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CSI Cobbler

My mom makes this amazing blueberry nectarine cobbler. It might be my kids’ favorite dessert from their very long list of “favorite desserts.”  Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy this delectable treat, so I made some over the weekend. The cobbler had barely cooled when I went outside to visit with my neighbor and that’s when the crime happened. When I returned to the kitchen I could not believe my eyes: one of the 8″ x 8″ baking dishes (see crime scene photo) was almost empty. The only question:  was the 6-year-old or the 3-year old-responsible for this crime against humanity?  Based on the forensics I deduced that they were in on it together  The 6-year-old must have pulled the dish down so the  3-year-old could reach. It looks like they used some kind of stick to cut themselves a slice (or seven). My 3-year-old son left his unmistakable paw prints behind and I can see where my daughter separated out the delicious berries from the crust. Good thing I had a second dish out of reach! Get this amazing recipe after the jump.  Just don’t leave it unprotected.

Blueberry Nectarine Cobbler

For the Fruit:

4 cups washed blueberries

3 cups of skinned and sliced nectarines

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of salt

4 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

For the topping:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 egg

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla

cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the fruit, sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour in a bowl and toss to combine. Take an 9 x 13 pan and cut up the 4 tablespoons of butter and place in pan, then put into the oven to melt.  As soon as it melts remove from the oven and pour the fruit over the top and give it a stir. Meanwhile, in two separate bowls, combine the dry ingredients for the topping – flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and stir. In the other bowl combine the milk, egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth.  Melt the 1/2 cup of butter, then pour into the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until smooth. Pour the batter over the fruit; no need for perfection or making sure all the fruit is covered, as the batter will rise and fill in to cobbler perfection. Cover with foil and cook for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove foil and cook for an additional 15 to 30 minutes. Serve plain or with ice cream or set up a camera and watch as your kids just dive in and leave you a tiny portion.

This recipe can be used with other fruits and berries, just pick your favorite and make sure you’ve got about 6 to 8 cups.

*The crime was solved when the husband came in with berries in his teeth and a purple tongue. He claims to have walked in on the littles already in action.

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