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"Stardew Valley" Inspired Blackberry Cobbler (Easy to Make!)

Andrea is a home baker who loves to perfect challenging cakes, breads, and the like. She is on a quest to find the perfect flavor combos.

Homemade blackberry cobbler with a side of vanilla ice cream. This recipe is EASY to make and delicious.

Homemade blackberry cobbler with a side of vanilla ice cream. This recipe is EASY to make and delicious.

Stardew Valley Inspired Desserts

Lately, I've been on a kick creating recipes inspired by the video game Stardew Valley. The game has a long list of recipes, and you can find ingredients in different ways: through farming, fishing, foraging, buying ingredients at the grocery or pub, beating monsters, opening chests, and receiving mail.

The blackberry cobbler recipe is available in the game on Fall 14, Year 2. It's one of a handful of dessert recipes in the game which also includes banana pudding, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake, and blueberry tart.

My blackberry cobbler recipe is really tasty. I recommend heating up a slice in the microwave before eating it. My secret? The cinnamon, cardamom, and vanilla. The brown sugar will make it look darker and give it a richer flavor.

Blackberry cobbler is a great dessert around the holidays. In the game, it's a fall foraging food. But blackberries are generally ripe in the summer.

Side note: The game only uses three ingredients for the cobbler: blackberries, sugar, and wheat.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 hour

1 hour 10 min

6 to 8 servings

Timing Notes

The cobbler is easy to make. You can mix the ingredients together by hand, so you don't have to get out your heavy stand mixer.

It will bake for 50 minutes to one hour. I recommend using a kitchen thermometer to test it. For a cobbler, the internal temperature at the center should be 200°F. Once you reach this temperature, you don't need to bake anymore. I got there at 55 minutes.

"Blackberry cobbler! This one always reminds me of Stardew Valley. There's a few days in fall where the valley is overflowing with the most delicious blackberries I've ever tasted. If you can get your hands on some, I'd highly recommend them for this simple cobbler."

— The Queen of Sauce, "Stardew Valley"

Here is a picture of the blackberry cobbler right out of the oven. You can see how the sugar melted in layers. The top is a lighter color than the sides.

Here is a picture of the blackberry cobbler right out of the oven. You can see how the sugar melted in layers. The top is a lighter color than the sides.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups blackberries, washed, dried, and cut in half

Substitutions

Self-rising flour:

  • Option 1: 1 cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp of salt, and 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • Option 2: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. baking soda

Brown sugar: You can replace it with regular granulated sugar, although I do think brown sugar gives your cobbler a more nuanced flavor.

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Cinnamon and cardamom: You can skip the cinnamon and/or cardamom if you don't have those spices. Cinnamon is usually in people's homes, but cardamom isn't as typical. Cardamom can also be expensive.

Blackberries: If you want to try a different berry in place of blackberries, that's perfectly fine. Strawberries or blueberries would taste good in this cobbler.

Instructions

  1. Note: If you use frozen berries, add them when they're frozen. If you let them thaw, they'll be mushy, and it will be gross.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Rinse the blackberries and cut them in half or thirds. Set the fruit aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar with 1 cup of flour. Stir in the cinnamon and cardamom.
  5. Pour in the milk and vanilla; stir until well combined. Add the melted butter. Mix until it's well-combined.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish. If the dish is too big, your cobbler will be thin.
  7. Add the berries, don't stir. If you stir, it might change the color of the cobbler. The fruit will sink in the batter.
  8. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar onto the top. Don't stir! Save 2 tablespoons for later.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Check the internal temperature to see if it has reached 200°F. If it hasn't, put the cobbler back in the oven. Before doing so, you can sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar for more texture and taste. You don't have to add the extra sugar.
  10. Bake for 5-10 minutes. The top should be dark brown. It'll be golden brown if you only used granulated sugar and no brown sugar.
  11. Let the cobbler cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Storage

Blackberry cobbler doesn't need to go in the fridge for the first two days after baking. Make sure it is sealed if you decide to leave it on a counter.

After two days, leave the container in the fridge where it can stay for an additional two days before spoiling.

Serving Suggestions

The traditional accompaniment to a cobbler is ice cream. Microwaved cobbler with a scoop of ice cream is a wonderful treat. It's nice to mix it all together in a bowl. Add some whipped cream if you're feeling fancy.

I also recommend serving it with coffee or hot tea. This is a great way to start the morning or afternoon. Hot chocolate is another go-to, and it doesn't have a lot of caffeine . . . meaning it won't keep you up at night.

Blackberry Picking

You may want to use garden fresh berries in your cobbler. Fortunately, it's easy to tell when blackberries are ripe. The outside will be a dark black to purple color, and they'll be plump.

A berry that isn't ready yet will be light purple or red and firm. They need several more weeks to ripen. The best time of day to pick blackberries is the morning, when the temperature is cool and there is moisture on the berries. It's a good idea to use a hook or cane to pick berries, so you don't get scratched. It's also recommended to wear fleece and/or a long-sleeved shirt.

Soaking picked blackberries in salt water can clean off things you might not see, such as bugs.

Video Game Trivia

Blackberry cobbler restores a decent amount of health and energy for players. It heals 175 energy and 78 health.

Virtually, everyone in Stardew Valley likes blackberry cobbler. Abigail loves it. On the flip side, Krobus, Leo, and Willie hate it, so don't serve it to them.

Pro tip: It's a good idea to hoard blackberries in your fridge since you can't get them every season.

Obtaining the Ingredients for Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberries aren't the easiest ingredients to find. You can forage for the fruit in the fall. They'll be found on bushes from Fall 8-11. They can be grown from wild seeds, or if you select the fruit bat option they'll appear in the Farm Cave.

Sugar and wheat flour can be purchased at Pierre's store. These are inexpensive items.

© 2022 Andrea Lawrence

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