Thursday, April 05, 2007
Chris is hosting Cooking to Combat Cancer over at Mele Cotte because April is Cancer Control Month. The emphasis is on healthy recipes. I thought I'd stretch my baking abilities a bit and alter an old standby into a healthier version. It also happens that blueberries were on sale when I went to Thriftway.
The nutritional benefits of blueberries are extensive. Recently, some research has shown that Pterostilbene, a compound found in blueberries, may prevent tumors from forming in the colon.
For the blueberry cobbler, you'll need:
24 oz fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp kosher
2 eggs, slightly beaten
5 tablespoons Earth Balance, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Place the blueberries in a large baking dish. A 13 X 9 glass dish will do, I used a deep oval baking dish and it worked well. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the berries and stir. Let sit while you prepare the topping.
In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar and salt. Add the beaten eggs and stir with a fork. Eventually, you have to get in there with your hands and combine until there is almost no loose flour left. Pour this mixture over the berries and pat down slightly, but not firmly.
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle this over the crumb mixture. Pour melted Earth Balance over the crumb mixture and sugar.
At this point, this is what your cobbler should look like. I put mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for baking, as I didn't want to worry about the blueberry juice getting everywhere, but if you like to live on edge, you can certainly just throw the dish in oven as is.
After baking for 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven, you will have the most delicious blueberry dessert. Okay, maybe it's not as delicious as the white flour only, full sugar and full fat version, but this is pretty tasty too! And while it may not be a "healthy" recipe, it's definitely a healthier version of one I'd make and eat anyway, so every little bit helps, right?
I took this cobbler to my friend Mindy's birthday celebration. We were at Shannon's house playing cards, and she had exactly one bowl and 3 spoons to feed 8 people. So I filled up the bowl, topped it with a huge scoop of Breyer's Double Churned Light Ice Cream and we all shared it family style.