berry-balsamic cobbler

June 23, 2012

in Cobblers, Crisps & Crumbles

When strawberries are in season, I love slicing a few over vanilla bean ice cream and adding a drizzle of fruity balsamic vinegar. The vinegar’s acidity plays beautifully against the sweetness of the berries in a perfect union of flavors. With that dessert in mind, I added complexity to a berry cobbler by tossing the fruit with a few splashes of velvety smooth Calivinegar Barrel Aged Balsamic.

I’ll never make a cobbler without balsamic again – you’ll want to soak up every last drop of syrupy juice with the buttery biscuit topping. Not only is this cobbler lick-the-spoon good, it’s also colorfully festive, ideal for 4th of July!

Berry-Balsamic Cobbler
3 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
1 cup blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (pick a thick and fruity vinegar)
1/8 tsp salt

Biscuit Topping
1 cup flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 Tbsp almond milk
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400°F and spray an 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick spray. Toss strawberries, blueberries, sugar, flour, balsamic, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

For the biscuit topping, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Dice butter into 1/2-inch pieces; sprinkle over flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut in evenly until mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine yogurt, almond milk, and vanilla in a small bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until moist. Lightly flour hands and knead mixture 3 or 4 times in the bowl, just until dough comes together.

Pour berry mixture into prepared baking dish; top with spoonfuls of biscuit dough (you won’t cover the entire surface). Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until juices are bubbling and biscuit topping is golden. Let cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator; warm before serving.

Yield – 8 servings
Calories – 170
Carbs – 32

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31 Comments

1 Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } June 23, 2012

Strawberries and balsamic are such a perfect pairing. Your cobbler is the epitomy of summer. What a lovely dessert. Happy Saturday!!!

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2 Valerie June 23, 2012

Beautiful dessert! And you’re right, the colors are perfect for the 4th of July!

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3 Patty June 23, 2012

Love your cobbler! I wonder how your berry balsamic filling would bake up in a pie? I’ve been requested to bring a pie to a BBQ on the 4th;-) But, I would make and bring your cobbler in a flash!

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4 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) June 23, 2012

I am also a big fan of berries and balsamic! Great cobbler :)

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5 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers June 23, 2012

What a good idea to put together! Aged balsamic vinegar is really good. I love it Laura.

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6 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 23, 2012

This is a beautiful dessert and one I would gladly serve to the Queen if she decided to visit. :)

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7 Suzanne June 23, 2012

I’ve never made any sweets with balsamic vinegar but this does sound really tasty so I’m going to try very soon. Drooling and wishing I had some :)

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8 Lizzy June 23, 2012

How absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe.

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9 Flavia June 23, 2012

Lovely twist on this delectable dessert! It’s cobbler–elevated and glamorous. :)

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10 Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake June 24, 2012

I’m having so much berry cravings after looking at this post! But it’s winter here so berries are quite expensive. :(

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11 Sandra's Easy Cooking June 24, 2012

This is Gorgeous!!!!!Love how you made it and with all the berries..mmmm this must be so good! Pinned it!

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12 Baker Street June 24, 2012

What a gorgeous cobbler, Laura! I too chop up my berries over vanilla ice cream. Its so rewarding after a long day! :)

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13 Katia June 24, 2012

Laura, that’s so mouth-watering and refreshing and I like the combo berries-balsamic!
Cheers, Katia

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14 Roxana Greengirl {A little bit of everything} June 24, 2012

this is such a beautiful cobbler. I love balsamic berries and have been thinking of using the combo in baked desserts for a while now. Can’t wait to bake something!

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15 Laura @ Family Spice June 24, 2012

Oooh! I will have to try this combination, too. I’ve done berries & balsamic in salad, but not in a baked dessert. Sounds amazing!

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16 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 24, 2012

Oh my, I need to make this ASAP! I have fresh strawberries sitting in the fridge and half a gal of vanilla bean ice cream :)

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17 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 25, 2012

I had the same reaction when I first tried balsamic and strawberries. They go so well together don’t they! :D And have you ever tried black pepper and strawberries? That’s a nice match too :)

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18 Tutti Dolci June 25, 2012

I haven’t but I need to – I’m a black pepper fiend! ;)

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19 Ozlem's Turkish Table June 25, 2012

Looks so refreshing and inviting, look forward to trying it out, thank you !

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20 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective June 25, 2012

That is GORGEOUS!! And I’m sure, very tasty. :)

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21 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 25, 2012

What a great color! I love cobbler, this sounds incredible with the balsamic!

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22 Jen @ Savory Simple June 25, 2012

Berries and balsamic are such a fantastic paring. I love this!

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23 OliePants June 25, 2012

What a beautiful recipe with spectacular photos!!

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24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 25, 2012

Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are delicious together so I can only imagine how tasty it would be in this mixed berry cobbler!

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25 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 25, 2012

I love balsamic..I bet this is just the bee’s knees :)

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26 Liz June 25, 2012

Oh, boy, berries + balsamic is one of my favorite combos! I MUST make your magnificent cobbler!!!!

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27 Deborah June 25, 2012

This is just beautiful!!

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28 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 25, 2012

What a cute color theme for July 4th! Perfect for celebrating red-blue-white. Like everyone mentioned, I’m surprised to see balsamic vinegar in this dessert. All seasonal fruits and what a great way to enjoy. :-)

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29 Charles June 27, 2012

It’s funny isn’t it, how berries and balsamic vinegar go together so well. They’re such a wonderful flavour combination! I love the look of the cobbler – the colours are so rich and vibrant and I can almost taste it from here :D All those berries… yummy!

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30 the wicked noodle June 29, 2012

I absolutely love berries and balsamic together. Another great recipe – thanks so much!

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31 Magic of Spice July 7, 2012

I wish I could eat strawberries…this looks amazing! Beautiful flavors!

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