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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Berries - blackberry cobbler and strawberry crepes

Berries, Berries, Berries!

My husband thinks I'm crazy because I LOVE our sticker bushes!  Come Summer, he wants to spray them all back...and he's done this and he now knows not to do this!!  Our front yard is just under an acre and the whole length of it lines with an empty lot of sticker bushes (and bunnies, mice, and all kinds of critters...).  Which is awsome come August, and I have a whole bunch of blackberries to pick! And my kids love picking them with me! I love having my freezer full of blackberries for all year long.   I love berries to make muffins, cobblers, and we all love them on greek yogurt!

I have two different cobbler recipes that I love to make...

This one is from The Pioneer Woman.  It is more like a blackberry cake, but it is super easy to make!!


1 stick butter, melted
1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1 cup self-rising flour  (or regular flour and add baking powder)
1 cup milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a baking dish with butter.
Whisk 1 cup sugar with 1 cup milk and 1 cup flour, then add the melted butter. 
Rinse berries and pat to dry. 
Pour batter into the baking dish.  Sprinkle berries on top.  (I like to mash some of the berries and swirl it into the batter.)
Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar all over the top of the berries and batter.
Bake for 45min to 1 hour.  During the last 10 minutes of baking sprinkle the last 2 Tbsp of sugar on top.


I don't actually measure anything in this it was actually kinda nice to write it down, taste it, and make sure it was the right amounts!!

First I make a strawberry sauce:
Wash and cut up about 2 cups strawberries and put in saucepan.
Add 1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 Tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup sugar (you can substitute splenda too)
Stir then bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 8 minutes. Then mash up the berries.

If you like you go!

Next I make batter for the crepes:

1 cup flour
2 eggs

Then add:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter

To make crepes:  Pour about 1/4-1/2 cup mixure onto pan.  I smooth/thin them out with a spoon.
Cook about 2 minutes...flipping to cook each side.

Then for the yummy mixture inside:
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Place crepe on plate, smother with some of the cottage cheese mixture, add the strawberry sauce...
 Fold the crepe and sprinkle with powdered sugar and add more sliced berries!


This is one of my 9-year-old, Andrew's, favorite things I make.  When I was trying to get him out of bed for school the other day, I told him I was going to make crepes for dinner.  In his sleepyness, his eyes still closed, he says "YAY!"  I hope he always says this to me!  I love it!

1 cup flour
 1/2 cups white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tbsp cold butter
1/4 cup boiling water

then for the berries.....

2 Tbsp corn starch
1/4 cup cold water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
4 cups berries (I like to combine blackberries
and blueberries)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dissolve cornstarch in cold water, then mix with the berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a pan.  Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. 

In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  then cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Pour in the boiling water until mixture is moist.

Pour berry mixture into a 9x13 baking pan or large skillet.  Drop dough by spoonfuls over the top of the berries.

Place pan onto a foil covered baking sheet then place in oven and bake about 25 minutes until dough is slightly brown.

Delicious with homemade ice cream!!!!!!!!

My kids have so much fun making homemade ice cream.  My husband and I got this ice cream maker 16 years ago as a wedding gift....we still love it! 

Waiting!!  It takes so long, but so worth it!!  :)


                                 Also delicious with fresh peaches!!

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