Berries and cobblers are what I would call a match made in heaven; made even better when the cobbler is prepared outdoors on the grill in a cast iron Dutch Oven. Cast-iron Dutch Ovens are some of the best baking implements you can find because the materials distribute the heat so well the dessert turns out perfect virtually every time (unless you of course decide to burn it!) I use a variety of cast-iron cookware over open fires and often will bake beans, casseroles and deserts in a cast iron Dutch Oven by placing it in the hot coals of a fire and stacking more coals on top. But this weekend I wasn’t roughing it and had the convenience of one of my favorite cookers – the Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker, Roaster & Grill. I’ve had mine for more than a year and with its’ unique infrared cooking technology I’ve come to rely upon it as a versatile cooker – excellent for large roasts of meat like whole turkeys & chickens, standing rib beef roasts, leg of lamb or even pork shoulders. Adding a cast iron Dutch Oven in the cooking basket gives you oven-like qualities of even heat distribution and almost guarantees you the perfect bake. With fresh blackberries in hand and an easy cobbler recipe, I decided that it was a great time to try baking a Blackberry Cobbler.
Here’s my recipe:
For the cake mix:
1 stick butter
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
For the berries:
4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries or 2 bags frozen (thawed)
½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp fresh grated lemon zest
¼ cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
First things first: Place the Dutch Oven into the cooking basket and the basket into the cooking chamber of the Char-Broil Big Easy and light according to directions. You could very easily place the Dutch Oven on the bottom of the cooking chamber as well.
While the Dutch Oven is heating – prepare the blackberries: Rinse fresh blackberries and drain, place them in a bowl with sugar, lemon zest, water and cinnamon – mix well and set aside for the flavors to combine.
While the berry mixture is doing it’s thing – make the cobbler batter: In separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; stir to mix. Add milk and beat until batter is smooth. The Dutch Oven should be warm in about 10 minutes or so, place one stick of butter in hot Dutch oven and stir till melted. Add the blackberry mixture to the melted butter and pour the cobbler batter over the top.
Replace lid on Dutch Oven, close the lid to the Char-Broil Big Easy and turn the control knob to lowest setting. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. A variation of reverses the order - batter in the Dutch Oven first and blackberries on top. The advantage to this is the blackberries will retain their shape and form better if you are concerned about aesthetics and not eating. I have no preference so therefore I dumped blackberries first and poured the batter after.
My Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker, Roaster & Grill once again worked perfectly! Nothing better than fresh blackberry cobbler cooked in a Dutch Oven and, of course, served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
I hope you enjoy this!
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