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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mixed Berry Cobbler & A Giveaway!


Mixed Berry Sorghum Cobbler!

First, I hope you are all having a wonderful day, Dearies! And thank you for all of your supportive, sweet comments left throughout the last week.

This is my mixed berry cobbler. I know it is midsummer in many parts of the world, and many of you are probably in cobbler overload. But I have to share this version for multiple reasons. The main reason is its wholesome deliciousness. I have made a few different cobblers recently with different fruit to sugar to starch ratios and, of course, an array of crumb toppings. This one is the best hands down!

Another reason is that this cobbler is made with inexpensive, organic berries from Whole Foods freezer section. Have you checked it out? A 10 oz. bag of frozen, organic blackberries is $2.69. Try buying 10oz. of conventional or organic blackberries fresh and see what you pay! So this recipe is super healthful and still budget friendly.

The last thing is that my 'crumb' topping is high fiber, low fat, and gluten-free. I can thank Claudia a.k.a. Foodessa for this feat! Claudia introduced me to sweet sorghum flour, which is an excellent gluten free flour in certain applications. I originally wanted to showcase sweet sorghum in a more fantastic way than cobbler, but after tasting this one today I no longer feel that way. You can also see Claudia's beautiful, gluten free sorghum cake that requires no xanthum gum at her blog, Foodessa! It's listed in my side bar if you are a fan of all things gluten-free.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 4 ramekins with oil.

For the topping:
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1/3 Cup Sweet Sorghum Flour
1 Tbsp. Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup or Honey
2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

In a bowl, mix the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon & salt thoroughly. Add the syrup and oil and combine till you have a crumb like look to the mix. Do not over mix! Set aside.

For the fruit cobbler:
3 1/4-3 1/2 Cups of Frozen Berries*
1/3 Cup of packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 Tbsp. Corn Starch
1 Tbsp. Fresh Lime/Lemon Juice
*I used 1 bag of blackberries and then supplemented with strawberry & mango to reach 3 1/2 Cups of fruit.

Place berries in a large bowl. Measure out the sugar in a measuring cup and mix it with the corn starch. Pour the sugar mixture over the berries and distribute evenly. Add the lime juice and distribute properly. Place the berries in 4 ramekins being sure to overload the ramekin (the berries will shrink down when baking). Also be sure to scrape the sugar from the bowl over the berries. Divide the crumb topping between the ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before eating.

Serve with coconut or dairy whipped cream. Enjoy!

& A Lovely Giveaway...!

I was recently contacted by The CSN stores. They are offering an $80 gift certificate to one of my devoted readers, and I'm very excited about it. CSN stores have so many lovely items from kitchenware to dining room furniture to bedding and pretty much anything else you can imagine. In fact, one of my favorite kitchen items, my Le Creuset tart pan, is from The CSN stores. This sturdy, well crafted tart pan is just one of the many examples of the type of quality kitchen and furniture items sold by CSN.

So what do you have to do to get it? Well, you can sign up as a follower of my blog or receive my posts via e-mail. The 'follow' button is at the top of this page if you'd like to do that. I'd love it if you did, but you certainly don't have to do so. *The only thing you really need to do is leave me a comment as to why you need or want this certificate. Please leave your e-mail address, so I will be able to contact you in case you win-this is important :)! I will use a random generator to pick a winner on August 5th, 2010.

Here are some tidbit facts that may apply to you:
1. This contest is open to American & Canadian readers.
2. This contest is open to bloggers & non-bloggers alike.
3. Shipping charges/international fees may apply to Canadian addresses.
4. If you are a blogger & win, it would be nice if you posted about your loot!

Good Luck!


  1. This looks great Stella! Healthy and whimsical with the coconut cream. As for the gift card, my dream is to have a creuset pan. It is hard being a starving student and all affording william sonoma products.

  2. I love cobblers! I pretty much just found out the difference between cobblers and crumbles the other day, thanks to the food network lol. I wish I could enter this contest :(

  3. Awe, sorry Le! There will be other contests. I guess shipping is just too much of a problem, etc...

  4. What a yummy sounding cobbler. I just love Whole Foods :)

  5. Hey Stella! Hope all is well with you and Cauldron Boy. You know, I don't think I've ever tried cobbler before. Yours looks mighty delicious! I love the finishing touch with the coconut whipped cream! Definitely some yummy in my tummy! I wish we had whole foods over here. I always feel so deprived when I read about all the great stuff you can get there on many of the food blogs I stalk. Haha.

