Olallieberry/Blackberry Cobbler

eclaire note: you’re in a for a treat, friends! my amazingly talented mom – the one who has inspired so many of my recipes and taught me so much about cooking and baking – offered to guest post her delicious olallieberry/blackberry cobbler, hopefully the first of many guest posts!! enjoy!

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About six months ago Emilie asked me if I would like to do a guest post on her cooking blog. I was excited about her offer and about choosing a recipe to post. I have thought about many of the items that I like to cook and that my family has enjoyed eating, and finally settled on one of my favorite summer recipes. It is special to me because I do not cook it very often – it is a delightful seasonal dish. In years past I made it after a day’s adventure with Emilie and Linnea at one of the berry farms up the coast along Highway One. We would sample as we picked, and we came home with purple fingers and big smiles with purple teeth!

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Swanton Berry Farms, a leader in unionized organic farming, started growing olallieberries at the old Coastways Ranch a few years ago. Picking berries and making cobbler was on my list of top-ten must-do summer activities this year. I called my friends Celia and Peter Scott, and we planned to go up the coast highway to pick olallieberries at Swanton Berry Farm on Sunday, July 31st. When we got to the berry farm, we found that the olallieberry and blackberry fields were closed because there were not enough ripe berries available for picking.

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So we took a walk around their strawberry fields on the bluffs just south of Ano Nuevo State Beach, and enjoyed the ocean views, the beautiful berry plants with plentiful white flowers and many ripe red fruits, and the local wildflowers. We decided not to pick strawberries but to check out the Pie Ranch produce barn a few miles north to see if they had any olallieberries for sale. They didn’t have any olallieberries, but we did buy vegetables and some of the flour that they make from wheat that they grow on their farm. Then, we headed south to the Swanton Berry Farm store where we found strawberries and blackberries, plus their delicious baked goodies and jams. I decided to substitute blackberries for olallieberries and proceed with making the cobbler with fruit from the farm store.

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I had a great time making the cobbler and taking photos of the experience. I had been invited to have dinner with my friends Lisa, Yasmine, and Gracie at Lisa’s house, and I took the cobbler to share for dessert. Yasmine brought some frozen vanilla soy cream, and it melted perfectly on the warm cobbler. I only took photos of the cooking, so you will have to imagine the coastal berry farms, the farm stands with their organic delicacies, and the summer dinner with friends at a sunny house on the eastside of Santa Cruz. It was a beautiful day!

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one year ago: ragout over polenta
two years ago: gazpacho
three years ago: best chocolate chip cookies

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Olallieberry/Blackberry Cobbler

Yields 8-12 servings

  • 1T butter for greasing the pie dish
  • 5-6c fresh olallie or black berries
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1T quick-cooking tapioca
  • ½t orange zest, optional
  • 2c flour, sifted
  • 2½t baking powder (Rumford!!)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2T sugar
  • 4T butter
  • 3/4c (soy) milk
  • 2T butter
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter a deep pie dish, then set aside
  3. Place the berries, 3/4c sugar, cinnamon, tapioca, and zest (if using) in a large bowl and mix together, tossing gently
  4. Mix the sifted flour, baking powder, salt, and 2T sugar in a separate bowl
  5. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients
  6. Stir in the (soy) milk
  7. Turn dough onto lightly floured board
  8. Roll to a thin, large circle
  9. Place in and over deep pie dish, letting at least 2″ hang over on all sides
  10. Cut 2T butter in small pieces and distribute over berries
  11. Pull up crust over berries
  12. Optional – brush dough with milk and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  13. Bake for 35 minutes, and enjoy!!

2 Responses

  1. KellyMac Says:

    yay- thanks for the post, ladies! I can’t wait to be back in amazing berryland.

    best

    Kelly

  2. em Says:

    @Kelly: I’m glad you enjoyed the post! When are you heading back to “berry land”?

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