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Independence Day comes along right when summer berries are in abundance. The timing is perfect to celebrate our nation’s birthday with traditional fruit desserts that take us back to our agrarian roots. Cobblers, buckles, grunts, slumps, crisps, and good old-fashioned pies show off the best of seasonal summer fruits and make a truly spectacular addition to your holiday table, worthy of some fireworks!

Blackberry Cobbler

 Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Dessert, by Abigail Johnson Dodge 

 Instead of using only blackberries, mix in some raspberries and blueberries as well.

Ingredients for the filling:
  • 6 cups blackberries or a mix of seasonal berriesblackberry cobbler
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt
Ingredients for the topping:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat an oven to 375ºF. Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. To make the filling, in a bowl, gently toss the berries with the sugar, flour, lemon zest and salt until blended. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. To make the topping, in a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, butter and vanilla until well blended. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and, using a rubber spatula, fold gently until the flour is moistened and the mixture forms a soft dough.
  4. Drop heaping spoonfuls of the dough onto the fruit, spacing them evenly; the dough will not completely cover the fruit. Bake until the filling is bubbling, the topping is browned and a toothpick inserted into the topping comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8 to 10.

Try these homey, old-time favorites as well!

Raspberry Buckle

Berry Grunt

Blueberry Crisp

Mixed Berry Slump

Gooseberry Pie

photos (left and right), and (center) Gastronomer’s Guide