the common cobbler…

Peach, Blueberry & Blackberry Cobbler
Originally uploaded by ulterior epicure.

Quite a few years ago, I bought a jacket-less cookbook at a used book sale. With the exception of a coffee cup stain on the cover, it was in perfect condition. I thumbed through the recipes with passing interes, noting the simple, yet beautiful photographs, and shelved it.

Well, life has a funny way of tying things together.

During the first year of graduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, my ever-vigilant foodie antennae picked up a little restaurant about 20 minutes away in the sleepy town of Chelsea (which happens to also be the home of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix, believe it or not). A few of my professors used to ride their Harleys over there on weekends for brunch.

Leafing through one of cookbooks on the host’s stand while waiting for a table at The Common Grill, I realized that the recipes and pictures looked familiar…

Back home, I dug the jacketless cookbook out of *the pile* and took a good look at the spine: “The Common Grill Cookbook” by Craig Common.

It’s been a few years, and I’m finally getting around to cooking out of the book.
Page 185 yields a most righteous summer recipe: Peach, Blackberry & Blueberry Cobbler; just what I was looking for. Despite the recipe’s name, this dessert is actually what I think is a “crisp” (or “crumble,” for you Brits out there). The topping is made from a wonderfully toasty mix of ground toasted pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rolled oats.


2 cups peaches, cut into 1/2″ slices
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of salt

Streusal Topping

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
pinch of cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons pecans, toasted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide evenly among six 8 oz. ovenproof baking dishes and sprinkle with Streusel Topping.

Bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until topping is golden. Best served warm, topped with your favorite ice cream.

Streusel Topping:

Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, and pulsate until the butter is thoroughly combined and mixture is the size of peas.

~ by ulterior epicure on August 27, 2007.

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