Monthly Archives: September 2014

Blueberry Cobbler w. Cheddar Biscuits

DSC_5067I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog.  I recently started working full-time at a bakery in Manhattan, and I’d forgotten how mentally draining it feels after a busy day at work.  I interact with people all day long, and it is becoming increasingly hectic as we move into our busy season.   I am really enjoying it there, and frankly I’m grateful to have a full-time job in this economy.  But it’s been tricky trying to balance self-care with working full-time again.  I need to get better at learning how to schedule my time.  I think some people call that time management.  I’ve only gone to yoga a few times this month, and recent weekends have consisted mainly of basic requirements i.e. buying groceries, picking up dry cleaning, etc.  The older I get, the more I realize that perhaps I just need to accept the fact that I am the type of person who needs to keep constant lists so as not to forget what it is I need to do and/or want to do in the future.  Oh right!  I enjoy going to movies during the week!  It takes me out of my head, and sometimes even makes me feel things. 

My husband made fun of me the other night.  I was telling him that I felt guilty for bailing on next month’s book for my book club.  “I REALLY don’t like it”, I whined.  “And there are just SO MANY books on my reading list that I can’t be bothered to finish a book if it doesn’t grab me right away.”  He smiled and responded with, “Wow, sounds like you’re grappling with a big problem there.”  And that is why I love him.  He has a way of finding humor in almost anything.  If feeling guilty about not finishing a book is my biggest problem right now, I guess I’m doing ok in the self-care department.  Until I discover a movie that I can’t get through…oh god.
DSC_5054I made this Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits recipe at the peak of summer when blueberries were in the ether in this part of the country.  I was craving a baked fruit dessert and this looked tantalizing.  It fell a bit flat and I’m not sure why.  It was neither overly sweet nor too heavy.  It was just kind of bland.  I think I would make it again with a tad more sugar and cinnamon.  That said, you better believe I scraped the blueberries off the biscuits and ate them with homemade granola for added sweetness and crunch.  I couldn’t let the ENTIRE dessert go to waste.
DSC_5056Blueberry Cobbler w/ Cheddar Biscuits
Adapted from How Sweet It is

3 cups blueberries
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

cheddar biscuit topping
2/3 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
7-8 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In a bowl, toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon and add them to a 6 or 8-inch oven-safe skillet.
3.  In a larger bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
4.  Add in the butter and mix with a fork, pastry blender or your fingers until the butter is in crumbs and pieces.
5.  Fold in the grated cheese, then stir in the milk and vanilla extract until a dough has come together but is just combined.
6.  Spoon the dough on top of the blueberries.
7.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is set and the blueberries are juicy and bursting.