Monday, March 14, 2011

Berry Cobbler

We lived in Central Florida—just down the road from Plant City, home of the Strawberry Festival—during part of my childhood. So when ripe Florida strawberries start hitting the grocery stores in mid-February, I know that spring is on the way. Today at the store, I found beautiful strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries and decided to make a cobbler. To balance the sweetness of the berries, I added a little balsamic vinegar and lemon zest. You don’t taste either—they just enhance the flavor of the berries. Enjoy!

Berry Cobbler
1 qt. strawberries, cut into quarters
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
2 to 4 Tbsp. (adjust this amount depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

1. Combine strawberries and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Allow to set for 30 minutes. Pour fruit mixture into a lightly greased baking dish.
2. Combine oatmeal and next 3 ingredients. Sprinkle oatmeal mixture over top of fruit mixture. Place baking dish on a baking sheet in case fruit mixture bubbles over.
3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until done. (Andy recommends serving the cobbler with ice cream.)

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