Well, my friends, I am less than happy to say that summer is officially here. I’ve never been a fan of hot weather. This year, though, I’m going to try to think of every day of this heat as one day closer to fall.
On a happier note, there are two things I like about summer. I do like having more daylight hours. I somehow feel like I have more time to get things done. Best of all, though, is all the fruit available from the local markets. I admit that I get a little giddy when I start seeing the first fresh berries of the season.
This cobbler celebrates one of the best parts of a summer with a combination of berries. I really like the addition of vanilla to the topping. It supplies just a little extra flavor to complement all that berry goodness. If you’re an ice cream fan, this is just the kind of dessert that begs for a little dollop on top.
I used a combination of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Choose a few of your favorite berries, or just stick to one. You never have to make this dessert the same way twice!
- 3 cups assorted berries
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375°. Grease a 9”x 6” rectangular or 8” round baking dish.
Place berries in prepared pan. Drizzle with lemon juice.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until well-blended. Mix in dry ingredients until mixture resembles crumbs. Drop dough evenly on top of berries.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned and fruit is bubbly.
If you use any larger berries, such as strawberries, I recommend chopping them to blueberry-sized pieces.
For feeding a crowd, this recipe is easily doubled to be made in a 9”x 13” dish.