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Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

Don’t let Strawberry Season slip you by without trying this quick and easy Strawberry Cobbler Recipe.  All you need are some fresh Strawberries and a few ingredients you will most likely already have in your kitchen.  It’s crumbly crust topping turns out sweet and crunchy and isn’t one of those all bread type of crusts.  It’s a great way to cook up a quick and simple dessert all the family will enjoy.

Recipe:  Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry season came a little early this year in the South due to the warm weather we’ve had.  There were a couple of nights though that were of concern because it got back down to almost freezing.  We all prayed for the best in hopes the frost wouldn’t hurt the plants that were already bearing green berries.  Thankfully, even though we came close, the berries made it and are in plentiful supply all around us.

One of our sponsors on the radio program I host sells Strawberries and I kept waiting for them to start advertising their berries again for this year.  They started just a week or so ago and I’ve been trying to figure out which recipes I should work on first.  I’ve waited a week or s0 to get some sweeter berries and I wasn’t disappointed on Saturday when I finally picked up my first bucket.  Yes, FIRST bucket, I’ll be going back over the next couple of weeks for more….there’s just so many things you can do with them.

It was about 3pm on Saturday afternoon when I stopped in at Harrington Farms.  We have several large farms in our area that sell Strawberries already picked or will let you pick-your-own.  My days of picking my own are probably gone forever.  The old legs and knees just can’t take that kind of thing any longer.  Berries grow too close to the ground for me it seems.

Tammy was behind the counter as I entered the small building.  A lady had entered just in front of me and we both walked over to look at the already picked Strawberries on the counter.  I did notice a couple of folks out in the field that were picking their own as I parked my car.

Tammy and I talked about making jams as she rung up my purchase.  She also told me about a Strawberry Pie type of recipe that I’m eager to give a try.  I told her about Taste of Southern so I hope she’ll be willing to share the recipe with us soon.  With that, I grabbed my bucket and headed for the car.  I was headed out for supper with some friends and then to the auction.  I knew it would be Sunday afternoon before I got to do anything with my Strawberries.  Fortunately, I sat them in the front floorboard….out of arms reach….as I drove away.  Otherwise, a lot of them would have never made it home.

Strawberry Cobbler, these are the ingredients you will need.

Strawberry Cobbler Recipe:  You’ll need these ingredients.

How long has it been since you’ve seen one of those little wooden crates?  Years back, all your berries, peaches, etc., would come in those type of crates.  After that, they started using those green plastic crates with the little holes all in them.  From there, you started seeing the green Styrofoam type of box and most recently, you’ll find the clear plastic boxes being used these days in most grocery stores.  Roadside stands and area farmers selling Strawberries are using cardboard flats or white plastic buckets for the most part to transport their berries.

I picked up about 6 of these little wooden baskets at our local auction recently.  At the auction is where you’ll generally find me on Friday and Saturday nights.  When these came up for auction, I knew I had to have them.  In my mind’s eye, I could already see them filled with delicious fresh Strawberries in one of my recipes listed here on Taste of Southern.  Of course, you can still buy them brand new today on EBay or from various suppliers around the country.  I never considered that though as I liked the “vintage” look these used ones had.

Back when I was a youngster, my dad operated a roadside fruit stand.  We sold all types of produce straight from our gardens.  We had one garden right behind our house, one behind our neighbors house and one a couple of blocks away at another friends house.  I guess I got off pretty easy with it though.  Daddy worked the gardens and left me home to run the fruit stand.  I could sit in the living room with the front door open and see when a car stopped or when someone just walked up to the stand.  We didn’t have air conditioning so the front door was open, covered with a wooden screen door.  It was pretty neat because I got to watch all my favorite cartoon shows and programs until someone stopped out front.  I remember we sold tomatoes from our garden at 3lbs for 1.00 most all the time.  We had squash, green beans, peas, cucumbers and other such items.  Daddy would buy some other things that we sold as well, like banana’s, apples, watermelons and grocery store bread.  Yep, the bread man would stop and restock our little fruit stand just like he did the grocery store that was sort of across the street.

We used a good deal of those little wooden type baskets back then.  It had been a long time since I’d seen any so as I said, I knew I pretty much had to have them.  I think I ended up paying about 3.00 for all of them.  Funny how the little things like that can bring back so many memories.  How about you?  What sparks a memory from your childhood?

