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Southern Cuisine: Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Updated on June 4, 2011

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Blackberries appear in several southern desserts. Blackberry cobbler is a tasty southern food that I grew up eating. I grew up in a suburban neighborhood, but there was a wooded area across the street that we referred to as simply “the woods.” Actually, I’m living in the same house I grew up in, and “the woods” remain largely unchanged. Only a small swath has been taken in by development. But I digress…

Anyway, in the summertime, my friends and I loved picking blackberries in the woods. I had a little metal pail I used to collect the fruits, one left over from some beach vacation, no doubt. Always, as I was scurrying out the back door in pursuit of berries, Mom would yell, “Watch out for snakes!”

Because of this constant warning, for years I was convinced that venomous serpents loved to eat blackberries and that they jealously guarded the brambles from would-be juvenile thieves such as my friends and I. I was probably 12 or so before I discovered that rattlesnakes and cottonmouths do not eat blackberries.

Mom always told me if I filled my pail, she’d make a blackberry cobbler. I set out each time to achieve that lofty goal, but as I started picking, the dark purple berries were usually too hard to resist. Most of them found their way to my mouth without ever reaching the pail. I would usually return home with the bottom of my receptacle barely covered in berries, my mouth and chin stained a dark tell-tale purple. Hope springs eternal, however, especially in the heart of a child.

“Is this enough for a cobbler?” I’d ask as I held the pail up for Mom’s inspection.

She would shake her head to indicate that no, I did not have a sufficient quantity for cobbler making. That was the typical scenario for most of my berry excursions. But then there were a few times, when the berries were especially thick and especially plump, that I did indeed fill the little pail. And for those times, my efforts were richly rewarded with a warm, gooey cobbler that smelled as good as it tasted!

Here’s the recipe. It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

What you’ll need:

2 cups of blackberries

1 cup + ¼ cup sugar

1 cup milk

1 cup self-rising flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 stick salted butter, melted

Wash berries and remove stems. Discard any under-ripe berries. Place the berries in a 2-quart buttered pyrex dish or other baking dish.

Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over berries and stir well.

Mix together the cup of sugar, the milk, the flour, and the vanilla. Pour the batter evenly over the berries.

Drizzle the butter on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until crust is golden brown.

Serve with vanilla ice cream.


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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Oooohhh, it's yummy, ocean!

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I may just have to try this one! Thanks for sharing :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      RM, that's great! So glad you liked it!

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      habee we did it! My brother used this recipe with peaches. He cooked frozen peaches on the stovetop with sugar first. It was fast, easy and yummy!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      You can use this recipe with canned peaches. If you use fresh peaches, I think you need to microwave them with some sugar for a few minutes to partially cook them. I've heard of people making a saltine crust, too, but I don't think I'd like it. Glad you dropped in!

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      habee, you're right, this sounds so easy! I used to have a similar recipe for peach cobbler but lost track of it. Great thing about HP. We can always go back and reprint, right? I'm gonna pretend this is my good old Southern family recipe! My grandma used to make blackberry cobbler using saltines for the crust! My dad loved it, but me, not so much.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Citrus, my grandpa used to make blackberry wine - it was wonderful!

      Hi, Pop. Hope you enjoy it!

      Lynne, if you make it, let me know how it turned out!

      Hi, Lor and Tam. I really appreciate your reading and commenting!

      You're welcome, Hussains!

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      Hussains 8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice hub. Black berries look so good and thanks for the recipe.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, HH. Thanks for reading!

      UG, my uncle was at Ft. Bragg forever! Glad you got a taste of Southern food. Thanks for reading!

      Mtsi, glad you stopped by!

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      Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

      yay 100 score! I will bookmark this one for future use for sure.

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      Laurel Rogers 8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Blackberries are the best, habee-here's another of your fabulous recipes to bookmark-oyyy!!!!

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      lynnechandler 8 years ago

      My grammie made the best blackberry cobbler. We lost the recipe as she never wrote it down. Will have to try yours Holle and see how it fairs. Thanks for sharing.

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Sounds like something easy and delicious. Once again, thanks..

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      Citrus000 8 years ago

      Blackberries...Yum! Recipe sounds great. My yard is surrounded with blackberries and I have been considering making wine next year with them, but the cobbler may be a good idea also. :-)

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      mtsi1098 8 years ago

      the blackberries look great and the snakes I can do without...thanks for the food for thought :)

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      Unchained Grace 8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Habee, I caught this in my inbox and hadda check it out. I now have a new mission. Baltimore, MD does not have blackberries growing wild, but the stores will hook you up, so I'm gonna use your recipe and have some fun! When I was stationed at Ft. Benning and then Ft. Bragg, I had the opportunity for the first time to check out real southern cuisine. Got me hooked, big time. So I'll be following your Hubs in this area very closely. My wife is originally from Florida, so I get the benefits in that area all the time.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      That sounds great and thank you for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      I didn't know blackberry bushes got tall enough to park under! They don't here. Thanks for reading!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Where I lived when I was a kid, there were rows of these trees as far as the eye could see. One of the worst things you could do is to park underneath a blackberry tree!

      This sounds really awesome, habee, thank you!