Berry Cobbler vs Berry Crumble

Berry season is right around the corner! So which do you prefer? Berry cobbler with a sugary cake/cookie-like topping? Or would you rather have berry crumble, with crunchy oats and brown sugar on top?

Either way, I’ve got you covered! In both cases, I highly recommend serving with your favorite vanilla ice cream. YUM!

You should be warned, however: once you realize how easy it is to throw together a homemade cobbler/crumble using fresh berries, you’ll have trouble not doing it all the time!

NOTE: You can use frozen berries for both these recipes (do not thaw first). Just know that you’ll need to add more cornstarch, as frozen berries have a higher water content.

Easy Berry Cobbler
(Original recipe: Sally’s Baking Addiction)

4 C (400 g) mixed berries
2 TBSP (25 g) granulated sugar
1 TBSP (7.5 g) cornstarch
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

3/4 C (94 g) all-purpose flour
2-1/2 TBSP (32.5 g) granulated sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 TBSP (42.5 g) butter, cold and cubed
1/4 C (120 ml) buttermilk, cold
For topping before baking: 1/2 TBSP buttermilk and coarse sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 8×8 inch pan.

In a large bowl, gently fold the berries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla extract together until thoroughly combined. Spread filling evenly into prepared pan.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Using a pastry cutter, two forks, or a food processor, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. While slowly stirring, drizzle in 1/4 cup buttermilk. Mix until evenly combined.

Take handfuls of dough and gently flatten out. Place dough all over the top of the berry filling. Brush the top of the biscuit dough with 1/2 TBSP of buttermilk and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. These two are optional, but both help achieve a shiny, crunchy, golden brown crust.

Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden brown and biscuit topping is cooked through (a toothpick inserted comes out clean). Set the pan on a wire rack, then cool for 5 minutes before serving. Excellent served with vanilla ice cream!

Easy Berry Crumble
(Original Recipe: RecipeTinEats)

6 TBSP rolled oats
6 TBSP all purpose flour
6 TBSP brown sugar
1/4 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP ground cinnamon
3 TBSP melted butter

1 lb berries of your choice
1-1/2 TBSP cornstarch
3 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP water
1/2 TSP vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place all topping ingredients except butter in a bowl. Mix with a fork to combine. Add butter and mix to incorporate. Set aside.

Place berries in a second bowl (if necessary, cut larger berries like strawberries or pineberries into medium-sized chunks first). Add cornstarch, sugar, water, and vanilla and toss well to coat evenly.

Pour berry mixture into an 8×8 baking pan. Crumble the topping over the berries, using your fingers to get some nice crumbly chunks.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the topping is deep golden and the berry syrup is bubbling up energetically all around the edges. This guarantees the sauce has thickened sufficiently.

Let stand for a few minutes before serving. Excellent served with vanilla ice cream!

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