Are you ready for some Strawberry Cobbler?  Alright then…..Let’s Get Cooking!

Remove the hulls or tops from the Strawberries.

I like to remove the “hull” or top from the Strawberries first.  You can purchase a little tool made specifically for the job for about a dollar.  But guess what…I don’t have one….go figure.  Instead, I just use a paring knife and cut the green tops, or hulls as they are called, away from the berry.  Normally I just dump all the berries in my sink, cut the tops off and place the Strawberries in a colander.

You’ll want to toss out any bruised or damaged berries all together.  If you find a berry with a bad spot, you can usually just cut that away and use the remaining part of the berry.

Strawberries will ripen quickly once picked.  Unfortunately though, they don’t get any sweeter as they ripen.  Also, don’t wash them until just before you’re ready to eat them fresh or use them in your favorite recipe.

Remove the tops from all the Strawberries.

You’ll need to do this for all of your Strawberries.  Throw all the hulls away, rinse the sink and dump the trimmed berries back into the sink.  We need to wash them next.

Wash each berry.

You don’t want to just fill the sink with water and soak the Strawberries as you wash them.  Instead, I just let the water run a little and wash each individual berry by hand, one at a time.  It’s just the way I am.  I want to be sure I get all the dirt out of the wrinkles and crevices on some of the berries and, to make sure I wash away all the little remaining pieces of stems or leaves.  It really doesn’t take as long as you might think.

Drain the berries.

As I wash each one, I place it back in the colander.  When I’m finished, I give them all a final quick rinse and then just let them sit in the sink a few minutes to drain.  Don’t they look all fresh and sparkly clean?

Place the berries in a bowl.

Now, place the berries in a large bowl.

Sprinkle with sugar.

You could certainly slice them up if that’s what you prefer.  I decided to just leave them whole for this cobbler.  I then sprinkled 1/4th cup of Sugar over the berries.  If by chance your berries aren’t all that sweet, you could certainly add a bit more sugar at this point.  It’s up to you.

Toss gently to coat all the berries.

Use a large spoon and gently toss all the berries to coat them with the sugar.  The sugar will start pulling the juice out of the berries.

Butter up the baking dish.

I’m using a 2 quart casserole – baking dish.  As you’ll see, my berries filled it up.  Make sure you use a deep enough dish or you’ll end up with one more big mess inside your oven as they bubble over during cooking.  Grab about another Tablespoon of butter and rub it all over the inside of the dish.  Coat it well, bottom and sides.

Add the sugar coated Strawberries to the dish.

Add the sugar coated Strawberries to the baking dish.  Just dump’em in and spread them around as evenly as possible.

In another bowl, add the flour.

In another bowl, add the Flour.

Add the brown sugar.

Add the Brown Sugar.

Add the regular sugar.

Add the remaining regular white Sugar.

Add the slightly beaten egg.

Slightly beat one egg and add it into the dry ingredients.

Stir this up until it's like small peas.

Use a fork and stir all the ingredients together.  It will form small lumps about the size of a pea but, that’s exactly what you want.

Pour mixture over the berries.

Pour this mixture over the top of your Strawberries.  Use the fork to gently spread it out evenly over the top as much as possible.

Melt the butter.

Melt the 1/2 stick of Butter.  If you’re using the microwave, melt it slowly, about 10 seconds at a time to avoid making a big old mess.

Drizzle the melted butter over the topping.

Drizzle the melted Butter over the topping.

Bake at 350º for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is done and slightly brown.  Don’t let it burn.

Remove from oven and let cool.

Remove the cobbler from the oven and place on a towel or cooling rack and let it cool.  You can’t tell from this picture but, this is straight out of the oven and the juice is still bubbling all around the edges.  It gets HOT!

Serve and Enjoy.

Serve and Enjoy!

You can serve this warm with a little Whipped Topping or maybe some Ice Cream.  It’s also very good when allowed to cool and then refrigerate it for awhile to serve it cold.  Either way, I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know how you like it.

The topping is sweet within itself.  You’ll probably find some of the berries to be sweet and some of them to be a bit tart.  It’s that sweet and sour type of taste that makes it so good I think.  I do hope you like it.

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