Blackberry Cobbler

by Shawnda on April 7, 2011

in Desserts,Fruit,Pies and Tarts

Blackberry Cobbler

Next to banana pudding, there might be no other dessert that says, “It’s summer in Texas,” like Blackberry Cobbler. Where I grew up, blackberries grew the entire length of our fence line and in the wooded lot across the road. We’d come in with a bowl full of berries and mom would make cobbler for dessert. We’d sit on the front porch and eat our cobbler with melty scoops of vanilla ice cream. And then we’d run around the yard trying to catch “lightning bugs.”

This Blackberry Cobbler is the final dish in our recipe feature of Big Bowl of Love, by Cristina Ferrare. The filling is a simple mixture of fresh blackberries paired with lemon zest. Blackberry and lemon is a wonderful combination. Lemon really brighten the flavors. There aren’t many times when a blackberry dish doesn’t benefit from some fresh lemon juice or zest.

Blackberry Cobbler

Serve a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream over top of a bowl of warm cobbler.


  • For the filling:
  • 6 cups blackberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the topping:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Fresh mint, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease a glass pie plate.
  2. To make the filling, gently toss the blackberries with the sugar, flour, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl until blended. Pour in to the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  3. For the topping, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla, blending well.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, fold gently until the flour is moistened and the mixture forms a soft dough.
  5. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the topping onto the fruit filling, spacing them evenly over the surface. Don't worry if the topping doesn't cover all of the fruit.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the topping comes out clean, about 45 minutes. The fruit should be bubbling and the topping browned.
  7. Serve with a sprinkling of fresh mint.


Yields: 6-8 servings

Adapted from Big Bowl of Love

Estimated time: 1 hour

Reprinted from Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love © 2011 by Cristina Ferrare. Permission granted from Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc


{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 7, 2011 at 5:12 am

I love warm fruit desserts and love the oozing from the berries here!


2 Erin April 7, 2011 at 5:21 am

This picture is beautiful! Makes me want to make this asap!


3 Rachel April 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

This looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it – blackberry cobbler is my husbands favorite dessert and we haven’t found the perfect recipe yet!


4 amanda @ fake ginger April 7, 2011 at 6:47 am

That looks so delicious! Love the fruit juices running over the side of the dish!


5 Tiffany April 7, 2011 at 6:49 am

That looks DELICIOUS!!


6 Melinda April 7, 2011 at 8:01 am

I’m such a sucker for any dessert with berries. Looks fantastic!


7 Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia April 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

This is my all time favorite summer desert! And this picture is making me salivate all over my computer. I can’t wait to make this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing with us!


8 ErinsFoodFiles April 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

Stunning photo!


9 Kelly April 7, 2011 at 9:53 am

Just reading the story about growing up with an abundance of blackberries makes me incredibly jealous (and hungry for blackberries). This looks amazing!!


10 Katie April 7, 2011 at 10:06 am

Wow this looks amazing! I can’t wait until blackberries are available in our farmer’s market. And the baking dish is gorgeous… Where is that from?


11 foodiebride April 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

@Katie, I got it from Garden Ridge Pottery.


12 Ann April 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

Blackberry Cobbler is one of my most favorites and this looks fantastic! Excited to try it. :)


13 Lindsay April 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

Blackberries are my *favorite*! And that dessert is beautiful. I can’t wait to try out the recipe.


14 Joanne April 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

I hate how sparse blackberries are up here in the northeast…and how expensive they are! They are one of my favorite berries and by hook or by crook, I SHALL be trying these this berry season!


15 Yummy to the tummy April 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

Oh wow, oh yummy, I have to try this. this sounds like a super delicious recipe to me. Thanks for sharing :-)

Come by and visit when you have time, Cheers from dutch cooking


16 Anne April 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

Love, love, LOVE berry cobblers! I’m getting so excited for fresh berries around here!


17 Sarah April 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

If only I had a yard, I would fill it with berry bushes. What joy it would bring me in the summer months!
I do make sure to stock up (and freeze) the fresh berries from the farmer’s market in the summer, though, and should pull them out to try out this recipe.


18 katie April 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

What a gorgeous cobbler!


19 Kelsey April 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Oh my goodness–LOVE! God help me if I’m ever in a position to choose between banana pudding and blackberry cobbler…


20 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) April 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Oh, what I wouldn’t give for a BIG bowl of this with ice cream! Mmm! Gorgeous pic!


21 Happy When Not Hungry April 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

This looks delicious! I love blackberries and your photos are beautiful too!


22 Jodi April 7, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Stunning photo! I just wish my husband was as fond of berry deserts as I am!


23 Amanda April 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Ahh…chasing lightning bugs, that was our favorite post-dessert past time, too. Blackberry cobbler and banana pudding are two of my very favorite desserts! This recipe looks wonderful, and it won’t be long till the blackberries are ripe in the country, so I’ll have to try it out. Thanks!


24 Jamie April 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm

That looks amazing, I love blackberries! I just might have to check out that cookbook!


25 Erica April 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I made the mistake of showing my husband the photo of the cobbler, and now he refuses to eat anything else ’til I make it :)


26 Cornelius the Pig April 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

ok, so the cobbler looks good, but that is such a beautiful picture! and i love your napkins…


27 Joshua April 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

looks wonderful, and I especially love the dash of fresh mint at serving, just the thing to wake up your senses before you dig in


28 what katie's baking April 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

this looks divine!!
i’m a cobbler fanatic! your picture is wonderful, too! very bright and summer-like :)


29 Audrey August 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Do you think that I could substitute the wheat flour for something like rice flour to make it gluten free? I’ve been dying for a good cobbler recipe and this looks fantastic, though due to my diet, I can’t have the regular flour.


30 foodiebride August 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

Audrey – I’m not sure, I don’t have any experience baking gluten-free.


31 Courtney April 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Has anyone tried making this with frozen berries? It’s been requested at a birthday dinner this weekend, and it’s too early around here for fresh berries!


32 Shawnda April 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

Just thaw them first – it will be wonderful.


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