Quick Summer Fruit Cobbler

Summer means lots of things. Outdoor barbeques, beautiful flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass and my favorite, lots of fresh fruit choices.

There is nothing better than a slice of watermelon. Who cares if the juice drips down the side of your mouth- that’s part of summer isn’t it?

My Dad’s favorite summer fruit was cantaloupe. He used to slice one in two, scope out the seeds and then put vanilla ice cream in the hollowed out middle. Not for me, I like mine just like nature made it- pure and simple.

Summer months in my house growing up included canning vegetables and fruits. I used to love to do it with my Mother. I cannot tell you how many times I scalded my hands while coming too close to the boiling water bath or blistered my fingertips lifting the jars out of the bath when they were ready. Still, maybe it was the inner “Laura Ingalls Wilder” in me – but, I loved the canning season. My Mother and I used to giggle over every new “pop” from the jars as they cooled. Pops meant they had sealed properly!

Blackberries from the market

Blackberries from the market. Photo credit: Sammi Blake

I continued this tradition when my children were growing up canning green beans, tomatoes and fruit. Mostly I canned fruits like peaches, apples and homemade applesauce. I plan to get back into canning again- next summer. Home canned peaches and apples make the best pies, breads and cobblers!

Speaking of cobbler- I found the best ever recipe for a quick cobbler while living in Columbia, SC. many years ago. It came from our church cookbook (Spring Valley Presbyterian Church) and I still use it today. I hope you will try it. Let me know what you think!

List of ingredients

2 c. fresh fruit             1 c. plain flour
1/4 c. sugar                 1 c. sugar
1/2 stick butter         1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk

Optional:  Dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice
Note:  I use all organic ingredients.
Preheat Oven:  350 Degrees

Making the cobbler

Start by putting the butter into your baking dish and melt it in the oven.  I use a round 11/2 qt. casserole dish for my cobblers.

Combine fruit and 1/4 c. sugar.  Let stand at least 20 minutes.  Mix together flour, 1 c. sugar and baking powder.  Add the milk and stir briskly.  Lumps will remain.  Pour this mixture into the casserole dish of melted butter.  Top with fruit.  Do not stir.

Bake for 45 – 55 minutes until it is slightly brown with crispy edges.

Blackberry cobbler

Piping hot right from the oven. Photo credit: Sammi Blake

Now for the ice cream

All warm cobblers right out of the oven deserve a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  There’s nothing better than a spoonful of yummy cobbler with the ice cream slightly melting.  For leftovers (if there are any) simply reheat individual bowls of cobbler.  Don’t forget the ice cream!

Enjoy!

If I can sneak one more recipe in without Chef Ryan looking, I will share my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  All organic ingredients even.  And if I do say so myself, these cookies are the Bomb!  I made some last night.  Hope these pictures wet your appetite!

Organic chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. Photo credit: David Solganik

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie

Who took a bite? Photo credit: David Solganik

As for canning,  Chef Ryan has told me it can be my domain.  Look for some of my recipes and how to pointers next summer!

Happy eating!

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About Jamie Balzer

Jamie has worked in the field of interior decorating for over 10 years and has owned B&A Interiors, LLC for almost as long. Partnered with her daughter, Sammi Blake, Jamie has been honored to work in homes and businesses across the country. Knowledge and experience is but part of what she has to offer. As a young girl, Jamie intuitively understood that the placement of things, the color of things, and the arrangement of things evoke certain feelings. Working together with this knowledge, experience and intuition Jamie has answered the call to her life’s purpose- teaching the spiritual truth of what she believes- “Everything begins in the home”. As a branch of B&A Interiors, LLC, Living In Perfect Harmony emerged to teach her philosophy. Jamie believes, “if you live peacefully and beautifully at home, you are well, your family is well and that helps to make the world a better place”. Jamie's most passionate role is as a mother and grandmother. Jamie currently lives and works in the Chicago area but also continues her business in Charlotte, NC as both a decorator and a homespace coach. She is certified in Reiki Therapy which she believes broadens her success as a homespace coach. Jamie is available for private consultations, lectures and seminars.

3 thoughts on “Quick Summer Fruit Cobbler

  1. I remember the days of canning and thought it would never end. I loved to can but we would can enough veggies and fruit for 8 people to have for the winter. That was a lot of food. Our basement shelves were so full it looked like a grocery store. When mom was making dinner, she would send one of us down to get the fruit or vegetable for dinner. It really was pretty cool to shop in your own basement. We even made tomato ketchup and sauces, what great memories.

    • You are right, it was like having our own grocery store in the basement. We even took canned veggies and fruits with us to VA Tech. I can remember pulling out the canned tomatoes to make a winter stew for us all. Canning takes a lot of time but, the rewards are wonderful. I really plan to get back into doing some of it next summer. Getting back to the basics…

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