make this delicious cobbler. The blackberries soften and ooze with joy in the oven, while the apple plays it's own role, the blackberries are the star here. The topping is a slightly crunchy nice contrast to the juicy fruit, and topped with cold creamy ice cream you have a combination of delicious flavors: crunchy, tart, sweet, cold, and creamy. Enjoy!
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Scant 1 ½ cups sugar*
4-5 cups blackberries and apples (peeled, cored, and chopped), or other fruit of your choice (enough to come 2" up the sides of the pan)
1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350F with the rack in the middle. Spray a 9-inch square baking pan (or other similar size) with non-stick spray.
Mix together the flour and sugar, then add in the butter and mix well with a fork until incorporated. It should hold together when you squeeze it.
Put the fruit in the prepared pan and sprinkle with a very light layer of sugar.* Take the dough by the handful and pat it into disks ¼ to ½-inch thick each. Lay them on top of the fruit, continuing with the patties, until all the fruit is covered. Bake the cobbler in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is light golden in color. Let cool slightly, then serve with lots of vanilla ice cream.
*Note: Try to use fruit that is in season where you live. If you are using fruit that is not as tart as blackberries and apples, you will probably want to decrease the amount of sugar drastically, and not sprinkle the fruit with a light layer of sugar before topping with the dough patties.