The 4th of July has always been a special day in my family as it is my dad’s birthday. When I was younger and still living at home, we would always have a home cooked meal at my grandma’s house, usually accompanied by angel food cake and ice cream. Because of the time difference between the East and West coast, we would watch the beautiful fireworks shows in Washington D.C. and New York on television and then head up to our “special spot” to watch our own fireworks. Because of the location of our ranch, there are areas that have a higher elevation and we can see a large portion of our county. On clear days you can actually see all the way to the ocean. We would drive up to our water tower on a hill, park the truck and listen to music as we waited for the festivities to begin. If it was a clear night, we could watch anywhere from 3-7 firework shows from the cab. In my opinion, we had the best view in the county. It was always such a special time with family and to appreciate just how blessed and fortunate we are to live in the United States.
This week’s recipe is slightly patriotic in appearance from the blue and red colors in the blackberries paired with a white baking dish. It’s all about the red, white and blue, right? Now that I’m living away from home, I’m starting to make my own holiday traditions. Last year I made this recipe for the 4th of July and it was a hit.
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 cups blackberries
- pumpkin pie spice
- brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 325°F. Place butter into an 8x8 inch baking pan and put into the oven while preheating.
- In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and milk.
- Once the butter has completely melted in the pan, remove from the oven; pour batter into the pan.
- Evenly sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over the top; spread the blackberries on top.
- Place baking dish back in the oven for 35-45 minutes. After a few minutes in the oven, sprinkle brown sugar across the top. When done, the top will be golden and the fruit will bubble.
- Let cobbler cool before slightly serving.
This recipe has the tartness from the berries yet is sweet from the topping so it evens everything out. In my opinion, cobbler is best served warm and topped off with some vanilla bean ice cream! I hope you enjoy this recipe surrounded by friends and family, enjoying a beautiful fireworks show.