Thursday, September 23, 2010

Blueberry Cobbler

I've made a lot of things in my days (mistakes, bad choices, etc) but never a blueberry cobbler.  I don't know.  I get it stuck in my head that the only kind of cobbler is peach or blackberry.  And they always had a cake-like topping that called for 1 whole stick of melted butter.  I rarely made them.  They were sufficient as dessert but nothing worth bragging about.

In case you haven't noticed, I've become a little obsessed with Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country recipes.  It is so nice to pick up a recipe and know from the start that it's going to turn out terrific.  I have several cookbooks that have a 70% success ratio.  That's about top of the line.  Some are 50/50 and others are worse.  With most cookbooks you want to try a recipe in advance before cooking it for company.  That's just not the case with CI/ATK/CC.  Some recipes they've made over 100 times until they got it perfect.  I like that kind of guarantee.

My local grocery store had blueberries on sale so it was a perfect time to try out something that used fresh blueberries.  The Holy Grail of Blueberry Cobblers was right there in my favorite cookbook.
Beautiful.  The vibrant colors of the berries did not come through in the photo.
It's so simple.  Your kids could do this.  It's also a wee bit messy.  The blueberries are tossed with some cornstarch, sugar, lemon juice and zest.  They are baked in a pie pan topped with some drop biscuit dough that has been dusted with cinnamon sugar.  The lemon really adds a nice flavor the berries.

Stalactites of blueberry goodness.  This must be baked on a baking sheet.
After it comes out of the oven, let it cool down for a while then serve with Blue Bell Vanilla Bean ice cream.
Chuck's man-sized serving.
A very simple recipe that tastes like something out of a fine restaurant.  Little effort, great results.

Printer ready recipe for Blueberry Cobbler here.

I love reading about the science behind the recipes at America's Test Kitchen.  Experiments, science, trial/error....I love it all.  I want to be a scientist when I grow up. 

Maybe that's why I love screwing around experimenting with my own life. I like to compare calorie burns for various exercises.  See what my body does when I restrict calories or raise them.  What happens when I eat low carb?  Low calorie?  High fiber? etc.

My next self experiment: lose weight while eating killer food.  Can it be done?  Stay tuned for the continuing saga of me verses the swimsuit. :)

5 comments:

  1. You've got me drooling! ;)

    And I'm super jealous of the blue bell ice cream! I had my first sample when I was TX in May and it was AMAZING!!!

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  2. I love ATK cookbooks and the show! I have their Healthy Family Recipes book on hold at the library. Can't wait to check that out. We should get jobs for ATK as recipe testers! Wouldn't that just be the best job ever?!

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  3. Please, Kelly, I want some more!

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  4. Oh yum. Blueberries are one of the most naturally beautiful fruits.

    Thanks for the food porn. I needed that.

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  5. That cobbler looks delish! I'm really enjoying all of the food pics and recipes that you've been posting lately..so much fun and such great ideas! :)

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