Monday, June 24, 2013

Blackberry Cobblerettes! By Ellie Grant

By Ellie Grant 

There is more than one way to make a cobbler. I like making mine in a muffin tin so it is an individual treat. This time of year, with blackberries heavy on their branches, I'm craving blackberry cobbler! You can also make peach, which is delicious too. Blackberries are free for me right now, so I think I'll go and pick a handful!

Filler: Pick (or buy) and wash about three cups of fresh blackberries. Add one cup of sugar or sweetener of your choice. Mix well but gently. Add two tablespoons of cornstarch to the mixture, about a cup of water, or juice, if you have it. In a saucepan, mix again on low heat until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

Topping: Mix one and a half cups of all-purpose, or self-rising, flour. If you don’t have self-rising, add one and a half teaspoons of baking powder to the mixture. I don’t add salt or sugar, but if you like you can add one half teaspoon of salt and one of sugar. Combine dry ingredients and then cut in one half cup cold butter or shortening. Add one half cup cold milk to moisten.

To make individual treats, put muffin holders into muffin cup. Add three tablespoons full of blackberry mixture and a tablespoon of the topping for each cup. Bake for thirty minutes or until top is brown.

This is really good with ice cream while still warm!



Who could resist such pies? Who would even want to resist the pie shop that makes them? Certainly not the residents of Durham, North Carolina, and the little bakery and café called Pie in the Sky is one of the most popular meet-up places in town.

Unjustly accused of cooking the books, Maggie Grady is forced to retreat from her high-flying New York financial career to the town where she grew up. Her aunt Clara greets her with open arms and a job at the family-owned business that has baked the best pies in the South for over forty years. Unfortunately, while Maggie is determined to return to banking, her reputation there seems permanently in the pits. That is, until her old boss, Lou, visits with news that he’s found the real crook. Before he can reveal the details, though, Maggie finds his body right behind the pie shop.

With only her own word that Lou planned to exonerate her, Maggie is in the spotlight. The police seem to suspect that Aunt Clara’s damson pie may not be just dangerously delectable, but downright deadly. Maggie doesn’t just have her own name to clear; she has to make sure that her aunt’s beloved business isn’t harmed, either. Yummy local reporter Ryan Summerour appears eager to help, and Maggie can’t help hoping that it’s not just the police who find her a person of interest—but Ryan, as well. She’d thought it challenging to make the perfect pie crust that Aunt Clara demands, but that turns out to be nothing compared with finding a murderer. . . .

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