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Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil and Brown Butter Cobbler

This blackberry, blueberry and basil cobbler with brown butter is simply divine! 
This blueberry and blackberry cobbler with browned butter is so simple to make and the perfect way to use all those gorgeous berries. You will love it! #berries #cobblers #dessert
Simple, quick and easy to make is one way to describe this cobbler. Most cobblers are straight and to the point, with a layer of fruit on the bottom and a cobbled floury top. This cobbler is definitely quick to make. It is definitely easy to make and there is where the similarities stop! One look at the above ingredients and one realizes this is not your average Joe cobbler. Not that there is anything wrong with average Joe, but in this house it was time for a change.
Change began the morning that I stepped into Trader Joe’s (OK, I admit I am becoming a fan) to discover basil plants for $2.99. BIG basil plants. Cheaper than any nursery I’ve ever bought them from. So cheap that I’m going back to buy another. And so big that I had plenty of basil leaves to harvest from the get go. You saw I already used some in the last delectable pasta dish I posted?
Well, Alex had come home briefly to deposit some of his belongings and Manservant was arriving the next day, so I thought I better cook/bake something to show them that I still could. Bake, that is. After all, I’d been living on leftovers since Zoe left and hadn’t even stepped foot in the grocery. So what else was waiting for me as I put the basil plant into my basket, but blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Racing home with my purchases, I decided I best not let them go to waste and baking was on my mind.
This blueberry and blackberry cobbler with browned butter is so simple to make and the perfect way to use all those gorgeous berries. You will love it! #berries #cobblers #dessert
No sooner did I get started then Alex said he was heading back up to Vail and in just a few hours. Well, luckily this cobbler did not go to waste. No sooner had he said that, then I got a call from a friend inviting me to dinner. How nice and how good that I could provide dessert! Knowing this friend did not like raspberries, I did not incorporate them, but one could if one so desired. Actually I kind of like the whole “B” thing. Blueberries, blackberries, basil and browned butter. It works, does it not?
As I mixed up the fruit, I realized that it would make a perfect fruit salad. If you want, save the calories from the butter and crust and scoop the fresh fruit over some frozen yogurt. However if you choose to go the distance, the top of this cobbler becomes chewy and slightly crunchy with rich buttery goodness. The basil added a subtle, but flirtatious taste to the fruit, and keeps one guessing as to the secret ingredient. This dish is perfect with ice cream or whipped cream and would be perfect for dad on his day. Manservant certainly appreciated it on his arrival home!
Fruit desserts spell comfort to me. I hope they do to you, too! 
This blueberry and blackberry cobbler with browned butter is so simple to make and the perfect way to use all those gorgeous berries. You will love it! #berries #cobblers #dessert
One other note: I used lemon in this. To be truthful here, I am not a giant fan of lemon in desserts. Weird, I know! In this cobbler, the lemon was noticeable when it came out of the oven, however it seemed to become more lemony in the days after, as it was slowly scooped spoonful by spoonful into someone’s mouth. No, I admit, it wasn’t mine. It became too lemony for me to really enjoy. So proceed with caution. Lemon lovers…use all I say. And it you expect this to be gone in one day, by all means use it. If you plan on this lasting a few days and you are like me, you may want to cut back by half with the lemon.
This blueberry and blackberry cobbler with browned butter is so simple to make and the perfect way to use all those gorgeous berries. You will love it! #berries #cobblers #dessert
Blackberry, Blueberry, Basil and Browned Butter Cobbler
Yield: 1 13×9 pan or 1 11×7 pan. I used the smaller baking dish because I like a nice thick fruit and crust layer. Serves 8-12
6 oz blackberries, rinsed
11 oz blueberries, rinsed
6 T sugar
2 T Jack Daniels or bourbon
Zest and juice of 1/2 of lemon
1/4 c fresh basil, chopped
1 stick unsalted butter
1 1/4 c unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 c white sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 c buttermilk
Zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
Ice cream or whipped cream optional
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all filling ingredients together in a large bowl. Reserve.
Melt butter in a flameproof 9×13 or 11×7 baking dish. Place the dish directly on burner over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and deliciously brown. Your kitchen will smell heavenly, but don’t burn it. Remove from heat.
Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Mix in the buttermilk and lemon zest and juice and pour the batter over the butter in baking dish. Don’t worry if the butter shows through in spots. Spoon the fruit over the batter.
Bake for about 45 minutes, until the crust has oozed up through the fruit and is golden brown and lightly raised. Serve warm, if possible!
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This blueberry and blackberry cobbler with browned butter is so simple to make and the perfect way to use all those gorgeous berries. You will love it! #berries #cobblers #dessert


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    Kitchen Riffs
    June 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Love cobblers. Was contemplating a cherry one today, maybe with blueberry sauce. Yours looks better than the one I had in mind. Plus you have that whole alliteration thing going. 😉

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    June 11, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Looks yummy..

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    Nazneen Hamilton
    June 11, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I saw those $2.99 plants! They are huge and I want to get one myself. A berry cobbler? I'd like to say I gave you that idea that day?? maybe? This looks fantastic Abbe! Love the basil in it and the lemon, I'm a lemon dessert person. Save me a piece next time! Your granola was a hit btw, as was your fudge and your flowers are still thriving, thank you xx

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      I love that granola! Guess I should write it up! The basil is doing great and thank, Nazneen!

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    Angie Schneider
    June 11, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Cobblers are a perfect summer dessert. I had only stone fruits cobbler. Yours with summer berries and basil sounds fantastic, Abbe.

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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    June 11, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    YUM this looks so good, I could eat the entire platter. This would make a nice Father's Day dessert for sure! Have a wonderful weekend Abbe!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love the "B" thing you've got going on here. I've made a blueberry basil pie before but think this sounds great too! Browned butter and bourbon – well yes please!

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Tricia, pretty funny about all the b's! It is berrylicious!

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    June 11, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Nice cobbler Abbe, I especially love the basil in it…such a beautiful dessert.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Hope you are having a super week 😀

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      The basil works really well with this, juliana! Enjoy!

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    Liz Berg
    June 11, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I feel the same way about fruit desserts…perfect summer fare! I'm going to be in Denver in July with Bill and Katie. Not sure of our plans besides visiting my sister and parents, but I may have some time to grab lunch or a cup of tea with you if the stars align 🙂

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Let me know what works and I would love it! Thanks, Liz!

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    June 12, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Wow! love the combination of flavors you have going on here. This cobbler is wonderful Abbe, never thought of combining berries with basil but this sounds really good. I am the biggest fan of Trader Joe's, love their basil plants and plants in general.

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks Cheri! I am quickly becoming a fan! Berry cobblers are great!

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    shannon weber
    June 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    OH this looks so delicous, Abbe! My sister is also not a fan of lemon in desserts (the rest of us can't get enough), but lemon is one of those flavors which "blooms" as the days go on, for sure; i've noticed that when i bake things that the intensity of the lemon gets crazy after a day or two. I would have eaten the rest for you once it got too lemony. 🙂

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      Abbe Odenwalder
      June 17, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      I never knew that about lemon! Because.. i don't make many desserts with lemon. This was great, but next time i would cut back on the lemon. Thanks, Shannon!

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    Denise Browning@From Brazil To You
    June 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    This should be called combination of deliciousness…A summer must-have for sure that can be crowned with a scoop of one's fave ice cream.

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