Lemon Berry Cobbler

Forget pies, y’all. Cobblers are where it’s at. This is probably one of the easiest, most satisfying desserts you can make. The bottom fruit layer only takes about a minute to mix together and the top layer, which is like a sweet biscuit, takes just a few minutes more. And the combination of sweet and tart flavors in this Lemon Berry Cobbler is the perfect end to any meal. (Or a wonderfully sinful breakfast, but I didn’t say that.)

P.S. Before I forget, I’ll be doing a BOOK SIGNING in New Orleans this week! The event will be held at Kitchen Witch Cookbooks (the coolest little cookbook store you’ve ever seen!) this Wednesday, April 27th, from 5-7pm. So please come out and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you. ;D

Now have some dessert…

Lemon Berry Cobbler

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

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Lemon Berry Cobbler

With the perfect mix of sweet and tart, this Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet dessert satisfaction. 

Total Cost $4.78 recipe / $1.20 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

BERRY LAYER

  • 12 oz. frozen mixed berries, thawed $3.27
  • 1/4 cup sugar $0.03
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch $0.06
  • 1 fresh lemon $0.69

BISCUIT TOPPING

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.14
  • 1 tsp baking powder $0.08
  • 1/4 cup sugar $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 4 Tbsp cold butter $0.36
  • 5 Tbsp milk* $0.11

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Use a zester, microplane, or small-holed cheese grater to remove the zest from the lemon.
  2. Place the thawed berries in a bowl and add the sugar, cornstarch, about 1/2 tsp of the zest, and 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice. Stir to combine. Pour the prepared berries and all the juices into a small casserole dish (4 cup capacity).
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and another 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest. Cut the butter into small pieces, then add it to the flour mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour until the butter is in very small pieces and the mixture resembles damp sand. Add the milk and stir until a slightly sticky dough forms.
  4. Drop the biscuit dough onto the berries in small pieces. It's okay if the dough does not completely cover the berries.
  5. Bake the cobbler in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the berries are bubbling up around the edges. To prevent messes from the berry juices bubbling over, place the casserole dish on a baking sheet covered with parchment to catch any spills.
  6. Serve warm topped with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Garnish with any remaining lemon zest.

Recipe Notes

*Non-dairy substitutes, like almond or soy milk will work fine in this recipe.

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

Step by Step Photos

Lemon Zest

Begin by preheating the oven to 425ºF. Then use a microplane, zester, or small-holed cheese grater to remove the zest from the lemon (the thin yellow part of the peel — try to avoid getting the bitter white part).

Berries Sugar Cornstarch Zest

Add 12oz. frozen mixed berries, 1/4 cup sugar, 1.5 Tbsp cornstarch, about 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp of the lemon juice to a medium bowl. Stir everything together until well mixed. Let the berries thaw (if not already). You can let the berries thaw before or after adding these ingredients, but either way, you want to keep all the juices that seep out of the fruit.

Thawed Berries

Pour the berry mixture and all the juices into a small casserole dish. This dish holds about 4 cups and the berries filled it about half way.

Sweet Biscuit Topping Ingredients

Now move on to the sweet biscuit topping. In a separate bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, and another 1/2 tsp of the lemon zest.

Work in Butter

Cut 4 Tbsp of cold butter into small pieces and add them to the flour mixture. Use your hands to work the butter into the flour until it’s in super small pieces and the mixture looks a little like damp sand (just like in this photo).

Sweet Biscuit Topping Batter

Finally, stir in 5 Tbsp milk (that’s 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp) until a slightly sticky dough forms. You can use non-dairy milk here.

Sweet Biscuit Topping on Berries

Drop the biscuit topping onto the berries in small pieces. It’s okay if the topping doesn’t fully cover the berries. To prevent a mess in your oven from the berries boiling over, place the casserole dish on a baking sheet lined with parchment to catch any spills.

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com baked

Bake the cobbler for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuit topping is golden brown and the berries are bubbling up around it. NOM.

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com

While this Lemon Berry Cobbler is a show stealer on its own, a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream takes it over the top.

Lemon Berry Cobbler is the fastest and easiest way to sweet satisfaction - BudgetBytes.com