Thursday, July 30, 2009

Blackberry Bonanza

Last weekend we went out to a nearby farm to their annual Blackberry Bonanza. A couple of months ago we went there to pick strawberries. I had never picked any fruit at all until we moved to Virginia, but I really do enjoy it. We met up with a couple of our friends and we had a wonderful time.

Ryan loved picking blackberries. The berries were right on his eye level. He kept trying to eat the red berries, but we did our best to keep them out of his mouth. I have no idea how many delicious blackberries Ryan consumed that day. He was eating them just as fast as we were picking them.

After we picked our berries, we went and played around the farm. They have so many great activities for kids. Ryan and I shared some delicious blackberry ice cream, had a little family lunch and loaded up into the car.

I also made my first ever cobbler. It was SO very good. I have included the recipe below.

Mmmm Mama this are good...

Picking berries with Daddy..

We could not get Ryan to look up for a single picture. He was so distracted by all the fruit within his reach..

The jumping pillow..

Tire mountain...

Blackberry Cobbler - Courtesy of
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour*
  • 1/3 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
In a 10-in. round or oval baking dish, melt 1/2 cup butter; set aside. In a saucepan, heat sugar and water until sugar melts; set aside. Place flour in a mixing bowl; cut in remaining butter until fine crumbs form. Add milk, stirring with a fork until dough leaves sides of bowl. Turn out onto a floured surface; knead three or four times. Roll out to an 11-in. x 9-in. rectangle 1/4 in. thick. Spread berries over dough; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up, jelly-roll style. Cut into 1/4-in. thick slices. Carefully lay slices in baking dish over butter. Pour sugar syrup around slices (syrup will be absorbed). Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over top and bake 15 minutes more. Serve warm or cold. (*If self-rising flour is not available, use 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder.)

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