ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

Good Blueberry Cobbler

Serves 8. This handwritten recipe has been in my blueberry file for years. It is a delicious cobbler with the bits of apple in with the blueberries, all tucked inside a cream cheese pastry dough. The pastry is made in the food processor. The cobbler part is thin but delicious, especially when you get a bite of the pastry with the berries. It’s not overly sweet.

Pastry

8 tablespoons butter (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon for topping

1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, room temperature

2¼ cups all-purpose flour

¾ teaspoon salt

3½ tablespoons orange juice

1. Add butter and cream cheese to food processor bowl. Measure flour and salt, whisk together and set aside.

2. Process butter and cream cheese in food processor until mixture is well blended and smooth. Add the flour and salt mixture and process just until it’s pebbly.

3. Add orange juice and process with on and off motion until mixture forms a ball. Remove from processor. Wrap ball in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the fruit filling.

Filling

4 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

1 cup sugar

1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch dice or slivers

Juice from ½ lemon, about 1 tablespoon

Zest from 1 lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream, whipped cream or ice cream for topping, optional

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

2. In heavy saucepan, add blueberries, sugar, diced apple, lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil and continue cooking at a medium boil for 10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, stir and remove from heat. The filling will be thin or soupy. Set aside.

3. Remove pastry from refrigerator and divide it in two — make one ball a little larger than the other.

4. Butter a 1½-quart baking dish or bowl. Using your fingertips, flatten out the ball to make a disc and then press the pastry to cover bottom and partially up the sides of the bowl to within 1-inch of the top.

5. Pour filling into prepared bowl.

6. Roll out or pat the remaining pastry over waxed or parchment paper. Cut into strips, rounds or free form shapes. Place that dough over the top of the cobbler (using all the dough). Dot top with remaining 1 tablespoon butter; cut into pieces.

7. Place cobbler in preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until pastry is cooked and light brown.

8. Serve with cream, whipped cream or ice cream if desired.