Using whole almonds in the topping gives it a little color from the skins, but substituting sliced or slivered almonds will work in this recipe, as well.
The level of natural sugar in most fruits is set when harvested, so sample the fruit before making your cobbler. If the fruit is underripe and tastes tart, you can add an extra couple tablespoons of sugar to the fruit filling. Using whole almonds in this topping gives it a little color from the skins, but substituting sliced or slivered almonds will work in this recipe, as well.
Serving Suggestion: Although the cobbler is tasty on its own, if you want to serve it with low-fat ice cream, reduce the serving size to about ½ cup.
Yield: 12 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 large egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole almonds, toasted $
6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/3 cups)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons ice water
10 cup fresh blackberries (about 5 [12-ounce] packages)
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
1. Place 1/3 cup granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer until combined (about 1 minute). Add egg yolk, beating well. Stir in vanilla.
2. Place almonds in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely ground. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine nuts, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add nut mixture to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until a soft dough forms, adding 3 tablespoons ice water, as necessary. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 6 times or until smooth. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; wrap each portion in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour or until firm.
3. Preheat oven to 375°.
4. Combine the remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar, blackberries, cornstarch, and lemon juice; toss gently. Arrange berry mixture in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
5. Unwrap dough. Roll each dough portion into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut one rectangle, crosswise, into (1-inch-wide) strips. Cut remaining rectangle, lengthwise, into (1-inch-wide) strips. Arrange strips in a lattice pattern over fruit mixture; sprinkle dough with turbinado sugar. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until golden. Let stand 10 minutes.
Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light
Amount per serving
Saturated fat: 4.1g
Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g