Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TWD: Mixed Berry Cobbler



This week's TWD recipe is Mixed Berry Cobbler, selected by Beth, of Our Sweet Life. This recipe is lightening fast to pull together and doesn't taste half bad, either. It's just not that special, unfortunately, which is a shame because Dorie's recipes are always spot on. But maybe it's me and not the recipe, because I've never been enamored with fruit desserts, though, which is a result of my upbringing. My parents are both big fruit eaters and every night after dinner, we'd share a big plate of whatever fruit was in season. It's so easy to put away fruit when it's been lovingly peeled, sliced, and diced by a mom, isn't it? I just learned to associate fruit with healthy, after-dinner snack. In my mind, if you're going to splurge calorically on dessert, might as well make it rich and sinful. Chocolate and cheesecake come to mind. Fruit desserts seem a bit too healthy to me. But don't get me wrong. I don't think I'm capable of turning up my nose at a single dessert out there. I like fruit desserts. It's just not a piece of chocolate cake, you know? I sense that I'm digging myself into a hole, so I'll just get on with my TWD outcome. Many TWD'ers posted that the topping is bland. I took their advice and tried to jazz it up, with the addition of 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and swapped brown sugar for the suggested white sugar. I ended up with a topping which tasted pretty good, sort of like a buttery, flaky sugar cookie which complemented the berries beautifully. Since this recipe took 15 minutes to prep and only 25 minutes to bake, (I used 2 small ramekins & also quartered the recipe), I can't be too upset about the lack of wow!-factor with this dessert. It was a perfectly acceptable dessert and it's probably a good one to keep on hand if you're ever in a pinch and need to throw a dessert together quickly. Please visit Beth's blog, Our Sweet Life, for the full recipe. And, please visit TWD and click on the bloggers to see everyone's results! Thanks! Next week's TWD: Apple-Cheddar Scones

13 comments:

rainbowbrown said...

Wow, that topping of yours looks so cute and perfect. Nice.

April said...

They turned out so nicely, I love that you made two in little ramekins. A perfect dessert for two.

kim said...

i like the small portions you used, and the crust is adorable!

boobee said...

You mean you don't like southern peach cobbler? Your cobbler looks so clean and tasty! I think this maybe the one that I try...

Engineer Baker said...

What happened to this being a "rustic" dessert?! I'm jealous of how well your topping behaved :)

bakingwiththeboys said...

It looks great and I am with you on dessert. I almost always go for the truly sinful...

Susie Homemaker said...

PUUURRFFFection. No really. That looks great!

Pamela said...

Looks so pretty!

Rebecca said...

Your cobblers couldn't be more adorable.

Jules Someone said...

Very cute! Looks yummy.

noskos said...

Looks great! Well done!

Shari said...

Your cobbler top does not look cobbled, but perfect!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Jaime said...

looks so nice! your slits didn't seal up like mine did :P you can easily learn to love fruit desserts if you have enough of the right ones ;)