Nothing quite beats a dessert made with big, plump juicy blackberries. When prepared properly these oval-like globs of juice just burst into your mouth. Of course when you add a nice dose of a good bourbon to the dessert festivities, it just gets a little bit better!
Whereas most consider a blackberry cobbler (aka blackberry slump) to be a truly American dessert from the south, nothing could really be farther from the truth. The dessert originated in Africa and was brought to America via the slaves -- of course the original version did not contain bourbon!
This is a perfect Summer dessert as fresh blackberries are always refreshing. It is also a wonderful way to end a barbecue or grilled dinner.
Ingredients needed to make Bourbon Blackberry Cobbler (serves 4):
- 5 cups blackberries, rinsed
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- 2 Tbs. superfine sugar
- 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup butter, chilled and diced
- ¾ cup whipping cream
- In a medium non-aluminum sauce pan combine the blackberries, sugar, water, bourbon and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, superfine sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until it resembles a coarse meal (crumbly). Stir in the whipping cream to form a soft (wet) dough.
- Using a tablespoon drop pieces of the dough over the berries and cook 10 minutes.
- Place a cover on the saucepan and cook 10 additional minutes before serving.
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