It's the weekend! I had Thursday off work, which was amazing! I spent the day at the GRAND OPENING of H&M with my friends Lauren and Jamie (you can read more about the amazingness on Lauren's blog). After that exciting shopping trip, I had worked up an appetite! I have been looking for a great recipe to use up the last of the blackberries I picked this summer, and when I found this one on cooks.com, I knew this was it! It's kind of a cross between the most amazing cobbler ever and really delightful cinnamon rolls. I had to adjust it a bit as it was a little lacking in the directions, I also wish I would've used a smaller pan! The recipe says to use a 13x9 inch pan, which turned out to be WAY too big! Too large pan not withstanding, this is easily the best cobbler I have ever had. I almost wrote it off as a failure when I pulled it out of the oven, the rolls had not expanded as much as I thought they would, but I am SO glad I took a bite before making that decision! The cobbler rolls are crunchy and sugary, almost like a soft sugar cookie. The blackberries had released juice during baking which mixed with the sugar sauce to create a jam like sauce that when spooned over the rolls was absolutely fabulous! Be sure to let it sit for at least 15 minutes after removing from the oven to let the sauce thicken up a bit. The recipe says you can make it with any fresh or frozen fruit, so time to break out those frozen summer berries, peaches, nectarines, and I really wanna try it with mangoes! Now the recipe... cause unless you hate delicious food, you should probably go ahead and make this, right. about. now!
Adapted from cooks.com
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup butter (I used vegan)
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening or butter spread (used vegan)
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon milk (used Soy)
3 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (I used about 2 1/2 cups defrosted and drained of excess juice)
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan; stir well.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Set aside. Place the 1/2 cup butter in an 8x8 inch baking dish in a 350 degree oven for 3 minutes or until butter melts. Set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Spread blackberries over dough. Roll up, jelly roll style, beginning with long side. Cut dough into 12 (1 inch) slices.
The easiest way to cut the dough without smooshing it is this: grab your box of dental floss (go with me here, I promise, it works). Tear off a piece of floss (about 10 or so inches). Slide floss under roll, cross ends and pull until floss slices through roll.
Place slices, cut side down, in butter. Pour sugar syrup around slices. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until golden.