Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blackberry Reward

Welcome to my blog!

As a way to share and record memories and recipes from years gone by, my wonderful husband suggested I begin a blog.  Since he is the writer of the two of us, I am beginning this with some trepidation.  However, those of you who write your own blogs know the excitement and anticipation of your first blog!  Sooo...I hope you will return often and enjoy the memories with me as I share from the family's recipe box.

To the right is a picture of Grandma who lived from 1895 to 1982.  Of her many talents, cooking was certainly one. She knew  how to cook on a wood stove, preparing everything from pinto beans and cornbread to angelfood cake and lemon meringue pie. We loved to eat at Grandma's!

Few memories bring back feelings of love and comfort as do those stirred up in front of the old wood cook stove at Grandma's house.  I loved that old stove and was sad that it was left behind in the move to the new house across the road.  But the memories could not be left behind...memories of Grandma bustling about the kitchen cooking up a special treat.  And nothing was more special than Grandma's Blackberry Cobbler!

Many were the times that we climbed the steep, grassy hill called "Old Baldy" behind the farmhouse and returned home with buckets filled to the brim with luscious, wild blackberries.  Below is a picture of Grandma and Grandpa's house with "Old Baldy" to the right.  

Picking berries was fun...except for the occasional snake beneath our feet and the sudden raucous buzz of hidden junebugs. The best part, however, always came later that evening when we were rewarded with warm blackberry cobbler!! YUM!  

Blackberry Cobbler
1 Quart Blackberries* (juice and berries    if berries are canned)
¼ Cup Sugar or more if berries are sour
4 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1 Cup Self-rising flour
2 Tablespoons Butter or Shortening
6 Tablespoons Milk (or ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons)
   Butter (for crust tops)
   Sugar (for crust tops)

Mix blackberries, sugar and cornstarch.  Pour in a 7x11 buttered, baking dish or pan and set in hot oven to heat while mixing the crust. (*Add more blackberries if you wish and adjust sugar and cornstarch.)  

To make the crust, mix flour, butter and milk as for biscuits and roll out.  Cut in pieces then place on hot berries.  Dot the top of biscuit pieces with butter, then sprinkle with sugar.

  Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until well browned.

Coming Soon.....Blog #2    Need another blackberry recipe to use up all those berries you've been picking??  Watch for the next blog featuring an original prize-winning blackberry cake! Thanks for stopping by!!

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