Southern Eats


Fruit cobblers are a very popular dessert choice in the South. You can use many different kinds of fruit such as peaches, apples, or blackberries, pretty much anything you like. The crust can vary from something almost pie crust like to more informal biscuit type crusts. I use the latter type since it is so quick and easy to make.

The biscuit topping is the same no matter what fruit you use:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup milk

Sift dry ingredients together and cut in the butter until it make a crumbly mixture. Add in the milk and egg and stir to moisten.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare your filling and put it in a deep baking dish. Spoon the biscuit topping on the fruit and bake for 20-25 minutes. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream on top.

My favorite cobbler is peach. Here is my recipe for the peach filling:

4 cups sliced peeled peaches
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Combine cornstarch, sinnamon, sugar, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add in the peaches, lemon juice, and butter and cook until peaches are hot, about 5 minutes.

Another favorite is blackberry cobbler, but unfortunately blackberries are much harder to get up here in Canada than in the South. Here is my recipe for blackberry filling:

4 cups of blackberries (rinsed and drained)
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar (some prefer it sweeter, so taste it and increase the sugar if you like)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

Mix the water and cornstarch in a pan then add the sugar and lemon juice and heat until bubbly and thick over medium heat. Add the berries and boil over medium heat for 2 minutes.

As you can see, you can create your own filling from your favorite fruit quite easily, just make sure it isn't too soupy.

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