I'm not sure why, but whenever I'm at the farmer's market and pass by the apricot stand, I simply can't resist picking up a "grab bag" whether or not I even wanted apricots. I'm sure it's not about saving the 20 cents. I think it's the mystery. I know there are apricots inside... the same apricots as are sitting there in the box that I could pick my way through to find only the best ones. But, no, I can't resist the secrets that lie within the bag.
So, as usual, this year my house has been plentiful with apricots. As it turns out, one of those little grab bags is the perfect amount for a cobbler in this cool vintage blue bakeware I recently found.
The cobbler recipe comes from "The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook", although with a few little tweaks here and there. Instead of using just all purpose flour, I substituted in a bit of cornmeal and added a bit of sugar, to give the crust a nuttier flavor. I also balked at the amount of sugar in with the actual fruit... 3/4 of a cup seemed like far, far too much as I added it, so I reduced mine to just over 1/4 cup and let the fruit juices add most of the sweetness. Between the apricots and blueberries, it was plenty sweet and juicy.
This cobbler was destined for a potluck party down the street, welcoming our friends home, so unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of the inside. But trust me on this one, it was as pretty as a picture.
Apricot and Blueberry Cobbler
based on Gladys's Apricot Cobbler from The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market Cookbook
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/2 t salt
1 T cane sugar + a bit more for sprinkling
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 T milk + a bit more for the wash
3 cups sliced, pitted apricots
1 pint of blueberries
1/3 cup cane sugar
2 T all purpose flour
2 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 425F.
Stir together the flour, cornmeal, salt and 1 T of sugar with a fork until well mixed. Whisk together the oil and 2 T of milk, and add to the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until just combined, and then use your fingers to form the dough into a ball. Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper, and press into a flat disc. Cover with another sheet of parchment or waxed paper, and gently roll out, from the center, to fit your baking pan (a deep dish pan, either 9 x 13 rectangle, or a 9 inch round). Set aside.
Fill the bottom of the baking dish with the apricots and blueberries. Shower the fruit, evenly, with the sugar and flour. Then, dot on the butter.
Remove the parchment from the top of the rolled out crust, and lifting from the bottom, gently flip it and place on top of the baking dish, with the bottom parchment on now top. Remove the parchment, and trim off any excess crust. Brush a little bit of milk lightly on the crust, and then sprinkle on just a little granulated sugar.
Cut little slits in the crust, and then bake until the crust is golden brown, about 25 to 35 minutes. Let the cobbler cool at least 10 minutes before serving. I think it's best served hot, with some vanilla ice cream.
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Lara Ferroni is a former tech geek turned food geek who spends her days exploring the food culture of the Pacific Northwest. As a food writer and photographer, you might spy her learning to make kim chee in the back rooms of a local church, foraging for wild berries, or snapping away in the some of the Seattle and Portland's finest kitchens. You can find her work in publications such as Epicurious.com, Gourmet.com, Edible Communities (Seattle, San Francisco), Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan as well as numerous cookbooks, including Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home.