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.
Grandma's Easy Blueberry Cobbler Recipe
- 1/8 of a cup of flour (all-purpose)
- 1/4 of a cup white sugar
- 1 pint of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2/3 of a cup of flour (all-purpose)
- 1/4 of a cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 of a tsp of powdered cinnamon
- 1/4 of a cup of unsalted butter
- Preheat your oven to 450°F.
- For the blueberry cobbler filling, take a large mixing bowl, and add your freshly washed blueberries. If you're using frozen blueberries, you can soak them in water for 30 to 45 min beforehand to defrost them - this will help to ensure they cook evenly. (Whether you're using fresh or frozen, make sure to dry the berries on a paper towel or clean cotton towel before preparing them, as this will prevent the flour from sticking in lumps.)
- Sprinkle the sugar and flour evenly onto the berries, and toss them in the bowl until they are evenly coated throughout.
- Divide the mixture between each of your ramekins, leaving at least a half-inch gap between the mixture and the top of the ramekin.
- For the blueberry cobbler topping, combine the remaining ingredients in another mixing bowl, and using your fingertips, mix thoroughly until you achieve a crumbly texture. (To avoid melting the butter, which prevents the crumbly parts from forming correctly, try running your wrists under cold water for a minute or two, cool down your hands).
- When you have achieved the desired consistency, top each blueberry cobbler with a layer of topping about half an inch thick.
- Bake the ramekins in your heated oven 10 min, and then reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for another 15 min.
- The top of each individual blueberry cobbler should be a golden brown color, with the fruit filling beginning to bubble up around the edges. Use gloves to carefully transfer each blueberry cobbler to a wire cooling rack (watch out as the boiling sugar in the filling will be extremely hot).
- Cool to a comfortable eating temperature and serve your blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice-cream or simply pour some heavy whipping cream over the top.
Blueberry Cobbler FAQ
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.
Are there any variations for blueberry cobbler?
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.
Alternatives to brown sugar
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.
What can I use instead of butter?
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.
How long does blueberry cobbler keep for?
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.
Should I use fresh or frozen blueberries?
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.
When are fresh blueberries in season?
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.
How can I tell when blueberries are ripe?
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.
What size of blueberry is best?
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.
What are the best types of blueberry to use?
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.
What could I serve on top?
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!
What should I do if I don't have ramekins?
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!
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