Monday, November 25, 2013

MonkeyMan's Favorite Berry Cobbler (GF)

my husband used to absolutely adore Pioneer Woman's blackberry cobbler. i guess i shouldn't say "used to" because he still does. i just don't make it since, you know, gluten! but he got promoted recently and i knew berry cobbler had to be on the menu for his promotion party. so i had to figure it out! unfortunately, i took no pictures. it sure was pretty though! on the other hand, fortunately, it was delicious!
Gluten Free Berry Cobbler
(adapted from Pioneer Woman)

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour blend (i like Trader Joe's brand. just be sure whichever blend you choose doesn't already have xanthan gum or baking powder in it.)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar, plus 2 tbls
1 cup milk (see note)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups frozen or fresh berries of choice (i like a mixture of frozen raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.)

method: preheat over to 350. combine first 4 ingredients (flour blend, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum) to make gluten free self-rising flour. add 1 cup of sugar to the flour mixture and combine. stir in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla to the dry mixture. (note: i found i needed a bit more milk to get this to a pourable consistency. you're looking for something just a bit thicker than pancake batter. add up to 1/2 cup  more milk. this depends completely on the flour blend you chose.) set aside the batter and pour all of the berries into a baking dish and spread them evenly across the bottom. pour the batter evenly over the berries, and sprinkle the remaining 2 tbls sugar on top of the batter. this extra little bit of sugar helps the crust get, well, crusty. place the cobbler in the oven for 30-45 minutes, or until the crust is set in the middle, and the edges are brown. there will be lots of berry juice bubbling up, looking gorgeous! allow to cool on the counter for at least 45 minutes to set. don't skip this! then serve with cool whip (my personal favorite) or vanilla ice cream (monkeyman's favorite).

additional info: this will make a cobbler that is more cake like on top, versus a cobbler that has a biscuit-like topping, or a crumble.

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