This is from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc cookbook, a great cookbook for anybody, especially beginners. As usual with his cookbooks it is a really good idea to simply read the book. There are a lot of things to learn even if you never cook a single recipe. Michael Ruhlman actually wrote it, so the writing is really good.
Here's his Blueberry cobbler:
For the Topping:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder (Clabber Girl, Calumet)
1/2 tsp baking soda (Arm & Hammer)
6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temp (take it out of the fridge 45 min before you need it)
3/4 C sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 C buttermilk
For the Filling:
4 pints (8 cups) of blueberries … this could be any fresh berry or sliced peaches, apples, figs, plums. Anything you would put in a fruit pie. If the berries are in season, they should be cheap. If not use something else.
1/4 C sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp grated lemon zest (go to the grocery store and buy a "zester/Microplane grater" (amazon $12) or use a vegetable peeler and peel off the zest, then chop it very, very fine.
For the Cinnamon Sugar:
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350
For the Topping:
Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat with a paddle attachment till light and creamy. Scrape the sides down and beat in the eggs one at a time. Then add the flour mixture in 3 batches while adding half the buttermilk after each batch. Scrape down the sides and mix again till all ingredients are combined.
For the filling:
Put the berries in a large bowl and toss with the sugar, flour, zest. Then spread the berry mixture in an 11 inch or 9 by 13 inch baking dish/pan.
Spoon mounds of the batter over the berries leaving space between the mounds (in an 11 inch square pan you would have 3 rows of 3 mounds).
Combine the "Cinnamon sugar" and sprinkle over the top.
Bake for about 40 min, or until the juices are bubbling and the topping is golden brown and cooked through. If the top becomes too brown before the berries are cooked, lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top..
Let Cobbler stand for at least 10 min before serving. It will be very hot!!!
Really easy, really good, really cheap, really healthy.. and my biggest rule for any dessert = it's great for breakfast. Put some of this in a bowl, pour a little cream on top and you've got breakfast for kings..
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