Homemade piecrust isn’t a project I tackle with my kids—for two reasons: One, the dough can be temperamental, and sometimes you don’t know that something went wrong until the moment the dough comes out of the oven. And two, my kids don’t love pie, so why bother? They do, however, like cobbler—a warm, fresh-fruit dessert with a buttery, crunchy biscuit topping that tastes almost like a cookie.
The topping is fun to make. It requires a lot of measuring, which kids like, and they love to crumble the ingredients together. Serve this treat warm, with a scoop of ice cream. If you’re lucky enough to have extra cobbler, refrigerate it overnight and let your kids enjoy it again for breakfast.
What You’ll Need
For the filling:
- 1 lemon
- 5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
For the topping:
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
What to Do
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Show your helper how to squeeze juice from a lemon.
- Slice a stick of butter into smaller pieces, and add them to a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Place the baking dish in the oven while it preheats. Once the butter has melted, remove the dish from the oven. The melted butter will be used for the topping.Teachable Moment: 4 All-American Blueberry Facts
- Blueberries are native to North America. They grow in wooded and mountainous regions of the United States and Canada.
- Blueberries grow on bushes (or “shrubs”) that can be as small as 4 inches or as tall as 13 feet!
- The five most common types of blueberries include the rabbiteye blueberry, the lowbush, the southern highbush, the northern highbush, and half-high blueberries.
- Michigan is the leading grower of highbush blueberries, producing more than 100 million blueberries every year.
- For the filling: Let your child pour 5 cups of blueberries, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and one tablespoon of lemon juice into a large bowl and mix the ingredients.
- Then invite her to help toss the mixture, using two large spoons. It’s ready when the berries are nicely coated with flour and sugar. You can then transfer the berries to a deep 10-inch pie pan or a large, shallow casserole dish. She can smooth the top into an even layer.Teachable Moment: More Cool Blueberry News to Use!
- Did you know the native people called their blueberries star berries? Take a good long look at a 21st century blueberry and you’ll see why.
- Long ago, Native Americans appreciated the health perks and yummy flavor of blueberries. They used them for medicinal purposes and as a food to enjoy!
- Even today, blueberries are considered “super fruits,” meaning that they’re super good for you! They’re low in calories and high in nutrients, and may contribute to heart and brain health.
- Back in the day, painters used blueberries to make blue dye for their artwork. Painters in need of gray would boil the berries in milk to get that shade.
- Wash and dry the mixing bowl, and let your kitchen assistant help you make the topping.
- For the topping: Encourage your child to crack the egg into the bowl and whisk it briefly with a fork. Next, she can add the cup of flour, cup of sugar, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and stir with a large spoon until the mixture is well combined.
- Show your helper how to crumble the flour mixture evenly over the berries. (You may need to assist to make sure the berries are evenly covered.)
- Help her evenly spoon the melted butter over the blueberry cobbler. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes, or until the fruit is bubbling and hot, and the topping is golden and crunchy.