Monday, July 14, 2008

Blueberry Cobbler and Strawberry Jam

After calling every store in the vicinity the past two days, I finally found the freezer jam pectin I like. It's in a little envelope. If you have never made freezer jam, it is SO EASY. Just put four cups of cut up fruit in bowl, mash it with a potato masher, and then in separate bowl, mix the pectin with the sugar (my recipe uses 1 1/2 c. sugar to one package pectin to 4 cups fruit) stir the whole bunch together until dissolved, then ladle into 8 oz. freezer jars. Let sit 30 min. Voila! Freezer Jam! NO cooking needed!
I had enough of last year's blueberries in the freezer to do a cobbler recipe I found in the newspaper. The topping is actually more like a crumbly shortbread mixture rather than your typical doughy cobbler. Therefore the name:
A TECHNICALLY INCORRECT BUT VERY GOOD SUMMER FRUIT COBBLER
(That really was the name)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Filling:
6 c. diced fruit
1 1/2 c. sugar (depending on the sweetness of your fruit, may decrease sugar)
4 T. cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
lemon juice, optional (I threw in a tsp.)
pinch salt
Place in a sprayed, or greased 7 c. baking dish
Blend topping:
10 T. butter, room temperature (Blend butter and sugars, vanilla together first)
1/3 c. white sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4. tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
Add 2 c. flour
Blend until crumbly. Spoon over filling lightly.
Bake 45-55 min. until bubbling and thick. Topping should be a rich golden brown.
Serve with ice cream, of course! We are going to break out the Donvier Ice Cream maker tonight.
You mix 4 c. of light cream or 1/2 and 1/2, vanilla and sugar (Yes, very fattening!) and put it into the frozen cylinder and crank it for a few min. and there you have it, homemade ice cream!
Now we'll need a jog around the block!

3 comments:

Beatriz said...

That sounds wonderful. I'll keep this recipe handy.

Jessica said...

oh MYYYYY! Thanks for the freezer jam recipe, I've always thought it was complicated to make that, but I'll definitely try it sometime soon!

S for KC said...

Oh, that looks good. I've been making recipes myself lately with strawberries. I love any good dessert with fresh fruit.