Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Gooey Blackberry Peach (or Nectarine) Cobbler ~ A Recipe

Have you ever ended up with a bunch of lip-puckering fruit or berries? On a recent blackberry-picking trek, my four-year-old didn't learn until half way through our day how to decipher that the big, dark, juicy berries were the sweetest and the ones with pink still in them are tart. So we ended up with a few sour, pinkish blackberries. Blinkberries? Either way, this is the perfect recipe for tart fruit and berries. It definitely enhances this dish. An added bonus, the oats are soaked to release the very helpful phytase enzyme to encourage nutrient absorption and digestion. I can't tell you the feel of a-job-well-done it gave me when all four children agreed that this cobbler was their favorite over any other cobblers or crisps I've made in the past. They have no problem giving me their honest opinion, especially when it comes to food, so this was a big deal for my nourishing-food-loving mother-heart.

The cinnamon and nutmeg give my taste buds a happy reminder that Autumn is approaching. The weather outside give a hot reminder that it is definitely still summer... I wait in patience for you, Fall. :)

Gooey Blackberry Peach (or Nectarine) Cobbler
2 cups oats
2 cups water
3 Tablespoons cultured dairy (buttermilk, kefir, yogurt)
6-8 peaches or nectarines (or a mixture), cored and sliced (and peeled if you have time. I prefer the nectarines with their skins on, and if you don't have time to peel the peaches, your family and friends will be blessed with extra fiber. :) )
1 1/2 cups blackberries
1 1/2 cups rapadura (the second-best choice would be turbinado, and if you only have brown sugar, that's what you use)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2/3 cup butter or coconut oil (or a mixture)

Soak oats in water and cultured dairy for 8-12 hours (I started soaking them in the morning so they'd be ready to use tonight for dessert.)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter 9 x 13-inch pan. Place peaches, then berries in pan (as you can see, I stored our gathered blackberries in the freezer. No need to thaw if you're using frozen berries, too)

Combine soaked oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter (softened or cut in slices). It will resemble oatmeal. Pour over fruit.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve warm.


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