Last weekend, we had a small family party for Laith and since it was Memorial Day weekend here in the US, a cookout seemed the obvious choice. Most Bank holidays/ Federal holidays that fall in the summer are immediately classified as “cook out” holidays. There is nothing better than breaking out the BBQ grill and throwing on some meat and vegetables to enjoy al fresco. The supermarkets have grand sales on meat, meat and more meat. Along with the meat, there is the stuff that goes well with meat: corn, potatoes, baked beans and so on.
I, too, love eating off the grill and keeping the kitchen cool by doing as much as I can on the hot coals. We have both a gas and charcoal grill and on Saturday, both grills were aflame. As much as I didn’t want to cook indoors and to turn on the oven, I had to make dessert and those potatoes that go so well with…meat.
There are sweet things you can make on the grill: grilled peaches with ice cream, grilled bananas with Nutella (very yummy) but I didn’t want just fruit; something a little bit more festive was in order and it did have to double as a birthday dessert. Besides, a BBQ and cobbler are synonymous with each other. I tried very hard to think of how I could make a cobbler on the grill. I have watched those programs on Food Network that show the chuck wagon cookout challenges…yes, I was seriously thinking about burying my cobbler in coals. However, just turning on the oven seemed an easier and less messy route.
Cobblers scream summertime to me. That’s probably because cobblers do so well with summer fruit: Peaches, nectarines, and all kinds of berries. A generous dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and dessert is done. This cobbler is so easy, you will find yourself making it throughout summer with all kinds of summer fruit. It’s definitely worth turning on the oven for.
I did have big plans for an Avengers cake for Laith but after I decorated all those cakelets, I didn’t want to see any icing, cake or Avengers! However, I wanted dessert and in my family, whatever delicious things we may have to eat for dinner, everyone is always waiting for the pudding!
Memorial Day and July 4th weekends always see a massive sale on berries (along with the meat)….the whole red, white and blue thing. Works for me, the Union Jack is also red, white and blue and I get to have delicious berries for cheap. The strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries made for a beautifully, patriotic cobbler.
I made a 9 by 13 tray and there should be 12 servings (not in my house though)
THREE BERRY COBBLER
1 cup/ 137g all purpose (plain) flour
2 teaspoons/10ml baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 stick/57g butter
1/4 cup/57g granulated sugar
3/4 cup/177ml milk
1 lb/454g strawberries, quartered
3/4 cup/169g granulated sugar
2/3 cups water
raw sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C)
Place the butter in a 9″ x 13″ (23 x 33cm) pan and let melt in the oven
Meanwhile, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl and put aside.
Mix the berries with the sugar and water and let macerate.
Once the butter has melted, take out the hot pan from the oven.
Add the milk to the flour mixture and mix into a batter.
Pour the batter over the hot butter and then pour the berries, sugar and water over the batter.
Place in the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until juices are bubbling and the top is golden.
Sprinkle the raw sugar over the top.
Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.
Summer is just beginning and so is our imagination. This is the start of the another season, bringing us Earth’s delicious bounty and we are waiting patiently to create. Here’s to a great, productive, creative summer! I shall leave you with a picture of my little cherry tomato plant. I am slowly getting back into gardening after moving to Colorado. I think it’s time. What’s growing in your garden this year?