This easy blackberry cobbler recipe is full of plump berries and sweet dumplings that simmer along with a red wine blend until they come together in a thick, sweet compote. The red wine blend enhances the flavor of the berries and brings out bright flavors that keeps this classic southern dessert from being too sweet. Just add a buttery lattice top and bake to sweet perfection!
For this recipe you'll need: flour, sugar, salt, butter, vanilla, ice water, fresh blackberries, merlot or a red blend wine
Southern Blackberry Cobbler Is a Bite of Summer
Say blackberry cobbler and you'll stir up some sweet summer memories for many of us. Actually, here in Texas blackberry season is more of a late spring thing but since it's usually 90 degrees in April I suppose you could call it summer, right?
Cobbler recipes are one of those things that families in the south will go to war over. I am almost positive the whole Hatfield and McCoy feud was ignited by a vicious cobbler disagreement.
- One crust or two?
- Pie crust or biscuit crust...or crumble crust?
- Dumplings IN the filling or no?
- Shortening or butter?
Oh honey, it gets intense!
To my mind a cobbler has one flaky pie crust made with butter AND a few squares of pie crust need to be tossed in the filling as it's simmering. The dumplings help thicken it AND they make that quintessential southern recipe stretch to feed a crowd.
While the dumplings are simmering they absorb some of the flavors of the blackberries and, in this case, wine. The texture gets a little doughy and a little chewy. It's so dang good.
But Is THIS Cobbler Recipe Springtime Light and Healthy?
Well, define light and healthy.
In this part of the country, where we deep fry butter and chicken-fry bacon, I'd say that this extravagantly luscious blackberry cobbler is a light and healthy dessert.
You see, normally I'll add a little citrus to my blackberry filling for pies and cobblers. It balances the sweet and brings out all of the flavor. This time I decided to use the wine instead of the citrus and I promise you I won't make it any other way ever again!
The dark fruit flavors in the wine enhance the blackberries and do all the work of the citrus I was using while adding an entirely new level of flavor. Next time I'm going to reduce the water and increase the wine a bit.
Blackberry Cobbler Hints, Tips, and Tricks
This is an easy recipe but there are a few little tricks to make it easier, better, or just different. Sometimes this section is called Cook's Notes.
- Some people abhor pie crust on a cobbler. If you are one of them you can make this with your favorite biscuit crust and roll a bit of it real thin for the dumplings.
- If you are in a hurry use bought pie dough from the grocery store. If you don't tell I won't.
- You can use frozen blackberries as well - in a pinch you can use canned pie filling.
- Make sure the pastry is icy cold before you try to use it. When I made this I was stopping every few minutes to take pictures and the pastry got warm so it was very hard to work with.
- If you want a really pretty lattice you need to get one of the ruffly edged cutters.
- You could make this same recipe with peaches and chardonnay.
- This freezes well, baked or unbaked. Nice to have on hand for unexpected company!
- Brush some melted butter over the top of the pastry and sprinkle with sugar before baking. It gives it a delicately crumbly sugar layer that's yum.
- Some people like it warm with ice cream or whipped cream. I personally like it with plain cream poured over the top.
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Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler Recipe
Y'all. This blackberry cobbler recipe is seriously good stuff. I had a friend that was driving down to College Station where #6 child is going to A & M and I had her take him a container of it. We all know there's nothing like a little bit of mom's homecooking now and then, right? 🙂
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For the crust:
For the cobbler:
- 4 cups blackberries, , rinsed and gently patted dry
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅓ cup butter
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup merlot
For the cobbler crust:
- Mix flour, sugar, and salt.
- Shred 12 tablespoons butter into flour with the coarse side of a grater.
- Add vanilla to ice water.
- Slowly stir ice water into the flour mixture with a fork just until dough begins to form.
- You'll see shreds of butter in the dough.
- Divide dough into 2 disks and chill for 30 minutes.
- Wrap tightly and place in freezer to chill prior to using.
For the Cobbler:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Remove pastry for cobbler crust from the freezer and roll.
- Cut ½" strips in both portions of the dough.
- Combine berries, sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, wine, and water in heavy bottomed pan and bring to a boil.
- In one half of the dough, cut strips again to form individual pieces for dumplings.
- Drop into simmering blackberries and occasionally stir gently to make sure all dumplings are cooked.
- Cook over medium heat until thick.
- Remove cobbler pan from heat and place second half of the dough in a lattice pattern on top of the blackberries.
- Place pieces of butter on top of lattice crust and sprinkle with sugar.
- Place into oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until crust is lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.