I found this recipe in Recipes, Remedies & Rumors a set of cookbooks published by the Cades Cove Preservation Association. The recipe is very similar to the easy peach cobbler I shared with you a good while back-but using buttermilk instead of sweet milk and the addition of cinnamon made me want to give it a try.
Maycle McCauley Yearout's Blackberry Cobbler
- 1 quart blackberries
- 1/4 cup butter/margarine
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar divided
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (I left it out)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon baking powder (I left it out because I used self-rising flour)
- dash of salt
Melt butter in 9 x 13 pan.
In saucepan combine blackberries, water, and one fourth to one half cup sugar depending on desired sweetness (I put the whole half cup).
Cook until mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add lemon juice if using.
Combine 1 cup sugar and flour (and baking powder if you're using plain flour) in bowl. Stir in buttermilk and cinnamon. Pour batter over melted butter, do not stir. Spoon berries over the batter, do not stir.
Bake at 350 until top is golden brown. In my oven it took about 30-35 minutes.
The cinnamon gave the cobbler a nice taste that was a little different than any other blackberry cobbler I've had. I couldn't really tell that the buttermilk made any difference-but Maycle McCauley Yearout definitely knew how to make a tasty cobbler!
Ms. Yearout also shared her memories of picking Blackberries in the cookbook. My favorite part of her writing:
"When I go back to the old homeplace and stand at the top of the hill near the old barn I can look out over the fields and the old fence rows where the blackberry patch us to be. Sometimes I think if I could only stand there long enough I maybe, could make out some images of four kids with, yes, the straw hats and berry juice on their smiling faces and hear a mom's voice saying "don't run up the hill or swing your bucket you will spill your berries."
Check out this link for information on purchasing Recipes, Remedies & Rumors Volume I &II Cades Cove Preservation Association .
*Source: Recipes, Remedies & Rumors Volume I & II Cades Cove Preservation Association (recipe and excerpt).