Southern Fruit Cobbler is loaded with juicy berries and topped with a rich buttery topping. This is an easy summer dessert that will become a new family favorite you'll go crazy for!
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Cobbler recipes are a perfect dessert to bring to a BBQ or to add a quick dessert to any nightly dinner like my Old Fashioned Applesauce Cake. Whether served on its own or topped with a dollop of my Homemade Whipped Cream or scoop of ice cream, berry cobbler is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering or special occasion.
Using simple ingredients and with a mixture of any favorite or in-season fruit, this mixed berry cobbler recipe is quick to whip up. What about fresh juicy peaches? Try my Homemade Peach Cobbler Recipe for another delicious dessert.
Why this recipe works
This delicious cobbler recipe has sweet and tangy flavors of fresh berries baked to perfection in a warm, comforting tasty dessert like my Cherry Pie. This classic dessert is the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests with its delicious aroma and mouth-watering taste. Try this timeless recipe today and experience the ultimate comfort food for your taste buds.
Ingredients for easy fruit cobbler
- Berries: I used blackberries and blueberries but any kind of fruit will work.
- Butter: I use unsalted, but salted will also work you just may want to leave out the extra salt if you're watching your salt intake.
- Milk: Whole milk or 2% will work here.
how to make this berry cobbler recipe
- Step 1: Wash berries and place them in a medium bowl.
- Step 2: Mix the berries with the sugar and lemon juice.
- Step 3: In a large mixing bowl whisk the dry ingredients.
- Step 4: Mix in the wet ingredients.
- Step 5: Mix the dough until it comes together.
- Step 6: Pour the berry mixture into a lightly greased baking dish, and spread the biscuit dough over the top. Bake until golden brown!
What is berry cobbler?
Cobbler is an easy dessert that typically consists of a fruit filling baked with a buttery crust that is similar to a biscuit or a cake batter. The fruit filling can be made with a combination of fruit, such as peaches, berries, or apples, and is often sweetened with sugar and flavored with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Don't overmix the batter: Be careful not to overmix the batter or the topping, as this can result in a tough or dense cobbler.
- Berry cobbler is best served warm, straight out of the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of my Homemade Whipped Cream on top.
- Mix different types of berries: Mixing different types of berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, can add depth of flavor and a beautiful array of colors to your cobbler.
Overall, while both cobbler and crisp are delicious desserts that use different types of fruit as their main ingredient, the texture and type of topping used are what sets them apart. Cobbler has a biscuit-like or cake-like topping, a crisp has a streusel-like topping made from flour, sugar, and butter like my Apple crisp or Strawberry Rhubarb Pecan Crisp.
I prefer to use fresh fruit but you can use frozen berries, no need to thaw them first. Just be aware that frozen berries will produce a more liquid filling.
Yes, making cobbler ahead of time can be a great way to save time when you're preparing for a special occasion or when you want to have dessert ready for a weeknight dinner. When you're ready to serve the cobbler, you can reheat it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through. Alternatively, you can heat individual servings in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. You can store the topping and fruit filling separately and assemble the cobbler just before baking.
Yes, let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Cobbler can be frozen for up to 3 months. When you're ready to serve the cobbler, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for 15-20 minutes or until warmed through.
Southern Fruit Cobbler
- 6 cups of berries we used 3 cups blackberries and 3 cups blueberries
- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar plus ¼ cup, divided
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup of whole milk
- Wash berries and set aside (they do not have to be completely dry), and sprinkle with ¼ cup of granulated sugar, and lemon juice and set aside for 15 minutes while you prep the topping (Note: this allows the berries to create juice that will be essential to the dish).
- Preheat oven to 375F degrees, lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, 1 ½ cup sugar, salt, and baking powder until fully incorporated.
- Pour in the melted butter and milk and mix until fully incorporated. The dough will be lightly damp all over, with no dry crumbs.
- Pour the berries and any juices into the bottom of the 9x13 pan and unevenly cover it with flatted stones of the dough mixture. (Note: keep the dough the same thickness, but the sizes of the cobblestones can differ, and will not cover all the berries).
- If desired, sprinkle another tablespoon or two of sugar over the top and bake until golden brown, about 35-40 minutes. Allow it to cool slightly and enjoy.