This Old Fashioned Blackberry Cobbler has the perfect sweet biscuit crust on top. People go crazy after this old fashioned, from scratch recipe and you will too!
Does cobbler have a bottom crust?
This is actually a hotly debated topic in some crowds, but by definition, no, cobblers do not have a bottom crust. Cobblers have a fruit bottom and are generally topped with a sweet biscuit dough, but can also have a more cake like consistency as well. Some people still swear by having a bottom crust on their cobbler, but it is not a traditional preparation.
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What’s the difference between a cobbler and a crisp?
A cobbler is topped with a batter while a crisp is topped with a crumbly mixture usually consisting of flour, cereal (like oatmeal), butter, sugar, and sometimes nuts.
Can I use frozen blackberries to make blackberry cobbler?
Yes, you can, but the end result may a bit runnier since the berries end up having extra moisture once thawed. To compensate for this, double the amount of cornstarch in the recipe.
Can I halve this recipe?
Yes you can! This recipe, as written, makes an entire 9×13 pan which might be a bit much for some people. You can directly halve all of the ingredients in this recipe and make a 9×9 pan instead.
If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other fantastic berry recipes:
- Blueberry Lemonade
- Old Fashioned Strawberry Pie
- Perfect Blueberry Pie
- The Most Amazing Strawberry Shortcake
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- 3 pounds fresh blackberries, cleaned
- 1 lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold butter, diced
- 1 cup half and half
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl, toss berries with lemon zest and juice, cornstarch, vanilla, and white sugar. Spread them out in the 9×13 pan.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in butter until it resembles a course meal, or pulse the whole thing together in a food processor.
- Pour in half and half and stir to form a thick batter.
- Scoop the batter in large clumps on top of the berries to form a nice cobbler crust.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
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