Berry Big Hit! (Berry Corny Title)

Why I love hosting people!

As I sit here listening to the coyotes howl out the window (it’s a breezy 67 degrees here in the Lone Star State- also don’t forget I live in a Laura Ingalls novel- no AC), I remembered I mentioned in my Spring Cravings post about how we were going to be having my boyfriend’s father and girlfriend over for dinner and I would be reviewing a cobbler recipe I had found on Pinterest.

But First:

  • I love spending quality time with people: Inviting people into your home is an intimate thing and I love getting to spend quality time with friends- enjoying good conversation etc.
  • I love cooking for people (mostly because I like cooking things that I can’t help but inhale if alone, but because company is present I get to be the generous (also selfish) host and send them home with the extra calories (NOT keep them near me). With this being said, if you ever are honored enough to be hosted by yours truly, you can basically guarantee that you won’t be skipping on dessert.
  • I love trying new things from Pinterest. I have approximately 1 billion recipes and other “cutesy” ideas pinned on Pinterest and 0 parties planned in which to try them out.

On to  berry cobbler…and why I love it

I love cobbler because it has sort of a freshness to it that I can’t explain. It was honestly the perfect spring dessert for our little burger night (and with a big ole scoop of ice cream on top….it’s like the angels begin singing). I also love cobbler because you can change the fruit and it changes the whole dessert which is nice depending on if you know what your guests prefer (or what you are feelin’ that night- I personally have never met a cobbler I didn’t like). On this particular day, I was feelin’ a berry cobbler and it seemed simple enough (hold on: have I mentioned I haven’t actually ever MADE a cobbler from scratch before?) Let me give you a spoiler alert, it turned out pretty great.

How to pick the right recipe?!

Now, I searched for a good berry cobbler recipe and I found this one on Pinterest from The Stay At Home Chef (an awesome blog with tons of recipes and videos). Check out where I got my Berry Cobbler recipe here. Now it is called an Old Fashioned Berry cobbler recipe, I am not quite sure how that differs from a modern day berry cobbler but it was still dang good and simple to make (Hood likes keepin in real simple). I’m not going to give you a step by step detail on how I made it. I am simply making the recipes I find appealing and let you know how they turn out. I did take pictures because everyone loves pictures. Basically, I pick recipes that look yummy and like what I’m looking for. Always look at the ingredients and level of difficulty before just diving in there.

 

On the to the ACTUAL experience

The recipe calls for 3 lbs of berries…..I didn’t weigh them (oops). Do people do that? Instead, I decided to put large container of blackberries, one container of blueberries, one container of raspberries, and one package of strawberries.  I mean, I wasn’t prepared to weigh berries (which also means I didn’t pre-read the recipe as you should always do!)

Berries

yummmmm

so fresh… so clean…

The berry mixture was simple and quick, just add lemon, lemon zest, cornstarch, vanilla, and sugar. I will say that this part is something I would add to. Truth of the matter is that berries can be TART and I love tart but not everyone does and I didn’t get my education in professional berry picking so I will add a tad more sugar next time I use this recipe. If you are a professional berry picker than feel free to keep using the amount of sugar the recipe calls for.

Crustiness! 


Crust is a big deal 

I really liked the crust! Our guests said it had a “cake-like” consistency. Honestly, when I first tasted it, it reminded me of a really sweet biscuit-like texture. Usually I always picture the thinner crust with cobbler and that is kind of what I prefer (keepin’ it real). It was GOOD, don’t get me wrong, this is just a preferential thing. Also, please remember that I haven’t actually ever made a cobbler from scratch. It could have been a botched crust and I would have never been the wiser.

When the crust was finished I added “sugar in the raw”. Then, I put it back in the oven for a bit (just to add the sweet crunch on top). Also, this recipe says to bake in a pre-heated oven for an hour.  I put it in for 50 minutes (our oven is hella hot). Then I took it out with 25 minutes to spare and it was done. The crust was brown on top.

TIPS :

  • Check it about half way through to make sure it is going as planned!
  • When guests are involved, you can’t serve burnt cobbler homie.

I also want to add that I always make a side “tester”.  If my dessert tastes like dog poo I would prefer to be the first to know and have time to ditch it and go with something else. However, if time doesn’t permit just ditch it and pretend I had a cobbler scented candle on before guests arrived- SIKE!

OOPS 

Oddly enough, I don’t have an after picture. The cobbler got inhaled by our guests and I before I came back to reality. I planted my face into the middle of that cobbler and bloomed like a rare rose.

Overall Thoughts:

I highly recommend this recipe with the tips I have added. Go visit the Stay at Home Chef for more awesome recipes!

Berry good! (Have I overused my puns yet?)

OK, I have one more: “What did the berry say to the Hood? “Cobble me up!!” (Alex #putaringonit said it wasn’t that funny but I happen to think I am very funny)

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  • Miss Mental April 3, 2018 at 6:10 am Reply

    This looks yum! I enjoy cooking for guests aswell, It’s so nice to try out new recipes and see people enjoy it!

    • Hillary April 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm Reply

      I know right? Sometimes I like a recipe but I want to know what others think and I will do that sometimes. Some people are hard to cook for though!!

  • Dixey April 3, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Looks like a good cobbler ! I’ll have to try that one. Thanks sweetie

    • Hillary April 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm Reply

      So good and so easy! That blog has great recipes too!

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