Tuesday, July 22, 2008

TWD: Strawberry-Blueberry Cobbler

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I wanted so badly to make a cherry rhubarb cobbler because I've never eaten rhubarb before and because cherry + rhubarb sounded like a nice combination. Somehow, I never made it to the supermarket to pick up a bag of frozen rhubarb. Without the rhubarb, it just didn't feel worth it to pit a pound of cherries! Instead, I used a half a box of strawberries that were a little too ripe to be eaten, but would make a delicious filling and tossed in some blueberries so that there would be more filling.

Usually, I make my TWD recipes during the weekend, but it got so busy with birthday parties and work. To make clean up a lot faster and more convenient, I just rubbed the butter into the flour with my fingers and mixed the rest of the dough by hand. Somehow, I forgot about the whole wheat flour and added all purpose twice. I was afraid that the biscuit would be done before the fruit so I popped the filling in the oven first for 25 minutes as I prepared the dough (a trick I learned from Cook's Illustrated). Good thing the filling was precooked or the biscuit would have been way overdone... although that may not have been a bad thing as the filling made it a little soggy.

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I didn't have a deep dish for baking and had to settle with my 8x1.5 inch cake pan. Thankfully the biscuit tasted so good because it was overtowering on top just a couple berries. This was the first time I've had cobbler, but I knew it wouldn't be the dessert for me. Sogginess has always been something that turns me away.. I can't even use mayo in my sandwiches because of the sogginess factor. I actually had to eat this hot before the juices soaked into the biscuit.

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Thanks to Amanda of Like Sprinkles on a Cupcake for choosing this recipe, which can be found on her site and in Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From my Home to Yours. Don't forget to checkout the TWD Blogroll!

29 comments:

  1. You know, I just ordered Dorie's baking cookbook so I am excited to see all these lovely recipes you have been making. This looks divine! My husband would definitely love this.

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  2. Strawberry-Blueberry makes a wonderful combo. The color you got with that looks amazing. I've read that Cooks tip too, I think its a great way to make sure the biscuits are done right. Yours look nice and brown crusty :)

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  3. Congrats on your first cobbler.
    I like the juices, they are nice with ice cream.

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  4. That was such a good idea to bake the filling for a few minutes. One of my little peach cobblers was a tad on the firm side and it would have benefitted from that great tip. Your cobbler looks perfect-so further evidence that the tip is a keeper.

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  5. Great pictures. Im glad it turned out so good for you!

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  6. I love the strawberry, blueberry combo! That looks delicious! I'm not a fan of soggy desserts as well! haha! And I love that Cook's tip- I could have used that yesterday as I didn't cook mine as long because I was making a single serving, but the fruit might have benefitted from a bit more time in the oven!

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  7. Despite not having rhubarb, I'd say that your cobbler is still divine!! Can't go wrong with blueberries :0)

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  8. It looks perfect! I love the color. Nice job!

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  9. Congratulations on your first cobbler, and thanks so much for the Cook's Illustrated tip!

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  10. this doesn't look like a "first-timers" cobbler - it looks great!!

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  11. Love the strawberry and blueberry combo. Nice job!

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  12. Your cobbler looks really good and your pictures are so nice and clear. I bet the strawberry/blueberry combo was wonderful!

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  13. I went with the by-hand method for the biscuit portion too - no need to dirty more bowls! The cobbler looks delicious!

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  14. That's a beautiful cobbler! It may not be your favorite dessert, but now you know how to whip up a great one for a friend or relative!

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  15. i love that first photo! the topping was actually very good w/the whole wheat flour - you should try it w/that next time. i had no problems with soggyness, but maybe that was b/c i made individual servings?

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  16. That looks great Steph!
    I have a silly question: what's the difference between a crumble and a cobbler?

    You know I tried to order a couple of cookbooks, including Dorie's, from Amazon but they don't deliver those particular books to Malaysia. I have no idea why, but I'm pissed.

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  17. Looks so delicious! Strawberry & blueberries sound so good...I might just have to try this again :)

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  18. Strawberry and blueberry cobbler sounds yummy! Too bad you thought it was too soggy.

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  20. Eating the cobbler hot is the way to go, isn't it? Yours looks so yummy! And it was smart to use the foil...I had to soak my ramekins all night!

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  21. Mmmm blueberry and strawberry! I bet that was yummy! Great job!
    Clara @ iheartfood4thought

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  22. WOW...that topping looks so moist and fluffy. I will have to try and make it with just regular flour. I think it will really disappear then.

    Your photos look great and thank you for the tip on cooking up the filling a bit first.

    I look forward to your post next week!

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  23. Your photos look gorgeous... the purple juice looks so good soaking into the topping. Even though you don't like the soggy texture, at least it's pleasing to the eye. Small consolation I guess.

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  24. Well, your cobbler definitely scores points in the looks department. Wow, love the purple filling and the creamy white topping... prettier than the original recipe, I think.

    Sorry you weren't crazy about it. Way to be a trooper.

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  25. I'm sorry that "soggy" doesn't work better for you; it looks GREAT from here.

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  27. Your cobbler looks delicious, and I like your fruit substitutions!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

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  28. That looks good! Strawberries and blueberries are my two favorite berries and using them together sounds great.

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