{recipe} Strawberry Chipotle Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuit Topping

My grandma used to make the most delicious cobbler from all of the Oregon berries that grew in her garden. It was sweet and jammy with big, fluffy biscuits baked on top. It’s harder and harder to find that type of cobbler, today, as most people seem to favor something cake-ier or more crumbly. But making the old-fashioned buttery biscuit topping is still my favorite way to make cobbler.

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For this recipe, I decided to modernize a bit by making cornmeal biscuits for more crunch and chewiness, and kicking the strawberries up with some spicy chipotle powder. The smoke and heat of the chipotle goes perfectly with the strawberries, and makes it a little more exciting than your usual run-of-the-mill fruit dessert. A little ice cream or whipped cream to tame the heat is always a welcome addition. This got rave reviews all around my dinner table!

Recipe: Strawberry Chipotle Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuit Topping
serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups quartered strawberries
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder (can use more or less depending how spicy you like things)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tblsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • about 3 Tblsp coarse raw (turbinado) sugar

METHOD:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine strawberries, chipotle powder, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Mix well and let sit for about 10 minutes, then mix again. Pour into 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 square pan and spread out evenly. 
  • Meanwhile, mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add butter and mix with your hands or a pastry cutter, squishing the butter and mixing it with the dry ingredients just until it starts to come together. Don’t overmix it or it will get tough.
  • Stir in the milk with a wooden spoon and mix just to combine. Dough will be a bit sticky.
  • Form into biscuit shapes over the top of the strawberries. Most of the strawberry mixture should be covered by the biscuits, but not all.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until biscuits are golden and cooked through. Cool slightly and serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

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