Fresh Mulberry Cobbler

Photo by Glenn and Judy Helgeland

Fresh berry cobbler is the cornerstone of berry season in the great lakes states, and this recipe by Glenn and Judy Helgeland taps into the underrated mulberry for an easy dish. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or even service berries could be used with this recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 cup water

3 cups fresh mulberries

2 tablespoons butter

Cinnamon

1 additional tablespoon sugar

¾ cup all purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

3 tablespoons shortening

½ cup milk

 DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 1- ½ qt baking dish and set aside. On the stovetop in a medium sized kettle, mix sugar and corn starch.  Gradually add water.  Bring to boil and boil one minute, stirring constantly.  Add fruits and stir gently.  Pour berry mixture into the greased baking dish.  Dot with butter.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.  Stir flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Cut in shortening until the mixture looks like cornmeal.  Stir in milk.  Drop flour mixture by tablespoonsful onto hot fruit.  Bake, uncovered 25-30 minutes until topping is light brown.  Serve warm with fresh whipped cream or ice cream.  6-8 servings.

Picking mulberries is easier if you go at the task from the underside of the leaves. Ripe mulberries hang so loosely that you bump them into your hand or pan more than you pick them. If you accidentally bump a branch, ripe mulberries rain down – so pick carefully, one berry at a time. Don’t try to pick multiple berries at a time; you will lose half of them.

Mulberries are actually trees that can grow quite tall. While some people dislike the mulberry due to the mess they can make when the fruit ripens and drops from the branches, you’ll find that birds love the berries.

Glenn and Judy Helgeland are the publishers of Target Communications Outdoor Books.  Their wild game cookbook, THE WILD PANTRY has more than 200 recipes, plus detailed field dressing, butchering/wrapping and freezing/thawing information. Visit targetcommbooks.com

 

Interested in some additional berry recipes? Check out this blueberry pie recipe.

 

 

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