Crunchy Berry Cobbler

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Sometimes you need something sweet and beautiful quickly and without any hassle for surprise guests or just to treat yourself with minimal fuss. Cobblers are one obvious answer, especially this time of year when you probably still have some frozen berries left over from last summer and you need to make some room for new ones. I used a combo of blueberries and raspberries, which was just lovely, but you can use whatever berries your heart desires.

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The cornstarch transforms the berries into delicious, gooey and thick syrup that just begs to be paired with vanilla ice cream. The star of this cobbler is the crunchy topping that gets its great texture from pecans, walnuts and rolled oats. If you want variety, try different nuts or raisins thrown in the mix.

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This dessert is another great example of how by pairing some very basic ingredients you can create such a tasty treat. You probably have all the ingredients ready in your kitchen. It looks and tastes great served with ice cream and I don’t think there are very many people who could say no to this wonderfully simple but gorgeous cobbler. Try it and you will have a handy go-to recipe to use with all the goodies the summer will bring!

Ingredients

FOR THE COBBLER:
– ¼ cup sugar
– 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
– ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
– 4 cups berries

FOR THE TOPPING:
– ¾ cup flour
– 1/3 cup brown sugar
– ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
– ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
– ¼ cup rolled oats
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– ¼ teaspoon baking soda
– ½ stick cold butter

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with butter.
2. Mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add the berries and swirl together to coat the berries in the mixture. Pour the berry mix into the baking dish and set aside.
3. Make the topping by first cutting the cold butter into small cubes. Then combine flour, brown sugar, pecans, walnuts, rolled oats, cinnamon and baking soda in a bowl. Use your hand to thoroughly combine the ingredients until you have an even texture.
4. Add cubed butter into the bowl. Rub and toss the butter with your hands until it is combined with the dry ingredients.
5. Distribute the topping evenly on the berry mixture. Bake on the center rack for 25 minutes or until the berry mix is bubbling and the topping has gotten a slightly darker brown shade. Let cool for 20 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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