    How did you score an $80 gift certificate when I only got a $40 one? Guess they give more if your dishes are better. Lol. If that's the case then I have no complaints (big smile). I'd love to get the hubby a meat thermometer so he can finally cook his meats to the perfect doness. And I'd love to get me so proper measuring spoons. Gotta start somewhere if I'm going to start baking better. Right now I just use regular teaspoons and tablespoons for measuring. Can we still be friends? Haha. Oh and I'm already an email subscriber. I will come back and follow your blog later tonight as I'm on my phone right now. Have a great Thursday Stella.

  6. Ooooooo! I just LOVE berry cobbler! I'm no familiar with sorghum, but it sounds very intruiging. And the coconut cream?! This just sounds perfectly dreamy!

  7. Stellina...how incredibly sweet to give me so much credit...however, it truly belongs to you who was ready and willing to experiment along with me.
    I got other things baked with the Sorghum flour and can't wait to share these successful experiments.

    I have to admit...cobblers have never been on my top ten dessert fantasies. However, since you've made such an effort...I'll just have to place it on my Sweets radar and give it a go ;o)

    Great giveaway...and just so that you know...you've been on my blogroll from the very beginning ;o)

    Good luck everyone and flavourful wishes,

  8. Oh my, I would be all OVER that cobbler with coconut cream... looks amazing! I budget-shop frozen fruit too, especially berries.

    I'd like to enter the giveaway, please! Ever since my dad got a great All-Clad pot for Christmas, I've been yenning for one of my own. It looks like the store has a nice selection, so that's what I'll get if I win :) Thanks for hosting!

  9. Hi, Stella!
    There is no such thing as cobbler overload. :D I could easily make them over and over...especially these. I love that you made a healthier version that included coconut cream!

    Congratulations on CSN wanting to use your lovely blog! I feel as though I should not press my luck any further, but I could really use a nice, high cake stand for photos and for easier frosting. ♥

  10. Stella this cobbler look really nice, huggs.gloria

  11. Stella I'm always so impressed with everything you make... I wish I could be more like you in the kitchen. Is there a magical concoction I could drink so I could have the same culinary ability as you? :)

  12. oh, too bad I'm not qualified for the giveaway.. :(

    the cobbler looks really delicious, I love the coconut cream on top! :)

  13. Your cobbler looks so great! I was going to make cobbler and coconut cream today too but got lazy haha Now I am wishing that I did!

    For the giveaway why I want to be the winner is because I could really use more cookware. I live with all meat-eaters and it gets really frustrating having to share pots with them. I would love to have some pots that never touched meat but due to the bad economy right now, its a little hard. The gift card could really come in handy for me. Thank you for having such a great giveaway on your blog!

  14. Hi Stella, I would rather have a bite of your cobbler than anything else right now, it looks sooo yummy. I'm a big crisp topping fan and always like to try new recipes, I have to get some of the sorghum flour and give your recipe a try:-)

  15. hi stella, i don't think i've had cobbler before. but your concoction looks delicious, as usual.
    too bad the giveaway is so far from here, maybe next time you can have your broom delivered them to me :)
    here's something to add to your magic brew, the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD...

  16. I am going to have to try sweet sorghum flour. This cobbler sounds too good!

    This is a great giveaway. I suppose I could use a new casserole dish.

  17. I love crumbles but have never made a cobbler. Love the coconut cream topping. Maybe I should try making one now? :) Your pictures certainly are encouragement enough!

    I'm sure regular flour would be just as delicious though, as I can't get sweet sorghum flour?

  18. Hello Stella, How are you?
    Thanks for your kind messages. I have been missing over the last weeks for exams and lack of camera excuses. Hahaha. I'm still on the look out for one.

    Looks like you've again made heaps of yummy goodies( choc muffin, the pasta)...

    And here,
    Sorghum flour. What's that like?
    Cobbler looks perfect for the freezing winter here. Does that one included in the give away? Hahaha.

  19. I've recently been converted to cobblers, which I've been 'cobbling together' for dessert, haha. Considering it's winter over here, they are the perfect dessert. I am going to get some sorghum flour this weekend and try out your version. It looks scrumptious :D

  20. Wow, I love fresh cobbler. My little bushes are just loaded this year. I have mainly been picking them and delivering them to my elderly neighbors who can't get out anymore, but I think I will do a little cobbler for myself and probably a big one to share with the neighbors. Yummy recipes thanks for sharing.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter my name into the giveaway, too. I really appreciate it. If I were to win, I would put the $80 towards finally getting the Cuisinart food processor I have been begging for.

    dizzybloom at gmail dot com

    Oh I am a follower and an email susbcriber.

