Strawberry-Blueberry Cobbler with Pecans & Cinnamon
Because not all berries are perectly ripe and sweet, the fruit filling recipe calls for a range of granulated sugar. Start by tossing your berries with a 1/2 cup of sugar, then add more to taste.
Serves eight to ten.
Yields one 9x13-inch cobbler.
For the dough:
7-1/2 oz. (1-2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar or packed light brown sugar
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. table salt
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup cold sour cream
For the filling:
4 cups hulled ripe strawberries, well rinsed and drained (small berries left whole, medium ones halved, and large ones quarted)
4 cups ripe blueberries, well rinsed and drained
1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
Pinch table salt
2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 Tbs. granulated, turbinado, or demerara sugar (optional)
Make the dough:
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.
In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pulse briefly to blend the ingredients. Add the butter pieces and pulse until they are the size of small peas, 5 to 7 one-second pulses.
Dump the mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the pecans and cinnamon and stir until evenly dispersed. Add the sour cream. Using a rubber spatula, gently smear the ingredients together until the flour is evenly moistened and the dough begins to form large, soft, moist clumps. Bring the dough together into an 8-inch-long log. Divide the log into 10 roughly equal round pieces. Refrigerate the pieces in the bowl while preparing the fruit.
Make the filling:
Put the berries into a large bowl. Toss with the granulated sugar, flour, and salt. Add the ginger and vanilla and toss gently.
Assemble & bake the cobbler:
Pile the fruit into a 9x13-inch Pyrex (or similar) baking dish, scraping in any remaining juices or sugar from the bowl, and spread evenly. Remove the pieces of the dough from the refrigerator and arrange them randomly on top of the filling, leaving spaces between the pieces. Don't be tempted to flatten the dough—the large pieces are important for proper and even baking of the filling and topping. If desired, sprinkle a little granulated, turbinado, or demerara sugar evenly over the cobbler.
Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is browned, 50 to 60 minutes. Let sit about 20 minutes to allow the juices to settle. You can serve this cobbler hot or warm (it will stay warm at room temperature for 1 to 1-1/2 hours). Serve with lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if you like.
Make Ahead Tips
You can prepare the dough up to 8 hours ahead; simply cover the bowl with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to proceed with the recipe.
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 86
, pp. 60-63
May 30, 2008