Berry Cobbler – A Happy Accident with Cheddar Biscuits!

 Berry cobbler | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

I have to admit this recipe was an accident, a happy one, but a mistake nonetheless. I was going to post on shortcakes, with balsamic roasted strawberries. I was mixing up the biscuits and got distracted, probably by something I read on Twitter. I added way too much buttermilk to the dough and they were no longer useful as biscuits. How disappointing to have a recipe in mind and then blow it. These weren’t just any biscuits, they were made with cheddar cheese, so they would have a slight sharpness to them, which I find a perfect compliment to the sweet berry filling. What to do? There was no way I was tossing these beauties, but they were too soft to work with in the traditional way. Then it hit me, COBBLER. All the same ingredients, but baked together at one time, even better. I added blueberries, fresh ginger and lemon zest to the strawberries and topped it with my sticky biscuit dough. Thanks to my inability to focus yesterday, I have a new favorite dessert!

Berry Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits:


2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold

2 ounces white cheddar cheese (the color doesn’t really matter, but I think the white makes a pretties biscuit)

1 large egg

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

Berry Filling:

6 cups strawberries, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

4 cups blueberries

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (this should be done on a Microplane Fine Grater) or 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger

Pinch salt

3/4 cup sugar

5 tablespoons cornstarch (or tapioca starch/flour)

To make the biscuits:

Preheat oven to 325°F and position rack in bottom 1/3 of the oven.

Flour, baking soda and baking powder whisked together | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and mix it into the flour using a Dough Blender or your fingers, until it resembles course cornmeal. Stir in the cheddar cheese.

Mixing biscuit dough in bowl  | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In a small bowl combine the egg, cream, and buttermilk. Add this to the flour mixture and stir just until there is no more visible flour, but it should still be sticky and lumpy.

Bowl of strawberries and blueberries | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

In another large bowl gently toss together the berries, zest, ginger, salt, sugar, and cornstarch.

Spooning biscuit dough onto berries | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Place the berries in a shallow 10-cup baking dish. Scoop the biscuits evenly over the berries.

Berry cobbler  | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

They will be about golf ball sized scoops.

Berry cobbler | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown, baked through, and the berries have been bubbling for about 20 minutes. It is best to bake this on a cookie sheet in case the berry juices bubble out of the pan.

Berry cobbler  | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François

Serve warm or room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream, I suggest homemade strawberry!