  21. i already follow you! but i could always use more bakeware!

  22. Wow, great cobbler.
    I love them any time of the year.
    Wishing you a great weekend ♥

  23. I'm a follower and I need a timbuk2 bag for all my stuff! Thanks for this giveaway!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  24. Oh, I haven't yet made cobbler this summer! I better get on that! Thanks for the reminder, Stella. This cobbler looks fantastic.

    And what a sweet giveaway! I've been drooling over tart pans for months so I'd love to get one! :)

  25. Oooh...your berry cobbler looks fantastic. I use sweet sorghum flour with some of my gluten free breads. Have a great weekend!

  26. I agree that Whole Foods has some of the best deals on frozen fruit, which is surprising considering that most of their store is ridiculously expensive!

    I love cobblers and I am so impressed that you made this one with gluten-free flour and so little sugar. It looks delicious!

  27. I adore the cobbles...but haven't tried with Sorghum topping...this is entirely healthy and tempting!

  28. i need some more supplies! :)

  29. I've never made cobbler-but I think I will now! I could use the gc because we recently transitioned from living full time in an rv to living in a house and I don't have hardly anything to cook or bake with!

  30. I like the coconut cream on the cobbler. That sounds particularly good! As far as the giveaway...who doesn't need more kitchen goodies?!

  31. I would love a gift card! As a poor college student my parents discourage me from baking, I should be studying~ and I would feel bad mooching off of them so I don't ask for baking essentials like a whisk or a cookie sheet but what I really want is a food processor!
    ps omg coconut cream!

  32. I am looking to start my own bakery and need as much help as I can get. $80 would be great!

  33. mouthwatering cobbler..i have a sweet tooth....lovely giveaway

  34. Stella, there's no such thing in my world as "cobbler overload" and this looks like a good one! As to why I "need or want this certificate:" Because I'm a greedy gatherer of kitchen gadgetry, that's why!

  35. I've been drooling over CSN's collection of copper pots, but they're so pricey! Winning this certificate would sure help!

  36. Cobblers are my favorite summer dessert, and yours look awesome! Crazy enough, I also have a giveaway going on on my blog! I hope you'll stop by to check it out :)

  37. A delicious and original cobbler! A pity I don't live in the US or Canada...



  38. First time I have visited your blog...the cobbler looks yummy! I might have to come back! I would love a Le Creuset pan...


  39. I'd love to have some bakeware to create treats and memories with my family. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Angie L.

  40. Mmmmm.... it's been ages since I've made a crumble (I know! You'd think at the peak of fruity perfection, i'd be all over it). I think because if it's summer time, I'll enjoy those summer fruits au naturel. But if I have abundance, I'll know what to do to make a nice, healthy alternative. Genius as always!

    Oh wow.... I could always use more kitchen anything! I'd actually like to get some Cuisipro spatulas. My sister got a couple and I am in LOVE. That'd be ideal... lol ;)

  41. Ok here's my pitch to win this giveaway:

    I just moved to Chicago from Portland, Oregon for an unpaid PR internship. I am broke as all heck, to say the least... but since I am young, it is all part of the fun.

    One of the things I've been missing about home so far (besides family & friends) is the ability to cook elaborate dishes. My roommates (whom I met via craigslist...) are the dirtiest people on the planet! But more to the point, they don't cook, so we literally have nothing in the way of kitchen tools.

    If I were to win this Giveaway, I would use up every cent just to get a decent pitcher (recently become obsessed with Agua Fresca, but the plastic pitcher/jug we have isn't very elegant...), and if I could afford it, a blender as well. I've sooo under estimated the importance of owning a blender, or processor.

    In one final plea, I'll add that I don't need any of this stuff. As I said, being poor, and living with a bare bones kitchen has been part of the adventure of moving to Chicago. But in my experience the best gifts are not necessarily the things you need, but the things you simply wouldn't spend your money on.

    I'm not going to go buy a blender, or a pitcher, or a decent knife for that matter, because I know I can live without it. Boy... how sweet it would be though, I dare to dream.

