Strawberry Almond Cobbler

A few weeks ago, just as the winter season was thawing into the beginning of spring, one of my friends hosted a baby shower for my dear friend Ana. The trees were blooming in the courtyard across from my home, and this was such a special and unique occasion honoring my friend, that I was inspired to make a light, fruity dessert featuring the bright taste of strawberries and the promise of oncoming summer.

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The cobbler is a bit of an old-fashioned dessert, which makes it all the more appealing to me. Cobblers date back to when early American settlers brought a lot of their favorite dessert recipes with them form the old world, such as English steamed pudding and suet pudding. However, in the New World, when settlers couldn’t find some of the old ingredients they were used to, they often had to improvise. Cobbler was born as a variation of pie, using readily-available ingredients to make use of the juicy fruit -typically berries. Surprisingly enough, cobblers were often served as a main course; they didn’t become a dessert until the 19th century.

Some cobbler versions have the fruit partially hidden, covered by drop biscuits or a crumb topping. Others, like the recipe here below, have the fruit spooned on top, which I found to be both eye-catching and delicious. It’s timeless goodness lies in the combination of a rich, buttery topping or base with the sweet, ripe and slightly tart taste of berries. This is a super easy recipe, don’t pass it up! I hope you enjoy it!

Prep time: 15 min.

Baking time: 35 -45 Min.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Preparation:
1. In a medium bowl, add strawberries and ¾ cup sugar. Stir to coat strawberries in the sugar and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
3. Add in milk, vanilla extract and melted butter. Stir until combined.
4. Grease a 9-inch casserole dish, and then pour batter evenly into dish.
5. Spoon strawberries evenly on top of batter and do not stir.
Sprinkle the almonds on top.
6. Bake the cobbler at 375F for 35-40 minutes or until golden.
7. Serve warm or cold.
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