It’s been a while since my last cobbler recipe! Over a full year, in fact. I found inspiration to return to this format when I found myself with an abundance of fresh cherries, blueberries, and strawberries, all dying (quite literally) to be consumed within 48 hours.
The secret to this recipe is waiting until the berry mixture is bubbling. Don’t take it out any sooner. It’s kind of like when you bake a casserole and you have to wait until the creamy or cheesy mixture starts bubbling before it’s truly done (and I was never patient enough to let that happen, which is why I never make casseroles).
This dish is called a breakfast cobbler because the top portion is reminiscent of a baked oatmeal: chewy and earthy and cozy. It is not as fluffy as what would traditionally top a full-fledged cobbler, and it is much less sweet. That means it’s perfect for breakfast, but with a nod toward a beloved dessert. If you’re looking for an indulgent dessert, this is probably not the recipe you’re looking for. If you’re going to have a dessert, have a real dessert!! 🙂
P.S. This oatmeal is great with banana “nice cream” (or, according to my dad, who was my taste tester, actual vanilla ice cream).
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- [reads] this NYTimes article about How the Government Supports Your Junk Food Habit
What you'll need:
- 1 cup TOTAL of hulled and quartered strawberries, pitted and quartered cherries, and blueberries (I used a third of each)
- drizzle of maple syrup or sprinkle of sugar
- about 1/8 tsp lemon zest
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats OR 1/3 cup quick oats
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/8 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
How to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a single-serving ramekin or cast iron skillet with non-stick spray.
- Toss berries with maple syrup, lemon zest, and salt. Dump in an even layer in ramekin or skillet.
- In a bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, baking powder, and salt. Once mixed, add in wet ingredients: milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Stir until combined. (Feel free to double the ingredients for the cobbler for a heartier breakfast.)
- Transfer to the ramekin and bake for 25-30 minutes.
- To serve, eat as is or top with yogurt of choice or coconut whipped cream! It serves one as breakfast, but could be split between two for a light dessert!