Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Alley Berries

We live in an area of SLC that has several alley ways cutting through the standard city blocks.  As we navigate the alley's as we take Riley on his daily walks we find all kinds of interesting things.  Riley won't walk through the smushed apricots fallen to the ground (he gets that from Ralph)  There are now several people who come to their back yard fences asking how Riley is doing.  He sure makes friends everywhere he goes.  There are several dogs that also come to the backyard fence to say hi. 

One of our early discoveries was a huge patch of blackberries that were uncared for and nobody ever picked them.  Last year we just sampled everytime we walked by. 

This year, we decided to pick the berries so they didn't go to waste.  Mom was a great help.  The patch is full of thorns and it hasn't been pruned for quite some time, so we had to go digging for the berries. 

We have picked them twice and I imagine it is time to go again.  We got about two quarts the first time and about a quart the second time.  We froze most of them so we can make some freezer jam with them.  The second batch was used to make cobbler.  This recipe creates a buttery crisp, cakey topping that you just can't get enough of.

Not my picture, but it looks just like it.
Easy Berry Cobbler

1/4 C butter
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Milk
2 tsp baking powder
2 Cups favorite fruit

Preheat oven to 375.  Melt butter in cobbler dish.  To make the batter, mix the next four ingredients together.  Add batter to the hot melted butter in the cobbler dish.  Do not stir.  Sprinkle fruit on top of batter.  Do not stir.
Bake at 375° for 30-40 minutes.
Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or English custard.

1 comment:

Wendybell said...

You have NO idea how badly I want a piece of this!!! LOVE how you gathered the berries for this, too! :)