Home baker for many years now as well as cooking homemade food from scratch.
Information for the home cook or baker!
Having a quick dessert to make after dinner is always a must. Most of the time dessert takes such a long time it becomes an afterthought. This means you run out of time and end up having dinner and pre-made cookies like Oreos. Sure they are delicious and a fan favorite but you want variety in your sweet treats. Mothers who either work from home or stay at home have the worst time with this. Usually, there are a million and one things to get done during the day. This leaves very little time to create a meal and dessert plan. So, I have a recipe that can fit into your meal plan and give the whole family something new to enjoy after dinner. Mixed berry cobbler with fresh, canned, or frozen blackberries and strawberries.
Before we get to the main recipe and all the needed items. I would like to first give some background information on cooking, and baking. Cooking gives you a lot of freedom in the amounts of flavors and spices you can use. Baking requires precision and perfect measurements otherwise it does not end well. Baking is where you cook with dry heat such as in an oven. A few examples would be cakes, muffins, pies, and brownies. Cooking can happen on a wide variety of implements such as grills, stoves, open fires, and more. Some examples of this would be chili, steaks, pasta, and campfire shrimp and veggies. So if you are more used to cooking it may take a bit to ease into bake or the reverse.
I am a home baker myself, not a professional cook. So the recipe tips and tricks I offer come from personal experiences. Now if you have picky eaters who only like certain fruits this is a perfect recipe. You can always replace any of the fruits with those of your choice. Say you have someone allergic to strawberries swap them for blueberries. I mentioned earlier that you can use fresh fruits in the cobbler if you can get them at low pricing. For those who can not afford fresh fruits but still want the actual fruit, you can always pick up a bag of frozen fruit. But if both of those options are out of your budget you can always fall back on canned fruits as well. This way anyone can make this recipe and have something sweet to eat!
Most of the ingredients for this dish you can buy at a local grocery store. The total number of ingredients in this recipe is nine in total. I mention this due to the lovely budget-happy moms out there. Not everyone can make it to a high-dollar grocery list to get everything fresh. We may want to, but, this is not possible in the economy at this current time. Now to get started with this recipe, you want to make sure that your kitchen is nice and clean. Having a clean workspace makes for quick and easy prep work in the kitchen. If you have helpers in the kitchen make sure everything is safe for all ages. We don't want any injuries in the kitchen as this is to be a fun experience.
With the cleaning out of the way, we can start getting down to business. You will want to start collecting ingredients and utensils. Luckily it's a small list of dishes that are perfect for a quick clean-up after dinner and dessert. Now let's get down to the utensils list first before going further.
List of Ingredients
- 2 cups blackberries, whole
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped
- 4 tablespoons water, your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla / almond extract, your choice of vanilla or almond
- non-stick oil baking spray or olive oil, wipe down the pan first
- 1/2 cup self-rising all-purpose flour, exact amounts
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, add flavor
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, adds flavor
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, helps with cooking
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- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
- Measure the blackberries.
- Measure and chop strawberries.
- Grease the baking dish of your choice.
- Place the measured-out berries into the freshly greased pan.
- Pour in the 4 tablespoons of water and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract.
- In the large mixing bowl mix; together 1/2 cup self-rising all-purpose flour, 4 TBSP brown sugar, 1/2 TSP of cinnamon, 1/2 TSP salt, and 2 TBSP melted butter.
- Use your fingers to make this mixture into a crumble by pinching it with your fingers.
- Evenly spread the mixture over the berries in the baking dish of choice.
- Place the cobbler in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.
- Take the cobbler out and set it out to cool for 5 minutes.
I have tried this recipe myself multiple times and have had some errors. Those were my fault for not following the directions, of course. But once I followed them, I had a delicious berry cobbler that smelled divine and just filled me with happiness. I have also used all of the tips I wrote above myself. But most of them are just common sense. Just remember, I have been where you are as a new cook as well. So, I understand all of the possible struggles when it comes to baking correctly. Once, you have a good baking experience, you will want to keep going for more. Enjoy baking this recipe!
- Always have adult supervision while in the kitchen if you are a child.
- Never leave your pan ungreased or food will stick.
- If you are texture sensitive, use a pair of gloves to help smooth the process.
- Make sure if using a glass pan that there or no breaks or cracks.
- Be sure to always pre-heat the oven before cooking.
- Wash your hands before, during, and after the steps while cooking to keep them sanitary.
- When mixing ingredients, always: separate the dry from the wet until they need to mix.
- Never try raw food except for the berries or you may get sick.
- Always be careful measuring the ingredients and mixing them to avoid a mess.
- Try to clean up as you go to save yourself some time.
- Never leave the house when you have the oven turned on and cooking.
- Always check what you are baking to make sure it's cooking correctly.
- A tried and true method to check how done cakes and other baked goods are is to poke a toothpick into them. This is to see if there is any liquid.
- Always use pot holders when handling hot pans and dishes in the kitchen.
- If you rinse the dishes out as you go, you can wash them later with less hassle.
- If you have allergies: look up substitutes to replace the ingredient.
I imagine you all are interested in other quick, easy, and tasty foods. In that case, keep stopping by. I have more baking and cooking recipes if you like multiple styles, cuisines, and spices. Then, you have come to the right place. I will be covering a wide variety of recipes over the next several blog posts. So if you need a dessert, just scroll through the different choices that will become available. Now for actual dinner or lunch dishes, those will be coming soon, so just keep an eye out for those recipes. Make sure to follow all of the instructions for any of the baking recipes so you have a great sweet treat.
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