I used to have a wonderful recipe for a cobbler topping, but I have lost it. Consequently I have had to wing it and make up my own recipe. I really hate starting over on something that was just right. Really hate it. Such a waste of time.
oooooo, that was a negative way to start out a post. Sorry.
So, let’s start over. I have come up with a GREAT cobbler topping that will work well on whatever cobbler you are making. The topping is a thick batter that is spooned onto whatever berries you have on hand. A long ago friend introduced me to a similar cobbler and I loved it.
Often cobblers are made with a soft, cake-style crust, which is good, but I’ve never been overly fond of the soft texture. For my personal taste and mouth appeal, I like a more substantial crust; something with a bit of crisp or crunch on the outside and a softer, biscuit type texture on the inside.
And speaking of crisp or crunch, this is a good time to talk about the difference between a cobbler and a crisp. Cobblers are made with a soft dough or batter topping and the topping is generally applied in such a way so as to give a ‘cobbled’ effect on top when baked. Sometimes the dough or batter is applied to the bottom of the pan with the fruit on top. As the cobbler bakes, the batter rises up through the fruit. Sometimes the dough or batter is applied to the top of the fruit, then baked and the juicy fruit filling makes its way up through the topping in places.
Crisps, on the other hand, are made with toppings that brown nicely and give a sweet, crunchy contrast to the soft fruit. Generally the ingredients include oatmeal, brown sugar, and butter. I won’t lie–crisps are my hands down favorite, especially when it comes to apples. I’m a crunchy, crispy kind of girl. Bet that paints an interesting picture for you.
Perhaps because I prefer those textures, I like this cobbler recipe above the more traditional batter-style, soft cobblers. Berries are among my very favorite fruits, particularly blackberries and blueberries. This cobbler can be made with a single type of berry or with a mixture of different types of berries, as I have done here. The cobbler topping also works quite well with peaches, so give it a try as well.
As if the cobbler in and of itself is not enough, I also added a Berry Cream Sauce to put over it. Decadence. Sheer decadence. Sorry, I just had to do it. I mean, I had some extra berries and a little cream that I couldn’t let go to waste, so I put them together because nature likes odd numbers. 1) Berries; 2) Topping; 3) Berry Cream Sauce–See? An odd number so nature is happy.
If you are not in the mood to go all the way with the berry cream sauce, then vanilla ice cream or sweetened whip cream are also good options to have with warm cobblers. Congratulations, you have choices!