Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

A little late, but we didn't get home until after midnight!

We went into town to spend the afternoon with our friends, eat a LOT of food, light some fireworks off in the driveway and then watch the fireworks show the town puts on. We lucked out and the rain early in the day ended by afternoon and the skies cleared up so we could enjoy our day.

We did a potluck at our friends house, so I brought my ring salad and deviled eggs, and also tried my hand at a blackberry cobbler. Hermit Crab and I went grocery shopping (yes on a holiday weekend and it was scary!) and they had blackberries on sale 2 for a buck, so I knew I had to make something! According to Dude it was 'my best dessert ever' but he was lying-just trying to get me to stop taking photos of him eating! It was pretty well received considering half the people there don't like berries. It sure smelled fantastic and looked pretty.

I found a recipe on and added a couple of things based on some reviews. Here is how I prepared it.

Blackberry Cobbler

1 cup flour

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

6 TBSP cold butter

1/4 cup boiling water

2 TBSP cornstarch

1/4 cup cold water

1 TBSP fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. orange zest

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Wrap a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Place cast iron skillet on cookie sheet. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until it is crumbly. Stir in boiling water and stir until it is evenly moistened. Put blackberries in a bowl and sprinkle with a little sugar, the vanilla and the orange zest. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water. Stir in remaining 1 cup sugar and the lemon juice. Stir well to combine and then pour over blackberries; stir to coat all the berries. Pour into the cast iron skillet. Top berries with small spoonfuls of cobbler dough, and spread out dough a little with the back of the spoon. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Me and Dude-he really hates getting his photo taken.

My plate of food-hot dog, beans, chips, deviled eggs and pasta salad. Oh goodness I was full!
I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Thank you to all the service men and women who fight for our freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted. I salute you all.


Lea Ann said...

That plate of food looks like the perfect 4th feast! Our big display was rained out, we'll be celebrating tonight.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Nice firework shot! Our fireworks we went to see were duds and I was really disappointed. I expected a lot more than 10 minutes of fireworks since it was over Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay. :(

Your blackberry dessert looks yummy!

Alea said...

Your cobbler looks awesome! I am glad you had a great day. We enjoyed a long overdue, relaxing weekend together.

Monica H said...

How does one not like berries? That's blasphemy! Your cobbler looks yummy. Where's the ice cream?

That plate full of food reminds me of how full I was on Sunday :-)

grace said...

gorgeous cobbler! the annoying seeds in blackberries don't bother me a bit when they're prepared like this. :)

Hungry Dog said...

That cobbler looks insanely good! The perfect summer dessert.

Emily said...

You guys are so cute!

That BBQ looks good. I want some of that blackberry cobbler as well. It looks perfect!

Cheryl said...

Ahh you and Dude are adorable. Mine hates to have his photo taken as well :)