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Birthday Dinner, Part X and Mixed Berry Cobbler

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Summers are so full of life and fresh opportunity!

We learned that back in grade school, right?–when summer vacation meant breaking with routine and discovering new friends and exploring new places and finding new pursuits. Our hopes and expectations might not have always been fulfilled, but there was a lot of adventure along the way!

I don’t know if fresh fruit is a symbol of this life and opportunity, or if it is the life and opportunity! Every time you turn around this time of year, there’s a new fruit available at the grocery or the farmer’s market or the roadside stand or (if you’re really lucky and the squirrels and the birds don’t get there first) in your garden or along the edges of the fields nearby. And each kind of fruit has countless possible uses–from rinse off and pop in your mouth to elaborate desserts or sauces. This Mixed Berry Cobbler lies on the easy and quick end of that long spectrum–just a couple bowls and a Mason jar and mix and put in the oven. Then feast on all that life and fresh opportunity an hour later!

Becca enjoys a similar summer feast of life and fresh opportunity in Birthday Dinner, Part X, except her feast comes in the form of people–charges new and old that she’s supposed to be helping but that are in fact helping her much more. Give it a listen or read while you enjoy your feast of summer life and fresh opportunity.

mixed berry cobbler

Mixed Berry Cobbler

1 mason jar (or two smaller ramekins) 

1 cup fresh mixed berries (I used blueberries and strawberries)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more to sprinkle on fruit

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the mason jar (or two ramekins) with cooking spray. Set aside.

Add the berries to a bowl and lightly mash with a potato masher. Sprinkle some granulated sugar over top and mix ingredients together. Set berries aside.


In another small mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar. Stir ingredients together. Add the melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until dry ingredients are incorporated.

mixed berry cobbler

Pour the batter into the prepared mason jar. Top with fruit. Be sure to leave at least 2 inches between the top of the jar and the fruit to allow for the cobbler batter to rise and expand. Place the jar on a cookie sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 45-50 minutes (or 35-40 for two ramekins), or until the cobbler batter starts to turn a golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Top with more fresh fruit, sugar, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

mixed berry cobbler

{Adapted from Pint Sized Baker}

Birthday Dinner cover

Birthday Dinner, Part X, audio © Jeffrey Anderson

Birthday Dinner, Part X, text © Jeffrey Anderson

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