Fresh Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla-Flavored Whipped Cream

Category: 
Desserts, Baked Goods
Seasons: 
March, April, May, June, July, August

From The Edna Lewis Cookbook, by Edna Lewis

Fairly difficult

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler with  Vanilla-Flavored Whipped Cream

Ingredients

For 1 Batch(es)

Recipe

  • 2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cups lard
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 cups sugar cubes, crushed
  • 5 cups blackberries
  • 4 thin slices butter
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cups cream
  • 1 cups vanilla-flavored whipped cream (recipe follows)
  • 1 Vanilla-Flavored Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract

Fresh Blackberry Cobbler with Vanilla-Flavored Whipped Cream Directions

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Work in the lard with a pastry blender or your fingers until well blended (the mixture will look like coarse crumbs). Sprinkle water in all at once and draw the dough together quickly, shaping it into a ball. Divide in half and let rest a few minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°. Roll out half of the dough and place in an 8-inch baking pan. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the crushed sugar cubes over the dough, then fill with the berries. Add butter. Combine the granulated sugar with the cornstarch and sprinkle over butter.
  3. Roll out remaining dough. Wet the rim of the bottom crust and place the dough over it, pressing down to seal. Trim away the excess. With the handle of a dinner knife, make a decorative edge and then cut a few slits in the center to allow steam to escape. Brush the top with a thick layer of cream and sprinkle on the remaining crushed sugar cubes.
  4. Place in the oven, shut the door and reduce heat to 350°. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and set on a rack to cool slightly before serving.
  5. To make the vanilla-flavored whipped cream, pour the cream into a clean, cold bowl and with a chilled whisk, whip the cream until nearly stiff. Sprinkle the sugar and vanilla over the cream and continue to beat until the cream is stiff. Serve with a dollop of vanilla-flavored whipped cream.

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