Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Cobbler

1 cup all purpose flour
4 teaspoons granulated sugar, plus an additional 1/3 cup, divided use
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, divided use
3-4 tablespoons ice water
Cornmeal, for rolling
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 teaspoons milk or cream

To make the crust: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, 2 teaspoons sugar and salt. Work 5 tablespoons of the butter in, using a pastry blender or your fingertips, until the mixture resembles pea-sized lumps. Sprinkle in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition and adding only enough of the water to form a rough mass.

Using floured hands, pat dough into a smooth, flattened disk. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 15 minutes in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla, until smooth.
Place the blueberries in a large mixing bowl, along with cornstarch mixture. Stir in 1/3 cup sugar until well combined.
Pour berries into an 8-inch square baking dish. Dot with remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.

Coat a work surface with a generous amount of cornmeal. Roll out dough thinly, on work surface, sprinkling the top of dough with cornmeal as well. Roll into a square big enough to fit dish.
Place dough over blueberries, tucking in outer edges. Brush dough with milk, then sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar. Cut a slit into the center, using a sharp knife.
Bake at 400 degrees F, for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

Cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes (if you can wait that long) before serving.

Yield: 6


  1. So anyways....your pictures make me fat. It's hard to resist the urge to not lick the screen, which is important, as I am out of Windex.

  2. Oh em. I wish I were so skinny and could eat this up and not feel guilty. I hate those requests from people you dont evcent know. Its like WHY?

  3. That looks yummtious (is that a word? It is now),as always.

  4. Yum, blueberries, cobbler, what's not to like! I can't wait to go get some blueberries!

  5. I don't have myspace but have facebook for a while now. You're right, it's strange to have everybody know what are your moves, but you kind of get use to it. Anyway the cobbler looks really nice and the cormeal gave it a great crunch for sure!

  6. Yummy, this looks delicious. Do you think it is any coincidence that since I have started blogging about food I have put on weight??!

  7. That blueberry cobbler looks so good! I like the sound of the cornmeal in the crust. Perfect with homemade vanilla ice cream!

  8. oooh this looks good. i love the cornmeal crust. and i hear ya on the whole facebook/myspace thing. i am also much more wittier when i can edit my words first ;)

  9. I have stopped using sites like those because people can be so nasty. :S

    This cobbler looks delish and I love the idea of using cornmeal, Emiline!

  10. I agree about Facebook & Myspace though I must admit that it is entertaining to see faces from grade school that I haven't seen in double digit years.

    Your photos are beyond delicious. I just licked my screen. Gross!!

  11. Your pictures have hit a new height of deliciousness. They are amazing.

    You're so funny about My Space. My son has an account and he has refused to be friends with ANYONE, so I guess when you look at his page, it says NO FRIENDS. Anyway, what's the difference if you just become friends with everyone? That doesn't mean you have to invite them over.

    But it is annoying to be bothered when you're online by random people. The answer is to just keeping cooking and stay off the computer, except for blogging.

  12. I've only recently discovered cobbler and am just now trying different recipes. I think this will hae to be one of them because this looks fantastic!!

  13. So...if I find you on Facebook, would you accept my request? I love Facebook and I'm on it more than anything. MySpace is getting on my nerves. It takes too long fr everyone's individual page to load...and they'r pretending to be Facebook with applications and notifications. Ugh.

    OK, so food. I love cornmeal. I've got thre different kinds at any given moment. Anything with "cornmeal" AND "crust" in the name is going in my book.

  14. I have a myspace page, but I don't get on there anymore. It started to feel too much like high school - like you said - people trying to be your friend just so that they look really popular.

    The cobbler sounds delicious! I haven't had a good cobbler in forever.

  15. this is an interesting combo... cornmeal crust.... :)

  16. Facebook is strange... I tried it and felt as insignificant and unpopular as I perceived myself to be in highschool... the same ol' cliques are loving themselves and each other up.

    Sometimes I lurk just to feel "caught up" but generally I figure I lost touch with all of you for good reason so why would I want to be "friends" now.

    My true friends are blueberries and ice cream!

  17. That is delicious looking! Wow! I am not generally into cooked blueberries, but that looks great!

    Facebook, ah yes, I am addicted too. I usually just accept the friend requests and find that is where it ends. Most of the people you never talked to before, still won't talk on facebook, so it is no big.

  18. LOL! I feel the same way about MySpace and Facebook. Sometimes those friend requests can be quite creepy.

    Yummy recipe by the way! Combining cornmeal and blueberries is a great idea...yum, I can taste it already! Even though it's hot outside, I'd definitely love to eat this warm :).

  19. Nice kinda random post. I totally agree with your comments on facebook/myspace. I got rid of myspace because there's waaay too much spam. Facebook at least is with all real people, so I kept that one.

    I agree with what you said about high school friends. I just try to keep it small and with people I actually care about.

    Is there a food blog group on facebook? Maybe there should be one... we're all cool kids :)

    Oh and nice cobbler... I'm gonna do a blueberry thing too this week.

