nectarine and blueberry cobbler

July 21, 2010 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

Summer fruits are finally in full season now and that opens up so many dessert options.  But still, what to make?  I love pie, but don’t actually enjoy making it all the time.  And I also love a fruit crisp with a nice streusel topping, but I prefer that in the fall.  Shortcakes can be good, but too often the biscuit is too clunky and heavy.  What about a cobbler?  You know, that often neglected dessert that bring to mind the unrecognizable mush in one corner of a TV dinner?  I’ll be honest, I have never made one before precisely for that reason.  But when you think about what it is – a fruit mixture topped with biscuit dough – it actually combines the best elements of those previously mentioned desserts.  So for a BBQ at a friend’s house recently I used some super-fresh nectarines and blueberries and my favorite shortcake biscuit recipe to make my first cobbler.  It will not be my last.

Nectarine and Blueberry Cobbler (serves 8-10)

1-3/4 cup flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup half & half
5 nectarines, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup blueberries
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons flour

Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and butter together in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on low speed until the butter is mostly incorporated into the flour.  Pour in the half & half and mix just until a dough forms.  Roll the dough on a well-floured surface to about 1/2-inch thickness.  Cut into 2-inch shapes (I did squares, but anything will do, or even just tear the pieces by hand into random shapes) and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl, then pour into a baking dish just big enough to comfortably hold all the fruit.  I used a 10-inch round, 1-inch deep ceramic dish, but anything else will do.  Arrange the cut biscuit dough on the top of the fruit, leaving a few small spots uncovered.  Put the dish on a baking sheet (it will most likely bubble over) and bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden and the fruit is bubbling.  Let cool a bit before serving.

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  • Jenny N. July 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I love cobblers, because I love a crispy crust. It’s perfect. Yours looks divine!

  • Christine July 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Mark — this looks delish! I love nectarines (so much nicer than peaches, IMO). I’ve tried nectarines and blueberries in a store-bought pie crust and I just wasn’t thrilled. A good homemade pie crust is too much of a challenge for me, so this looks doable. Can I say that I especially like seeing the sugar amounts in tablespoons rather than cups? Better to let the fruit shine!

  • Emily July 21, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Oh how lovely. But I am not allowed to make cobblers. I will eat the entire thing, before anyone else even gets a chance. I like a really doughy crust. Yum!

  • lesley July 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    that look delicious! i am so trying that when i get home from my vacation next week. yummmm

  • laura July 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    that looks SO delicious.

  • my spatula July 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    LOVE this flavor combo! just perfect.

  • unha July 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    we loved it. loved it so much that we actually finished the left over in the morning as breakfast!

  • elaineganmaclaine July 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

    mmm! The taste of berries!

  • Tania Cavenecia Torres July 22, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Cobblers are my favorites, this one looks especially delicious !

  • Lulu July 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Thank you for showing us this way of making cobbler. The usual recipe tells you to spoon globs of batter on top of the fruit. Your way looks more elegant.

  • Stephanie July 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I loved this. I saw this on your blog when it was first posted and hadn’t planned on making it until I saw very good looking nectarines at the store so I pulled up the recipe on my phone and made it right away after unloading groceries. I will be sure to make it again maybe with blackberries.

  • Lynn July 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I made this for my boyfriend’s birthday BBQ we held this weekend. it was so delicious! thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Jenna July 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    We’re so glad people are using these recipes! Yay!

  • Samantha July 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I made this cobbler the other day and everyone that tried it said it was amazing! Thank you for the wonderful recipe =)