BY MEAGHAN DAWSON FROM BEAUTYFROMBURNTTOAST
It’s springtime in my neck of the woods, and that means it’s time for a few things to happen in my life:
- It’s time to load up on allergy meds and get out my pollen mask (because I live in Texas, after all).
- It’s time to slowly reintroduce my legs back into society with gentle, slow exposure to sunshine in safe, protected environments (read: in my backyard, alone, so they don’t blind anyone with their paleness).
- It’s time to get out the belt sander and some pretty pink polish and tackle my hibernating feet.
- It’s time for Alison’s Spring Capsule and all of the wonderfulness it brings. And finally
- It’s time for spring food!
Foods Have Their Season
Yes, in case you were wondering, there are seasons for food just like there are seasons for clothes. They arrive in a subtle fashion in comparison, of course. There aren’t chefs designing new spring lines and hosting food fashion shows. At least that I know of. But they exist nonetheless.
In the fall and winter, we crave comfort and heft in our food, with rich soups and stews and heavy desserts on our menus. But in spring and summer, we want lightness to mimic the breezes and sunshine. The flavors of spring echo the colors outside, bright and airy, filled with gentle sweetness and warmth. They’re lemony and flowery and filled with light and all of the feels of the season.
Plus, they taste amazing.
And that’s why I’m so excited for them. There’s something about that first bite of juicy berries or the first ripe tomato. They set the tone for the next few months and breathe life back into our cold-hardened bones.
I think that’s why this recipe for Blueberry Cobbler is a favorite in my house. It ushers in the season when we all bust out of our winter cocoons and start gathering outside again. It tastes like summer and sunshine and brightness. And it also happens to be the one dessert my husband requests every year for his birthday. I call it “spring in a casserole dish,” which is a wonderful thing.
I always recommend serving this warm with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you don’t have any in the freezer, a big dollop of whipped cream will do. But definitely serve it warm. It is a #gamechanger for this sweet spring dessert.
- 2 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar (I use coconut sugar but white works as well)
- 1/2 teaspoon flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup sugar (use white here)
- 5 tablespoons cold butter cut into little pieces
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375.
- Put blueberries in the baking dish and mix in vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Sprinkle in sugar, flour (the 1/2 teaspoon), salt, and stir in melted butter. Set aside.
- Now for the topping! In a sperate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in chilled butter until it resembles a coarse sand (I use my hands). Make a well in the center and pour in milk and vanilla, stir until just wet. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
- Spoon the batter over the blueberries. Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden, checking at 25 minutes. Cool but serve warm with ice cream on the side.
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Meaghan is a wife, mom of three, dog lover, coffee freak, and book nerd. When she’s not wrangling her family and driving them around town in her Mom Taxi, she is a writer, blogger, and recipe creator over at BeautyfromBurntToast. Her biggest passion is helping people feel confident in the kitchen by making cooking accessible with quick and easy recipes that the whole family will love. In a roundabout way, this makes her a wanna be GYPO for the kitchen and explains why she loves the outfit formulas so much. They’re easy and accessible and make life better for everyone.