Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie - Mixed Berry Cobbler

It's Tuesdays with Dorie time again! This was my first time making a cobbler and from the look of the photo in the book, it looked more like a fruit soup topped with a pie crust. Needless to say, it wasn’t one of the recipes that had caught my eye so I decided to tweak it a bit and end up with something that might suit my taste a bit better.

I started by halving the recipe, cutting the butter a bit and replacing it with some Quark cheese, and I used whole milk instead of cream. Then I decided to use half whole wheat flour, half all purpose, added some vanilla extract and used a bit more sugar than was called for. I ended up with a dough that was a bit stickier, like a dumpling, which is what I wanted. For the filling I used a mix of fresh fruit : cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I mixed it up with some sugar, cornstarch, lime zest and a bit of lime juice.

I divided the fruit filling into baking dishes, topped it with my dumpling-like dough and sprinkled it with some coarse sugar. I ended up with more of an upside down fruit cake which was quite delicious with a bit of whipped cream. Using the soft cheese and a bit of vanilla in the dough gave it a lot of flavor. Of course, this might not be a traditional cobbler, but we liked it well enough.

The choice this week comes courtesy of Beth from Our sweet Life, you can find the recipe on her blog, or on NPR. For more takes on this dessert, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll.

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33 comments:

Sarah said...

I would have never though to put a cheese in the dough, but glad it worked. It looks yummy and summery!

ostwestwind said...

I am also a cobbler newbie ;-). Great that your addition worked fine

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

rainbowbrown said...

Oh, cripes. This sounds awesome. I really dig your alterations. It looks quite nice too. Great job.

Kayte said...

Well, who knew you could tweak something so well? I am doing this because, while I can cook, I am not a baker, so I figured this would help me branch out from muffins, cupcakes, pies, and cookies a bit. I am amazed that you can look at a recipe and go "I can do this and that and the other and have it turn out thusly...." Way jealous of that.

The photos are amazing...very beautiful work you did with all your tweaking!

Teanna said...

I like the addition of the whole wheat flour and the cheese! It just sounds awesome.

Isabelle said...

tes photos n'ont vraiment rien à envier aux miennes :) j'utilise beaucoup le fromage quark ( et le mascarpone ) j'adore !!

Manggy said...

Tradition be damned! You can't argue with good taste, heh heh ;) Meanwhile, I have no idea where to get quark. I suppose, uh, cream cheese would be an okay substitute?

kim said...

your cobbler looks so tasty! love the way it looks on the green plate :) your crust changes sound interesting, i'm glad they worked out well!

Mary Ann said...

your substitutions sound delicious and it looks sooo tasty!

bakersbakery said...

This was my first cobble as well. It sounds like you did a great job tailoring it to your tastes.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Cobbler or no, I'd just call it tasty! It looks delicious!

Engineer Baker said...

Very neat changes - quark in cobbler crust, who woulda thunk?

Jules Someone said...

What is quark cheese? Looks gorgeous!

Erin said...

Your cobbler looks delicious!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Looks great - I wish I could try the crust through this dang computer screen.

vibi said...

Quelle belle combinaison visuelle que ce rouge, ce blanc immaculé, ce rose profond et ce vert vif de l'assiette!
Super... comme d'hab, LyB!

PheMom said...

I love all the changes you made - it even sounds a bit healthier with the wheat! Looks wonderful too!

Susie Homemaker said...

hmmm. cheese. that makes my mind really start thinking about everything I could do with this dough...good idea!

Christine said...

Cheese sounds delicious in the dough! Great cobbler

Kevin said...

Great looking cobbler! Serving it with whipped cream sounds good!

Rebecca said...

Looks lovely! Nice changes.

Grace said...

your first cobbler!?! welcome to the world of this fabulous fruit dessert!
very nice alterations to the recipe. i'm sure the cheese in the dough made for a unique and enticing flavor--'twas a great idea. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

LyB, I have never made a cobbler - even though you say it looks like a soup, I'd be glad to have it!

Mara said...

mmm i love how you described the dumpling dough, so true!! this was my first time with a cobbler as well...i loved how easy it was.

Dolores said...

Hmmm... I enjoyed the original recipe, but I suspect I'd like your version as well. The quark is a really intriguing addition.

Heather B said...

yum! I love the idea of adding cheese to the crust! I bet it was soo delicious!

Alfie said...

This just looks soooo delicious :o)

Shari said...

Cheese instead of butter is a great idea!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

Kristen said...

What an interesting recipe. Looks tasty!

Cakespy said...

That's the type of cobbler I like! It looks so rich in berries and flavor. Perfect for the summer. I echo the others in saying nice tweaks indeed!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

Beautiful recipe! I love your blog--so happy to have found it! (through Tartelette)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I like all the changes you made. It looks perfectly delicious!

Aimée said...

Very creative, Lyb! Sounds like an ideal summer dish and one that adapts well to variations.