This is a typical American dessert during the summer! It's similar to pie but much easier to make! Instead of blackberries, other fruits such as peach, cherry, or apple cobblers are also popular. Serve this piping hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! This recipe uses American measurements (1 cup = 240 ml).
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 1.5QT (1.5L) heat-resistant pan with butter.
Filling: Place the cornstarch and cold water in a large bowl and mix well. Add the blackberries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Mix together well. Once combined, place into a thick, enamel pot.
[Make the biscuits] Add the all purpose flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, lemon peel, and salt into a medium sized bowl. Use a whisk to stir together while allowing air to mix in.
Cut the cold butter into 1 cm cubes and add to Step 3. Use a pastry blender or 2 dinner knives to mix the butter into the powder using cutting motions (do not knead). Once it becomes fine and crumbly, add the hot water and use a spatula to gather the dough together. (The dough should be sticky.)
Turn the heat for Step 2 to medium and bring it to a boil as you stir with a wooden spoon. (It will burn easily, so be careful!) Once it begins to bubble, pour into the previously buttered pan.
Use a spoon to drop bunches of the dough from Step 4 onto the blackberry filling from Step 5.
Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. (Bake until the biscuit dough becomes nicely browned.) If your pan is like the picture and there isn't much space left on the top, there is a chance that it will overflow, so it's best to place a piece of parchment paper on the oven rack underneath the pan.
It's done! (The pan I used is a Le Creuset Deep Dish.)
This one is made with a Le Creuset 9 in (23 cm) square pan.
Story Behind this Recipe
Americans (especially in the South) love cobbler! Cobbler is a pie without a bottom. There are also recipes that make the biscuits with pie crusts. Since a lot of cobblers I've had in the States were so sweet, I decreased the sugar.
This is easy to make. If you can get the ingredients, then you can make this quickly. It tastes better if you wait 30 minutes after it bakes and then enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The biscuits are crispy and fluffy!