For as far back as I can remember, every few weeks – there has been a fresh blackberry cobbler in my life 🙂 When we lived on the farm in Missouri – blackberries grew wild on our property and oh my were they good! Huge plump sweet purple nuggets of Heaven I tell ya! My Mom made cobblers (of all kinds) in an old 9 x 13 aluminum pan – I think she preferred cobblers for the same reason I do – they don’t have to be pretty – they just have to be good. It doesn’t matter what you put in them or what you use as a vessel really, just as long as it bakes up golden and the fruit is sweet. So, along those lines of thinking – I decided to try one in my Nana’s old iron skillet! PERFECT! Nothing looks more wholesome or old-fashioned as it does when pulled out of the oven in a piping hot black iron skillet… including blackberry cobbler.
I have tweaked the recipe just a tad – where the crust is concerned – so that busy folks like us can enjoy a cobbler more often and without the mess and fuss. I hope you enjoy it too! Be sure to let me know how yours turns out!
- 5-6 cups ripe, washed blackberries (fresh is best but the frozen ones aren’t bad)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup half & half – or cream – whichever you prefer
- 1 package (2 crusts) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts
Mix the berries, 1/2 & 1/2, and sugar in a large mixing bowl – let sit. I used an 11″ deep iron skillet – but a 9 x 9 baking dish works just as good. Press one crust on the bottom of your skillet/dish forming around the shape of the bottom. Pour berries into skillet/dish on top of crust. Lay top crust on berries and form to the edges. Cut vents in the top crust. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes – until crust is golden brown and the cobbler is bubbling.
Cobblers are best served after they have had a chance to cool off from SUPER HOT to JUST WARM – it gives the juices time to thicken a bit… but by all means – if you can’t wait – throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and go for it!!
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