The Basics: How to Make a Berry Cobbler

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free of measurements and complicated techniques. We call it recipe-free cooking—for things stuff like the best, most stress-free berry cobbler you'v ever pulled from the oven.

You'll need:

  • a large mixing bowl
  • a spoon
  • a pie plate or small baking dish
  • a timer
  • 6 pints of berries (any kind except strawberries, which get too watery)
  • sugar
  • flour
  • a third of a stick of butter
  • one store-bought frozen pie crust (thawed)
  • Heat the oven to 375° Fahrenheit (it will take at least 20 minutes to warm up).

    Rinse the berries and put them in a large mixing bowl.

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    Sprinkle three heaping spoonfuls of sugar and one spoonful of flour over the berries, stir to coat with the mixture, and taste. Add more sugar if the berries aren't sweet enough.

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    Pour the berries into an ungreased pie plate or baking dish. Break the butter into a half dozen or so small pieces, and evenly distribute them over the top.

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    Set the crust on top, breaking it into pieces for a more rustic, cobbler feel. Sprinkle a large spoonful of sugar over the crust.

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    Put the cobbler in the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, check to see if the fruit is bubbling and the crust has turned golden. If not, put it back in for 10 more minutes.

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    Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool for at least 20 minutes.

    Spoon the cobbler into bowls. It should be very loose and saucy. Serve with ice cream if you like.

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