After a dinner of Mom's Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes), I brought the blackberries I had picked earlier that day to my cousin's house to make blackberry cobbler for my nephews. They don't even like cobbler they've said, but they love mine.
Oldest nephew was out with lil' sis, second-oldest nephew was in Spain that summer, youngest nephew was out with my cousin and his wife. So that left me and second-youngest nephew.
My how quickly time passes. I was a teenager when second-youngest was born and used to snuggle with him asleep on my chest.
When he was around 5?, I once took them ice skating, or rather the two oldest boys and lil' sis ice skated, and I took second-youngest around the mall with me. We'd go into a clothing store, then a toy store, then a clothing store. Except, there just weren't that many toy stores at the mall, so I went into two clothing stores in a row.
"That's not fair!" he called out. "We're supposed to go into an "auntie" store and then a "nephew" store, but we went into two "auntie" stores!" :P
Or when we stopped by McDonald's and he wanted a "plain cheeseburger" and I didn't know that meant asking for no onions, no pickles.
"I said I wanted a plain cheeseburger!"
As he started pulling out pantry supplies, he told me about his part-time job as a "sandwich artist" and how he'd been working out.
"Punch my stomach, auntie!" :P
I didn't have my usual cobbler recipe on hand, so I asked him to pull up the blog so I could use my pie recipe instead.
He asked me some questions about the blog and then said, "Wow! You're relevant!" Haha. I don't know about that, but it was a sweet remark nonetheless.
He couldn't find any flour so we used pancake mix instead. Are you sure it'll work? he skeptically asked. Yup. Yup.
Pat out the dough into irregular circles or "cobbles" and the messy tops will still be crunchy. It'll work, I assured him.
Oozing sweet fruity filling. Served warm a la mode? Perfect!
By the time everyone came home, our cobbler was done.
My cousin's wife likes to use all clear blue plates and bowls in her kitchen. Obviously, that doesn't work so well for a photo of blackberry cobbler. But she got so into it, that she hunted around her cupboard until she found a white plate on which I could photograph the cobbler.
Now, you know I love pies, but sometimes, a girl needs cobbler.
Cobblers by their very nature are way more forgiving. Pancake mix instead of flour? No problem. I've swapped out half of the regular flour for whole wheat and buckwheat for a healthier cobbler and it still tasted good. A little less butter if you're watching your weight? Still good. Use less sugar in the dough if the fruit is especially sweet that day. Too lazy to make fresh batter but still want warm, oozing fruit? Use pre-made sugar cookie dough. :P
For 8-by-8-inch cobbler, you'll need:
For the crust:
2 1/2 cups flour (Substitute half with whole wheat or buckwheat flour if you want to be healthier.)
1 cup or 1 stick butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup very cold water
2 tblsp sugar
1 tsp salt
For the filling:
3 cups blackberries
2 tblsp sugar, or more depending on desired level of sweetness
1 tblsp flour
1 tblsp butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Wash the blackberries.
Grease the pan you're planning to use. Add 2 tblsp sugar, 1 tblsp flour, 1 tblsp butter, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Mix and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tblsp sugar, and 1 tsp salt. Cut the stick of butter into the flour with a pastry cutter or fork until butter pieces are about pea-sized. Whisk the egg and 1/4 cup cold water together, and then add it to the flour mixture.
Using your hands, form roughly 3-inch circles about 1/2- to 1-inch thick. Lay them all over the top of the blackberries so they form "cobbles." Or if you're especially lazy, spoon out pre-made sugar cookie dough.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about half an hour until cobbler crust is set.
Serve warm or with vanilla ice cream.
Rejoice when nephews declare your blackberry cobbler the best in the world and that they don't like any other cobblers except yours. :P
All Oregon posts can be found in the tag, Series: Oregon. I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
I-5 From LA to Portland
Mom and Dad's Garden
Burgerville - Portland - Oregon
Hakatamon - Beaverton - Oregon
I Think I'll Go For a Walk Outside Now...
Vista Point - Oregon City
End of Oregon Trail Interpretive Center - Oregon City
Stevens-Crawford Heritage House - Oregon City
Museum of the Oregon Territory - Oregon City
Mom's Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Sizzling Crepes)
Bonneville Lock and Dam - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Bonneville Hatchery - Cascade Locks - Oregon
Multnomah Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Horsetail Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Wahkeena Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Bridal Veil Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Historic Columbia River Highway - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Latourell Falls - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Crown Point Vista House - Columbia River Gorge - Oregon
Banh Cuon Tan Dinh - Portland - Oregon (Closed)
Downtown Portland - Oregon
Lan Su Chinese Garden (Portland Classical Chinese Garden) - Portland - Oregon
Powell's City of Books - Portland - Oregon
Mom's Geoduck, Dynamite-Style and Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
How to Prepare Geoduck and Razor Clams
Geoduck, Japanese Dynamite-style
Chao Oc (Vietnamese Rice Porridge with Clams)
Le Bistro Montage - Portland - Oregon
Kenny and Zuke's Delicatessen - Portland - Oregon
1 year ago today, Taiwanese "Popcorn" Tofu.
2 years ago today, pretty ribbons and a Banana, Nutella, and Peanut Butter Sandwich.