  42. I don't own a tart pan, so I've never made a tart in my life...yet. I'd love to try!

  43. Coconute whipped cream... what a great idea!

  44. Fruit based desserts are one of my weakness, hmmm fruits in their juices with a crunchy top! Wonderful recipe!

  45. I never made a Cobbler but I'm dying to make one. It looks delicious, with some crunchy on top. Awesome. Have a nice weekend Stella.

  46. Mm yum! And that's just about perfect for us as it's Mid Winter here. Thankyou! :D

  47. Hi there! Great post-I cant wait to try coconut cream with my next cobbler!
    My reason for hoping to win the gift-card is that I see they're having a 60% close-out sale on Le Creuset! I'm just getting started on real cooking so I don't have allot of the accouterments, plus, who wouldn't take that deal, eh!

    Cheers, Liz
    toby1kanobe at hotmaildotcom.

  48. Lovely cobbler! Must try soon.

  49. I love how many delicious things this cobbler has going on! First of all the fresh berries, which are just fantastic. And then, of course, there are all the healthy ingredients you've infused into it. Delicious.

  50. I always try to look out for organic berries. :D...I am still on the hunt of my next new stainless steel wok and hopefully could get it from the CSN stores. You all rock!

  51. I am a new follower and I would love to win because I need to buy birthday presents for my child and niece.They really want a play kitchen so I think that would be what I would buy.
    got my fingers crossed.

  52. Hi Stella

    what a great gluten free cobbler! and no how could anyone ever get tired of cobblers!!I have to ask is there anything wrong with using xanthum gum? I am getting ready to try some gluten free recipes.
    Good luck with your giveaway thats a great gift certificate to win!! gotta love those folks at CSN!

  53. Stella, thank you for your concern as to where I was! It means a lot. :) And I did have loads of fun with my friend, thanks!

    Your cobbler looks amazing. I haven't had cobbler in ages so I really miss it. :) And I adore the organic frozen fruit section at Whole Foods! I wish the bags were a little bigger but it's seriously the best prices I've ever seen on frozen fruit there, organic or not.

    I'd love a salad spinner from CSN but I'd probably ask my mom if we need anything if I won haha.

  54. Mmmm cobbler :) Only second to apple or berry crisps!

    I would love to get some new cookware. I am moving into a new place for school next week and will only have a microwave and rice cooker--enough to get by, but with my passion for cooking I could definitely use another gadget or two. Thanks for the giveaway!


  55. I personally can never get enough of berries.

  56. I didn't know there was such a thing as cobbler over-load. Must be a Canadian thing. We Californians thrive on cobblers. And I need one of those Le Crueset tart pans really bad.

  57. That is one berry berry delicious fruity cobbler.

  58. Hey Stella! I know I have already left a comment earlier but this is in reply to your question about GF breads. I did leave a reply on my blog and also wrote you an e-mail. I hope I got the right address. Do check and let me know in case you have not seen it :)

  59. Lovely dessert with all the berries there. Would love to try. It's just so healthy.

  60. Hey Biren, thanks! I'll check now...

  61. I need a kitchen scale! I think I'm starting to sink into another bread phase. I should stop measuring my ingredients by volume and do it by weight for more consistent,accurate results.

    counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

  62. Stella, your berry cobbler look awesome, love the simplicity of this dessert :-)

  63. Stella!! The email subscription will be my 2 birds with one stone because I was going to do it today. I keep missing you new post!

    Guess what, I'm about to make berry cobbler too. We must have the same mind-thinking :D This looks wonderful! It makes me crave more.

  64. Your single serve cobblers are fabulous and so are those darling ramekins. I'm such a sucker for cute ramekins! CSN is as dangerous as Ikea! I follow you and I'd love to win your fun giveaway. I'm sure I don't need to win but it sure would be fun! :)

  65. Mmm, those look so amazing!
    I am a bog follower, and we just bought a charming 80 year old house, and are moving in a month. The kitchen needs some prettiness and a timer and cookie sheets and glass jars...the list I have just goes on and on! CSN would be the perfect place to shop.

  66. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

  67. Hey, daughter. I'm going to make this blackberry cobbler dessert tonight. Looks good. Oh, the freeby - I want it because I love free things; how does that sound!

  68. That cobbler looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest here!

  69. This looks delicious! As for the giftcard, I would be buying all the nordicware baking pans I could- they're adorable!

  70. ps my email is jen.kemp@yahoo.com :)


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