Family Fun

Blackberry cobbler suits all members of the family

Harold and Gerald’s is a pretend game my husband and I played when our children were small. I don’t remember how it started, just how much fun it was.

We’d set the dining room table as if it were a first-class restaurant. The kids would dress up as customers. Dennis and I were the chef and server; we took turns with the roles and with our names, Harold and Gerald. We’d wrap a liter of soda in a cloth napkin and present it to the table like a fine wine. Our son Adam would examine the label, sip and swirl, and declare it a fine year. The game continued throughout the entire meal, cloth napkins on laps, silverware in proper order—we hadn’t set out with any goal in mind but fun and there we were practicing table etiquette. And laughing. And being silly.

Harold and Gerald got their share of compliments on the cooking. But mostly it was just the ordinary experience of a simple family dinner made special through our imagination and willingness to have fun together.

This easy blackberry cobbler fits right in with a family meal and also works well for a rustic dinner party. Use fresh blackberries if available. And have fun!

RECIPE: Blackberry Cobbler

INGREDIENTS

4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 large egg
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
6 tbsp butter

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 4 cups fresh blackberries in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish (or in 6 8-oz ramekins). Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Stir together egg, sugar and flour in a medium bowl until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle over fruit. Drizzle melted butter over topping.

Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

Makes 6 servings.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

Nancy Lynch, a self-taught cook from a family of foodies, teaches cooking classes at Orange Tree Imports and All Through the House. diningin@madisonmagazine.com

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