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Need a quick, simple dessert? Blackberry Shortcake!

When your amazing life calls for something other than the standard strawberry shortcake, why not bump it up a bit and have a delicious Blackberry Shortcake instead? This one is so simple and you can use what you have on hand.

Blackberry Shortcake

 

We visited our favorite local farm yesterday to find some gorgeous, fresh blackberries! We’re blackberry fanatics at my house and could easily sit down with a big bowl of these little gems and happily have them as a meal.Fresh Blackberries

After considering the possibilities, and how worn out we were from a day of errands, we decided to make a quick dinner and needed a simple dessert to go with it. Anyone can have strawberry shortcake. Why not take advantage of what’s fresh now and make a beautiful Blackberry Shortcake?

So, you can really make a shortcake dessert using whatever base you have on hand. No need to get fancy or spend a lot of time baking. I happen to have some dessert shells in the freezer. Some of the things I have piled fruit on are :

  • a canned or frozen biscuit (sprinkle a little sugar on top before baking)
  • a cookie or two, or a little bowl of crumbled cookies
  • cinnamon toast
  • frozen pound cake
  • a cupcake
  • a scone

Even though in legit baking world, these options are not technically “shortcake”, who cares? They all make a shortcake-style, easy, yummy dessert that you can make right now.

While I pulled dinner together, I macerated a pint of blackberries in a few tablespoons of sugar. This will created all that fabulous juice you want on your shortcake. It only takes about an hour and can be hastened by crushing them up a bit.

Then it’s as simple as putting down your base and spooning on some berries.

Blackberries for Shortcake

Adding some of that gorgeous syrup.

Blackberries on shortcake

Top it with your favorite whipped topping, ice cream or syrup.

Blackberry Shortcake

Seriously, what could be more beautiful, simple and delicious?

Peach Cobbler with Blackberries

Peach Cobbler with Blackberries

Serves 10-12
From magazine Southern Living
This is a wonderful and pretty summertime cobbler that works with your favorite combination of fruits.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter (cut into pieces)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons ice cold milk or cream
  • 8 cups peaches (peeled and sliced)
  • 6 cups fresh blackberries (you may also use blueberries or a combination of berries)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • extra sugar to sprinkle on top

Note

We happened to have fresh peaches and blackberries on hand for the cobbler this time. We've also used blueberries, strawberries and nectarines.  The original recipe calls for plums!  Use your imagination and family favorites.

Directions

Step 1 Prepare Crust: Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut 1 cup butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Whisk together egg yolk and milk; stir into flour mixture just until dough starts to form a ball. Shape dough into a flat disk using lightly floured hands. Wrap disk in plastic wrap, and chill 1 to 24 hours.
Step 2
Prepare Filling: Preheat oven to 425°. Place peaches and blackberries in a large bowl and toss with the vanilla. Stir together 1 3/4 cups sugar and 1/2 cup flour; sprinkle over fruit mixture, and gently stir. Spoon into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch or shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Drizzle with melted butter.
Step 3
Place dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle with flour. Place a piece of plastic wrap over dough disk. (This makes the dough easier to roll.) Roll dough to 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into 2-inch squares. Arrange squares in a patchwork pattern over peach mixture, leaving openings for steam to escape.
Step 4
Whisk together egg and 2 Tbsp. water; brush dough with egg mixture. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sparkling sugar.
Step 5
Bake on lowest oven rack at 425° for 40 to 55 minutes or until crust is deep golden and peach mixture is bubbly, shielding edges with foil during last 5 to 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Transfer to a wire rack; cool 1 hour.