There is a restaurant within walking distance of my house that has the most fantastic crispy cornmeal pancakes with plump, juicy blueberries that I die for.  There is something so special about pancakes made with cornmeal because it prevents the pancakes from being too overly sweet and you barely need any syrup because they are so flavorful on their own.  And the sweet blueberries bursting with each bite of corn-bread-like pancakes, I’m telling you, is to-die-for.

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Spring to me means berries and I was so excited to try to replicate my favorite pancakes in a dessert.  The flavors of the crispy cornmeal blueberry pancakes that are such a treat are replicated so nicely in this Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler.

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

This recipe is simple enough to throw together any weeknight but tasty and pretty enough to serve to dinner guests for dessert.  I happen to love blackberries because they are so large and extra juicy, but you could use any berry or fruit that you prefer for this cobbler.  The baked fruit creates it’s own gorgeous syrup that is the perfect sweetness to complement the cornmeal biscuits that top the cobbler.  To make this Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler extra special, serve it warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 42 minutes

Total Time: 57 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

A classic dessert bursting with fresh berries and flavors reminiscent of cornbread


    For the fruit filling:
  • 3 cups (12 oz.) fresh blackberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • For the biscuit topping:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp yellow cornmeal
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, cold
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted


    For the fruit filling:
  1. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine the blackberries, cornstarch and 1/3 cup sugar. Pour into pan, cover with foil and set aside.
  3. For the biscuit topping:
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cornmeal and salt.
  6. In another small bowl combine the buttermilk and melted butter.
  7. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and stir until combined.
  8. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, drop six mounds of dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  10. Bake berry mixture in pie pan for 20 minutes.
  11. Place biscuits on top of baked berries and return to the oven for 12 more minutes.
  12. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  13. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
  14. Recipe adapted from The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book


Per serving: Calories: 228 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 30g

combine berries, cornstarch and sugar, set aside

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

in a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cornmeal and salt

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add buttermilk and melted butter to flour mixture and mix to combine

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

drop mounds of dough onto prepared baking sheets and partially bake

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

bake berry mixture

Cornmeal Blackberry Cobbler {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

top berry mixture with biscuits and return to oven

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9 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    May 02, 2013 @ 2:16 pm

    Sounds delish, per usual!


  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 02, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

    What a scrumptious cobbler, love the cornmeal and blackberry pairing!


  3. Luv What You Do
    May 02, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    I love cobbler and this looks awesome! I will add it to my to bake list!


  4. ana @fit, fun & delish!
    May 03, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    I love how you photograph all of the steps for your recipes. This looks very good! I’m going to have to try it 🙂


    • Mercedes
      May 07, 2013 @ 9:24 am

      Thank you Ana! I debate continuing the step-by-step photos so I am happy to hear that you find them helpful!


  5. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    May 03, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

    Oh yum, your cobbler looks so delicious!


  6. Lara
    May 04, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    This looks beautiful and delicious!


  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    May 07, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Wow, those cornmeal pancakse sound SO good Mercedes! And job well done with this cobbler. I have never tried my hand at a cornmeal cobbler before, but I know I would love it. Especially with juicy blueberries!


    • Mercedes
      May 07, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

      I highly recommend this cobbler once you have time to take a break from the cookbook baking Sally!


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