  20. I have a Facebook account and some of my daughters friends have made friend requests which I just think is strange. I have no need to know what goes on in these young peoples lives..a lot of private stuff. But on to the blueberry cobbler...soon...very soon:D

  21. This looks wonderful. Too many good berry cobblers on teh net now. I'm in overload mode!

    I usually add old acquaintances from school when I get requests on Myspace and facebook. Maybe it's because I'm older than you, but I do sometimes find myself interested in catching up with people I haven't seen in over a decade, just out of curiosity. I'd probably still talk to them if I ran into them on the street, assuming I'd recognize them. They always seem to recognize me.

  22. Brittany- If you lick the screen, it really does taste like blueberry! It's like Willy Wonka.

    Courtney- I agree.

    Jan- Thanks!

    Nina- Thank you!

    Mrs. L- Enjoy.

    CC- Yes, it did give it a nice crunch.

    Beth- Me too!

    Kevin- Thanks!

    Heather- Thank you.

    Patricia- Cornmeal in baking is my new thing.

    Sharon- Grade school, yes, high school, not-so-much.

    Sue- Thank you! You know, I was really happy with these pictures. They're a little sexy. Can blueberries be sexy?

    Wow, your son is really picky.

    The instant messaging is a problem. Last night I really needed to get off the computer, but I ended up talking to someone for 30 minutes.

    Tarah- Cobbler is fabulous!

    Nikki- Sure. If you can find me!

    Deborah- It's even worse on Facebook. All of the popular kids have about 800 friends.

    Hendria- It is!

    Clevermonkey- Yes! Exactly what you said. I completely agree.

    Jenn- That's true. The ones I have accepted on Facebook haven't talked to me.

    Sophie- Creepy is right!

    Adam- I don't know if there's a Facebook food group. Good idea!
    I bet I could find you on Facebook!

    Valli- Keep an eye on those girls! Even if it means snooping...

    Rachel- I'm glad you have a Myspace. I was lucky to find you!

  23. Oh, I'm so sorry I added you as a friend on myspace, and I won't search for you on facebook, either. Plus, I am like 10 years older than you, it makes me seem creepy.

    This looks suspiciously like the TWD mixed berry cobbler recipe, this week, just with cornmeal added to the crust, which would have been acceptable, I think.

  24. I have Facebook, and like it since I can keep in touch with friends; but yeah, I too hate it when random people friend-request me - it's like, what do you want? Haha ;0)

    Oh man, that cobbler - perfection!

  25. blueberries surrounded by some form of pastry is about to trump apple pie as my favorite dessert, but only if massive amounts of vanilla ice cream are part of the deal. there's something about that pop of juice mixed with melty vanilla-flavored fat and crunchy cinnamon carbs that i just love. :)

  26. Love the photos for this post! Such a great capture of the drippy yumminess of the cobbler. Great job!

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  27. Emi, I'm still waiting for your approval of my Facebook friend request and failing that, a fat slab of cobbler...just toss it over!

  28. Oh I'm super easy to find. If you or any other bloggers want to add me feel free. We could always use friends we can actually TALK to, right? :)

  29. Blueberries are so photogenic, I love taking pictures of them! Your cobbler looks incredible! Good luck with the Facebook/Myspace thing, I've never gotten into it. Probably because of all those things you were talking about! Have a good weekend!

  30. I've read so many cobbler posts lately, needless to say I'm craving this! I bet the cornmeal crust was CRUNCHYYY :) Yum!!!

  31. Myspace and Facebook in some ways force you to redefine the notion "friend." At the same time, it's also just a place where people like to show off how many friends they have by friending people they aren't really friends with. After college, I purged my facebook account of people I don't really talk to. But, then I realized I lost the ability to stalk people, and that's not fun.

    Anyhow, I love the idea of cornmeal crust. And you'll get the hang of Facebook.

  32. I understand completely what you are saying about the Myspace friend requests. I had a request to be friends with a person who used to live across the street from me more than 30 years ago. She actually came to my front door and invited me outside to a fist fight because I sent her precious little brat home from my house.

    He was about 6 years old, and I observed him in MY back yard, throwing dirt into the face of my 18 month of daughter. I told her why I sent him home and she accused ME of physical assault on her child because I put my hand on his face to make sure he looked at me when I told him to go home. I did not SLAP, HIT, PUNCH, or in any other way abuse the child, I merely touched him with my hand.

    And she has the nerve to ask me to be her friend?????

  33. Thanks all!

    Karen, that's awful! I don't blame you for not being friends. Serves her right!

  34. This looks great! I can't wait til blueberry season begins so I can make this.

  35. damn I love cobbler and boy does this one look great....I am totally going to make this bad boy this week...I have a facebook and I hardly ever if never update anything

  36. There is something so wonderfully old-timey and delicious about this cobbler.

  37. late comment, i know, but did you know that you can adjust your privacy settings on facebook so that people don't get updated whenever you change profile pics, information, relationship status, etc. it's quite useful.

  38. your cobbler looks delicious! i love fruit anything