Balsamic Berry Walnut Cobbler with Bourbon Cream
When pouring over my recipes for that perfect ending to a three course meal for the Finale of The Great American Recipe, it came down to Jenny's Banana Pudding or my Aunt Fred's Cobbler. After a pretty intense pros and cons session, the cobbler won!
This cobbler is a simple recipe that harkens back to the kitchen of my Aunt Fred from the hills of West Virginia. I straight up Brian-ified this recipe by adding a few of my favorite flavors and took it from the hollers of West Virginia to the Bluegrass State with some bourbon whipped cream.
8 ounces butter, unsalted
1 cup flour, all purpose
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter milk
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
a few leaves of mint, crumbled
¼ cup walnuts
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon Kentucky bourbon
¼ cup confectioners sugar
For The Cobbler
For The Whipped Cream
First Things First
Place a metal mixing bowl in the freezer for later.
For The Cobbler
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Slice up the strawberries and mix with whole raspberries, the balsamic vinegar, mint and ½ cup of sugar.
With the walnuts, melt 1 stick of butter in an 8x8x2 pan.
Mix the flour, baking powder, butter milk and 1 cup of sugar into a batter. Mix thoroughly.
Pour the batter over the melted butter.
Add the fruit to the top of the batter, taking care to distribute dollops across the cobbler.
Using a spatula, gently push the fruit and batter around to disperse. Do not mix.
Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup sugar on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
For the Whipped Cream
Get that bowl out of the freezer.
Add whipping cream to the frozen bowl.
Using a whisk, beat the whipping cream to soft peaks. Do not over mix or you'll have butter.
Add a tablespoon of whiskey and whip back to soft peaks.
Add confectioners sugar and whip back to soft peaks.
Let the cobbler cool then serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
This recipe is pretty forgiving when it comes to ingredients - literally any berry works - blackberries and blueberries are also favorite additions.
If you don't do bourbon, you can leave it out of the whipped cream. Instead add a few drops of almond extract to amp it up!
You can totally use a hand/stand mixer to make the whipped cream. I just like to make whipped cream by hand. Keeps you humble.