Monday, June 27, 2011

1:1 berry cobber

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i'm officially moved, settled and trying to get my act together and start blogging again.

in hopes that you will forgive me for being away for so long i'm offering up this recipe that is a seemingly impossible combination of easy and delicious. seriously, you usually have to pick between one or the other, but this baby blows that theory right out of the water.

i've been doing my best to take advantage of all the berries that are coming into season right now by going to pick them myself. there's just something about coming home with red fingers and scraped ankles and pounds and pounds of berries. 

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this recipe calls for 2 1/2 to 3 cups of berries, which is about the same amount of batter used, hence the 1:1 title. i used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and a handful of cherries. i just realized cherries might not technically be a berry? can anyone confirm or deny this? they do end in "erry", but i'm not convinced.

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basically, you stick a few tablespoons on butter in the pan while your oven is preheating and let it get warm and melty. whip up the batter, stick in the berries, cover with pecans and brown sugar and you're done! seriously, how easy is that?

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warning: when you take this pan out of the oven you will be tempted to dig right in. seriously, it smells that good. when i ran my knife around the edge of the pan and caught a rogue berry i thought it would be smart to pop it in my mouth. boy, i was wrong. molten hot berry lava, as it turns out, equals major mouth burning.

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but, if you have the self control to ignore it and let it cool you will have a summery, seasonal and scrumptious dessert on your hands. i quickly threw together some whipped cream to dollop on top, it's the boyfriend's favorite, but you could easily use cool whip, ice cream, or just let the cake fly solo. 

to close, thank you for bearing with me during my brief hiatus. now that i'm settled i'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things blog-wise. i've missed you all!

1:1 berry cobbler

serves 9 


2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 to 3 cups chopped fruit
1/4 cup pecans (optional)
1/4 cup brown sugar

1. preheat oven to 375 degrees. add butter to 8x8 baking pan and place in oven during preheat. keep an eye on it and make sure to take it out once the butter is completely melted.

2. coarsely chop fruit and set aside.

3. in a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. add milk and continue to whisk until batter has no lumps.

4. in baking pan with melted butter, pour batter in but do not stir! the butter will pool around the sides and top - this is totally okay.

5. place berries evenly over batter and sprinkle with nuts and brown sugar. bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown and tests done.

nutritional information:

calories: 219, fat: 7.14g, cholesterol: 7mg, sodium: 133mg, carbs: 37g, fiber: 2.18g, sugars: 25g, protein: 2.84g.

as always, thank you for reading & happy baking!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

i'm still alive!


dear loving readers,

i'm still alive, i still exist, i'm thinking of you all and can't wait to get back to blogging.

sadly, the only thing i've had the time, energy or the mixer to make are those guava & cream cheese cupcakes up there. they were decent, not fantastic, and i feel like i've lost a little of my mojo. i know, i'm a little sad too. but, there's a light at the end of the ever-shortening tunnel: we move in to our gorgeous new apartment on friday!

yup, things are going to be hectic until (and, let's be honest, probably shortly after) then, but once we're settled i'll be able to bake up a storm and maybe leave baked goods outside the doors of all my neighbors. that's neighborly, right? or is it weird and creepy? either way, it's probably going to happen.


food hasn't totally left my life since my blogging hiatus. i've actually been dining al fresco a lot, which is a favorite thing that i forget about as soon as the weather dips below 70 degrees. 

(please ignore the lower half of my generously proportioned cat sticking interrupting my photo. he's loving deck-life too, mostly engaging in bird harassment.)


i also went strawberry picking last week, which was fantastic and delicious and a great way to spend some time outside. it's been surprisingly cool in DC (mixed with unbearably hot, don't get me wrong!) and i've been trying to log in some outdoor hours before the real heat wave comes in and stays.

i'm also furiously hitting refresh on the websites of local farms with sour cherries. i've never picked them before and rumor has it their season is very short, so i'm staying diligent! there must be cherry pies in my future!

okay dear readers, i've got to get back to job hunting and cover letter writing, but check back soon and expect wonderful & summery treats in your blogging-futures.

as always, thanks for reading.


ps: GWB now has a mobile site! yup, that means you can carry all my recipes around in your pocket and pull them up without wading through clunky browser nonsense. you don't have to do any work beforehand either, you'll automatically be rerouted there. how 'bout that!