Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blueberry Cheddar Cobbler, gluten-free + book #giveaway from @AveryAames


Another giveaway today!  See below.

But first…

I have an empty refrigerator. Unlike all the people on the East Coast, I did not go to the store. I did not fill up on staples. All I have in my refrigerator is cheese and berries and milk, butter, and eggs. That’s about it!

Staples…for a mouse!

But our Clean Sweep Week theme from earlier this month has gotten me charged. I can make something tasty with what’s on hand, right? And since I’m in Cheddar Mode, because of the upcoming release of FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE (Next week!!! Eek!!), I decided I should make something with the cheddar cheese.  I used Kerrygold Private Reserve Cheddar.

But I wanted sweet. (Yes, I do have sugar and such in the cupboard.)

So I looked in my cookbooks and searched for a recipe with cheese and blueberries. I didn’t find anything, so I resorted to the Internet, and I landed on a site called HowSweet It Is!  There was this beautiful skillet dessert, and I thought, yes, I can make this gluten-free.

Side note!  As I started the project, I couldn’t find a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon and that was because, though my refrigerator was empty, my drawers were full: i.e., cluttered. Have you ever done that? Started a project and stopped to complete the other project first? I emptied out my utensils drawers, found a box of things I could give away because I would NEVER use them, and then continued with baking. Welcome to spring cleaning…three months early!  Sheesh.

Anyway, here you have it, my tweaked version of How Sweet It Is Skillet Blueberry Cobbler with Cheddar Cheese!

PS  I did NOT find an oven-ready skillet in my clean-out, so I had to scramble for another solution. See below.

(Gluten-free version, serves 6)

Blueberry Filling Ingredients:

3 cups blueberries, rinsed
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon gluten-free flour (*I used sweet rice flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Cheddar Biscuit Topping Ingredients:

2/3 cup gluten-free flour (*I used sweet rice flour here, too)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated (about 2/3 cup grated)
7-8 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

*vanilla ice cream or whipped topping for serving

Note: if you don’t need to eat gluten-free, swap out the sweet rice or GF flour for regular flour and omit the xanthan gum! Easy as, um, cobbler!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a bowl, toss the blueberries with the sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon and add them to a 6 or 8-inch oven-safe skillet. *THIS IS WHERE I realized my 8”-skillet wasn’t oven proof, so I used an 8-inch square baking pan. [If I do this recipe over again - and I will - I’ll get a skillet, or I will use increase the whole recipe by 1/2 because 8”-square is MORE THAN 8”-round. THAT’S YOUR MATH FOR THE DAY!]

In a larger bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in the butter and mix with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture looks crumbly, like little peas. [PERSONALLY, I REALLY LIKE A PASTRY BLENDER!]

Add in the grated cheese, then add milk and vanilla extract and mix until the dough has come together but is just combined. [IT WILL RESEMBLE COOKED OATMEAL]. Spoon the dough on top of the blueberries. It does NOT have to be uniform and smooth.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is set and the blueberries are juicy and bursting. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream. 

PS  KNOW your oven. I finally got this gadget [by Taylor, about $12] to make sure my oven is the right temperature. And guess what?  My oven has been running about 10 degrees too hot which reduces the baking time. Now I get the 350 degrees correctly by reducing my oven temp. Yay! My sister gave me that tip!


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 I'll be giving away your CHOICE of the first 6 Cheese Shop mysteries. I'll also pick two more winners to win some fun swag. Winners will be chosen this Friday.

Savor the mystery and say cheese!

Daryl Wood Gerber aka Avery Aames
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  1. My spring cleaning project just involves switching up some color schemes - I keep my home tidy all year long, so that there isn't a stressful Spring Cleaning fiasco, haha. Liz Stark

    1. My home is tidy but somehow my drawers are hit by a whirlwind about once a year! LOL

      ~Daryl / Avery

  2. My project is to donate some clothes (I am not a big fan of cleaning). Thank you for the giveaway.

    1. I do clothes every Christmas. That seems to be a good plan for me.

      ~Daryl / Avery

  3. I always have a project. It's the doing I have trouble with. I have all of your books so I don't want to win. I've preordered the next one.

    1. Aw, Sue, you're so good, so you won't "win" but I can't tell you how much I appreciate you chiming in always! It's so wonderful to have true blue fans!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  4. I plan to clean all my windows and scrub all my floors. Thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Windows. Gack. I hate doing windows. I'm a streak-freak!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  5. Since we did a major remodel that finished in late fall of last year and had a relative come to live with us, my spring cleaning project this year will probably be everything. Especially the boxes in the new storage shed. Might be a little like Christmas - no idea what's in the box until you open it. Thanks for another great gluten-free recipe and giveaway.

    1. Boxes without labels? Always exciting. Ooh, maybe that should be in one of my mysteries. ;)

      ~Daryl / Avery