I am an absolute sucker for cobblers! For that matter, any baked fruit dessert with dough, especially in the summertime. For example: not only cobblers, but buckles, slumps, crisps, dumplings, betties, crumbles, clafoutis… they all ring my bells! I will tell you one of my favorite ways to make them: grill them!
It’s so much fun during a barbecue, to have the dessert all ready to bake, in a foil disposable pan, and put it right on the grill to cook while you eat dinner! The aroma of fruit and batter baking on the grill is something everyone should experience!
I work as a personal chef in Wilmette for a very busy family. These days, they are all at home, and the dad has really been fine-honing his grilling techniques. He bought a Big Green Egg smoker, and is really making some great meat dishes with it! I’ve been filling in with the side dishes, desserts, garlic breads, elote corn on the cob; all kinds of vibrant fun salads to compliment his wonderful smoked ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, etc.!
It makes my job as a personal chef even more fun, to be able to help him with his efforts! The mom was sick of cooking, and he’s having a blast. He has no desire to make the whole meal, however! That’s where I come in! It’s a perfect arrangement and everybody in the family is happy! Here is my blueberry cobbler recipe. I adapted it from a recipe I found on epicurious 20 years ago. The astounding amount of butter is what makes it crispy around the edges, and decadent. If you’re looking for healthy light cobbler, there are millions of recipes out there. This is different; it’s an occasional indulgence that you shouldn’t deny yourself! Everybody loves this. Enjoy!
(adapted from an epicurious recipe)
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/3 cup whole milk
4 cups blueberries (2 11 oz. containers)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a 13×9 baking dish melt butter. In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and sugar until combined. Add milk and whisk batter until it is just combined. Pour batter into melted butter; do not stir it! Pour the blueerries into center of batter; do not stir. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until cake portion is golden and berries are bubbly.
- Serve warm with good vanilla ice cream. (The best vanilla ice creams in my opinion are Graeters, Talenti, Trader Joe’s and Kirkland. Whipped cream would also be great!)