Blueberry cobbler is probably one of the most popular blueberry desserts there is. Many of us will have a friend or relative who makes it look easy to pull out a perfect pan every time. Well, now you can join them by following our simple and straightforward blueberry cobbler recipe.
All you need are the ingredients below, as well as a set of individual ramekins (you can use oven-safe glass dessert pots or creme brulee ramekins), and of course, a mixing bowl and a baking sheet. With a preparation time of just 10 minutes, and only 25 min in the oven, this has to be one of the most straightforward blueberry dessert recipes you will find, and it's perfect for everyone from novice cooks to pastry chefs.
Blueberry Cobbler is a very common family favorite and this recipe is no exception. Like most family staples, changing only one ingredient can give you a very different outcome. We have put together a FAQ that will help you navigate various ingredients so you can find the variation that fits your family best.
This easy blueberry cobbler recipe can be adapted in a couple of ways to incorporate extra flavors or textures.
For a mixed berry cobbler recipe, you can substitute all or part of the pint of blueberries for different fruits of your choice. Redcurrants, raspberries, or blackberries all work well, or if you want to supercharge the health benefits of your blueberry cobbler, try adding superfoods like acai berries or goji berries.
Blueberry cobbler also works well with other fruits, such as chopped apples, pears, or peaches.
Add a little grated lemon or lime zest to your blueberry cobbler for an extra tangy citrus flavor, which will complement the sweetness of the berries.
Brown sugar is normally unrefined and is able to retain its nutrients, making it perfect to add into a cobbler topping. There are alternatives you can use, however. Granulated sugar is commonly used in baking and is characterized by its sweetness compared to other sugars. Coarse sugar is similar to brown sugar in that it is not finely ground.
It is also worth mentioning the differences between light and dark brown sugar – dark brown sugar has a stronger flavor to it, although apart from that both types are quite similar.
Cane sugar is slightly larger compared to the granulated variety, although it is more expensive to buy.
Like with any cobbler recipe, butter is undoubtedly the best thing to use. However, if you want to substitute it for something else, you can use 3 tbsp of vegetable oil, or alternatively coconut oil.
As long as you ensure that you store the cobbler at both room temperature and away from direct sunlight, you should eat it within three days. If you do decide to eat the cobbler towards the end of that three-day period, you should check it for excess moisture before eating.
You can freeze the cobbler for between two to three months, as long as it is wrapped securely and tightly.
Both fresh and frozen blueberries are viable options for this cobbler dish. However, as stated in our recipe above, you will need to place frozen blueberries in water to ensure they defrost and can be cooked successfully. Fresh blueberries can be washed more quickly before you begin.
Fresh blueberries are grown during the spring and summer months. Frozen blueberries have the advantage in this regard given that they are in season all year round. Once prepared, though, both fresh and frozen blueberries share similar qualities, meaning they are both delicious options to include in your blueberry cobbler.
You can check the ripeness of your blueberries by pressing them between your fingers – they should feel hard and firm to touch, instead of soft and mushy.
Blueberries grow in different sizes, generally from 10 centimeters to around four meters. They are full of vitamins and minerals, and whilst blueberries as a whole are great and healthy options, the bigger ones naturally contain more of those vital vitamins and nutrients.
There are three main types of blueberries that are suitable for cooking and eating – the lowbush, the highbush, and the rabbiteye. All three have differing qualities. The lowbush tends to have a sweeter flavor, whereas highbush blueberries taste less sweet but are larger in size.
Although all three types of blueberries are suitable to use in a cobbler, the highbush is the most common to be found in grocery stores which translates to them being used often in a cobbler dish.
Alongside the crispy topping of a blueberry cobbler, you can serve several items on top. One popular suggestion is ice cream, but toasted nuts also work well. In addition, you could add extra fruits to the top for extra flavor, such as raspberries, strawberries, or even extra blueberries!
If you don't have individual ramekins available, you can use an ovenproof dish to make a family-sized blueberry cobbler, which can be portioned out after cooking.
However you make it or serve it up, this recipe is sure to be a hit with everyone you know!