Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TWD: Mixed Berry Cobbler


I've never made a cobbler.  I don't think I really even knew what cobbler really was. (I had a ballpark idea, since I don't live under a rock, but I never spent a lot of energy contemplating it.) This week, our host from Our Sweet Life picked Dorie's Mixed Berry Cobbler.  I had it in my mind to make it just blueberries with lemon zest, but at the last minute I added some beautiful peaches I had in the fruit bowl.  Dorie sings the praises of frozen berries, but with all the good fresh fruit right now, I figured I'd use it while I can.  

I brought it to our ex-neighbor, K's BBQ and birthday party (happy birthday, K!). It's poor form to bring a  cobbler with a piece taken out of it to a party, so I didn't get to try it before hand.  When we cut into it, we found that all that fruit (I swear I used a lot) had melted down to almost nothing -delicious, but almost nothing- in comparison to the biscuity top that had really puffed up while baking.  I also wish the cobbler top was a little sweeter- it tasted too much like a biscuit you would have with a savory meal rather then a dessert topping. I think I'll stick to crisps and crumbles, but I m glad to have tried it.

On a side note, I feel like I am always complaining in these posts.  Maybe I am just trying to be objective about my baking.  I don't know.  So sorry if the tone of these posts is critical (as long as it is not hatey and judgey)

10 comments:

Dolores said...

I'm glad you tried it too. And I appreciate your honest assessment of each of the recipes you try...especially since you tell us what didn't work and *why*. There's almost always going to be a way (many ways) to improve on a recipe, and I find I learn a lot about my own baking and cooking reading other people's reviews about what worked and didn't for them.

ostwestwind said...

This was my first cobbler too, but we loved the crust, we think it went well with the flavourfull berries we used. Glad you tried the recipe, although your weren't satisfies. It's hard to discuss taste.

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

Engineer Baker said...

This seems to be a hate it or love it type of recipe, but as long as you say why you didn't like it and what you'd do to make it more to your taste, I don't think anyone will mind.

Kayte said...

Part of the beauty of sharing is that you give your honest opinion so we can all mull it over and see where we fall along the lines of the assessment...always fun. We loved the recipe...the guys always love another excuse to top something with ice cream!

Susie Homemaker said...

ooh - scary that you didn't get t try it first! the thing with Dorie's recipes though is that you know ddep down it's bound to e good...

Barbara said...

I agree with the others, I like to hear your assessment of the strong and weak points of the recipe. I also felt that this recipe had "too much topping" and "not enough fruit" so you're not alone there. On the other hand, the sugar in the topping was just right for me -- but a) I'm very much on the "less sweet" side of things and b) I sprinkled the top of my cobbler with some Demerara sugar.

noskos said...

Looks great! Well done!

Rebecca said...

I appreciate your honesty! Not every Dorie recipe rocks my world, either. ;)

Jules Someone said...

The cobbler looks yummy. Now all we need is some vanilla ice cream....

Carol Peterman said...

When you hit on a recipe that makes you swoon, you will no doubt be gushing with praise. A critical analysis based in your taste preferences is perfectly valid. Based on your comments, anyone that doesn't like sweet cobbler toppings would be very excited to give this one a try.