Friday, June 5, 2020

ABRAM's Dinner Party Spotlight: What's Gaby Cooking Eat What You Want...Featuring Blackberry Thyme Cobbler #abramsdinnerparty #eatwhatyouwant #cobbler #summerdessert

It's time for our first Spring/Summer ABRAMS Dinner Party group cookbook feature! Today, I'm sharing food writer and chef Gaby Dalkin's fabulous new book What's Gaby Cooking Eat What You Want. This cookbook features 125 great recipes that were created for real life -- and boy are the recipes fantastic! At first, I couldn't decide whether to feature her breakfast Ham & Cheese Croissant Bread PuddingHeirloom Tomato & Steak Caprese, or her upscale French Onion Grilled Cheese. Then? I needed a homemade dessert to pair with our family's weekend grilling menu. That's when I decided to whip up her Blackberry Thyme Cobbler! Blackberry cobbler is Michael's absolute favorite...and the addition of thyme gave a refreshing herbal background flavor that's perfect for Summer. It's easy to make, smells heavenly while baking, and strikes a great balance between tangy and sweet. I want to mention here that I baked and served our cobbler in my Great Gramma Edith's heirloom baking dish to make the presentation extra special for us. Don't forget to pick up some vanilla ice cream to serve a la mode -- cobbler without ice cream is heresy in Texas!

Blackberry Thyme Cobber
from What's Gaby Cooking Eat What You Want
Ingredients (makes 8 servings):
For the filling:
  • 7 cups blackberries
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
For the biscuits:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs. granulated sugar
For serving: Vanilla ice cream of your choice

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish. Make the filling. Wash and dry the berries, then place them in a large bowl. Add the sugar, thyme, cornstarch, salt, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Lightly stir to mix and then pour the berry mixture into the prepared pan.
Step 2: Make the biscuits. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Stir to mix and break up any clumps of brown sugar. Slowly pour 1 1/4 cups of the cream into the flour mixture and stir ti combine and create a wet, shaggy dough.
Step 3: Drop heaping 1 to 2 tablespoon mounds of dough onto the berries. leaving space between the dough to see the berries. Brush the tops of the dough with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar.
Step 4: Bake until the biscuits are golden brown -- and the berries are bubbly -- 50 to 60 minutes. Let the cobbler cool for 15 minutes. Spoon into dishes and serve with vanilla ice cream...or dollops of fresh whipped cream.
Y'all...this cobbler is freaking FANTASTIC! It's the perfect combination of sweet and tart...with a nice herbal background flavor from the addition of thyme. This is a recipe you'll want to keep in your back pocket to make all Summer's the perfect ending for an al fresco dinner on the grill. Some cobblers feature a pie crust-like topping...but the sweet biscuit topping for this cobbler works infinitely better in my opinion.

I hope you'll give this recipe a try in your kitchen during the Summer cooking season...and have some fun playing around with different variations of fruit and herbs/spices. I'm thinking strawberries with basil, blueberries with mint, or peaches with ginger would also work really well in place of the blackberries and thyme!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of What's Gaby Cooking Eat What You Want as part of ABRAMS Publishing's Dinner Party blog group. All opinions are solely my own.

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