Wild Louisiana Blackberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 1½ Hours

Yields: 8 Servings


Blackberries have been a part of the culinary repertoire of Bayou Country for centuries. Fresh blackberries are abundant in Louisiana and can be found growing wild in many areas of the state. The berry is of course used in every type of dish: from jams and jellies to cobblers and pies, and even in barbecue sauces.

Ingredients for Filling:

6 cups fresh wild blackberries

¼ cup water

1¾ cups sugar

3 tbsps flour

pinch salt

pinch cinnamon

pinch nutmeg

pinch allspice

Method for Filling:

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a 9-inch, cast iron skillet, combine fruit and water over medium-high heat. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce to simmer. In a small mixing bowl, blend sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Pour sugar mixture into fruit mixture and cook 2–3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly until thickened and well blended. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Ingredients for Topping:

1 cup flour

½ cup sugar

2 tsps baking powder

¾ cup milk

½ tsp salt

fresh blackberries for garnish, optional

powdered sugar for garnish, optional

fresh mint sprig for garnish, optional

Method for Topping:

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Whisk until well blended. Pour batter in an irregular pattern over center of fruit mixture in skillet. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown. If desired, garnish cobbler with fresh blackberries, powdered sugar and sprig of mint.