One of the special pleasures of summer is a warm raspberry cobbler at the end of a leisurely meal on the patio. Cobblers are so easy to throw together and very forgiving of changing dinner schedules. Topping a crumble with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and having the cold meld with the hot fruit is a pretty dreamy way to end a busy summer weekend.
I have a fair number of random superstitions passed on from my mother, but my favorite one by far has to do with being able to make a wish when you first eat a fruit each year. I’m not sure any of those wishes ever came true, but the possibility kept me on the lookout for the arrival of summer produce made me eager to try any fruit. To this day, when I get ready to pop the first summer raspberry in my mouth, I screw my eyes shut and wish really hard. You never know when a wish might come true!
Recipes for cobbler dough are pretty much infinite, and I love that you can customize it on the fly. Throw in a little coconut if you’re feeling a little exotic, a little oatmeal to make you feel healthy, and a little sugar on top to give it a caramel crust. The crumble is little more than a decoration, a little something to give contrast to the star of the dessert: the berries. Each raspberry bursts in your mouth, a little explosion of summer fruit, a little celebration of vacation, fun and relaxation.
I like to serve my fruit crumbles in individual ramekins. It somehow tastes better cradled in your mouth, held close as if to keep anyone from trying to steal your perfect summer dessert.
- 3 Cups of Raspberries or other Mixed Berries, Washed and Dried
- ¼ Cups of Sugar
- ½ Cups of Oatmeal
- ¾ Cups of All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Cup of Brown Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of Butter, room temperature
- Pinch of Salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and thoroughly dry the berries. Toss with the white sugar. Divide evenly between 8 individual ramekins.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, salt and oatmeal. Add the butter and mix well - either with a creaming attachment on the Kitchenaid or by hand.
- Crumble the dough on top of each ramekin. This doesn't need to be perfect. Crumbles are rough looking desserts and this makes them taste better.
- Bake for 15 minutes, until bubbly and golden. Serve warm.