Sunday, April 4, 2010

Playing With My Food - Berrily We Roll Along...

(Originally posted on Feb. 7, 2010)
I've been craving blueberry cobbler like my mother used to make. I've tried a couple recipes recently that just didn't meet the standard. Mom's cobbler was like a layered pie - crust, fruit, crust fruit, crust. The crust was like a flakey pie crust. The juice from the fruit would soak into it somewhat, and it was just awesome.

Most cobblers that have crusts (not crumbles or streusel) have a cakey dough, which isn't what I want, or they are simply just a pie, with a top and bottom crust.

So, I came across some information where a different approach was used to make cobbler, by rolling the fruit in a dough. Interesting... Also not like my mother's, but intriguing...

I played with the idea, and here is what I came up with.

Rolled Fruit Cobbler

1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. shortening
1/3 c. milk
3 c. fruit, seperated
If using apples or peaches, 2 tsp cinnamon
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt butter in 13 x 9 inch pan.
3. Heat sugar and water in saucepan until sugar is melted.
4. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Cut shortening into flour until fine texture.
6. Add milk and stir lightly with a fork. Do not overmix. The dough should be light in texture.
7. Roll out on floured board to 1/4 inch rectangle. If a silicon sheet is available, roll on the silicon or waxed paper, to make rolling easier.

8. If using peaches or apples, toss sliced fruit with cinnamon, in a seperate bowl.
9. Spread 2 cups fruit on top of dough.

10. Roll up from long side like a jelly roll.

(Some fruit will escape when you roll. It'll be okay, DON'T PANIC.)

11. Slice the roll into 1/2 inch slices and place side-by-side in the baking pan, on top of melted butter.

12. Disperse the remaining 1 cup fruit over the rolls.
13. Pour sugar-water over top.

14. Bake 75 minutes, at 350 F, or until golden brown and 'set'.

It worked really well. I hope the photo diary of the steps involved helps. If you are in the mood for some cobbler, give this one a try. (By the way, it IS a sweet cobbler.) I hope you like it!

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