Mixed Berry Cobbler, Blog Birthday, and a Giveaway!

I have a bad habit of beginning a project and never finishing it. I love the rush of excitement and inspiration that comes with discovering a concept and going with it, but I have a tendency to get bored or frustrated and just letting the idea or project fade away.

At least, I thought I had that problem but something recently has occurred to me. Maybe its not that I have trouble sticking to something but that I just hadn’t found something worth sticking to yet. A perfect example is of me and my boyfriend. Before I met him all my previous relationships were short, I would get bored of things real quick. But just this past March my boyfriend and I celebrated our two year anniversary. I think he’s worth sticking with. And now it is Handle the Heat’s first birthday! I finally found something that I’m passionate about, something I wake up thinking about and fall asleep dreaming about. I had started websites and blogs in the past but none of them lasted more than a few months, like my past relationships. Now I’m happy to say that today marks the day that I first started Handle the Heat, one whole year ago. And I look forward to many more years.

I don’t think I would have stuck around this long if it weren’t for all the amazing people in the food blogging community. I’ve learned so much not only about food, cooking, baking, photography, and coding, but about how one nice comment or email can vastly improve someone’s day. How a whole community of people with common interests can be so lovely, even though most of us have only “met” via the internet. I think what has motivated me the most, however, is each and every person who reads my blogs. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate every single comment, but I can show you. As a thanks to everyone who has ever stopped by Handle the Heat, I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

I am giving away an Escali Primo Digital Multifunction Scale to one U.S. or Canadian reader. A scale is invaluable in the kitchen, especially if you like to bake or measure out your portions. One of my favorite baking books, The Art & Soul of Baking, says of measuring by weight,

“… Here’s the most foolproof path to success: Put aside the dry measuring cups, purchase a digital scale, and start weighing. If one thing can improve your baking, beginning with your first pan of brownies, it’s a scale. You don’t need a big professional scale; in fact, a slim, digital one that slips easily out of sight when not in use is perfect for your home baking.”

How to enter:

  • Enter once by leaving a comment on this post telling me what your favorite dessert is (cookies, brownies, cake, pie, fruit, etc). Make sure to leave your email address to be contacted by in case you win!
  • Enter twice by tweeting about the giveaway @handleheat and then leaving me a second comment telling me you’ve tweeted.
  • You have until 12pm MST on Thursday, April 22nd to enter. I will choose a winner on Friday, April 23rd via random.org

When I was deciding what to post about for my blog birthday the first things that came to mind were extravagant cakes and desserts that I normally wouldn’t make. Then I came across this recipe for Mixed Berry Cobbler. Its healthy, simple, and absolutely divine. Why make an extravagant cake when something simple is just as good? Especially since those are the kind of recipes that I feature on Handle the Heat more often. Now, don’t get me wrong, making croissants or a five layer cake from scratch is something I enjoy doing, but not everyday. Mixed berry cobbler is something I could make everyday.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: The berries are luscious on their own but when they are cooked down with a little sugar and a hint of orange they turn into something magical. The cobbler topping makes this recipe that much better, and I actually think it is improved with the use of nutty whole grain flour.
Texture: The berries form an almost chunky jam-consistency when baked. It is lovely.
Ease: Easy peasy.
Appearance: Its rustic and familiar. I love the contrast of the bright pinks and purples or the berries contrasted with a light colored baking dish.
Expense: Frozen berries are less expensive, often fresher since they are picked and frozen at the peak of freshness, and won’t go bad sitting in your fridge for too long.
Pros: Simply delicious and the fact that it is healthy is an added bonus.
Cons: I can’t think of any.
Would I make this again? Maybe next week!

Mixed Berry Cobbler
Yield: 6 servings
From Ellie Krieger’s So Easy

For the Filling:

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (12-ounce) bags frozen mixed berries, thawed (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange, zest finely grated (about 2 teaspoons)

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, toss the berries with whole wheat flour, sugar and zest. Transfer the berry mixture to the baking dish and set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using 2 knives or a pastry cutter until many small pebble-sized pieces are formed.
In a small bowl or pitcher, whisk together the buttermilk and oil. Add the buttermilk-oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until just moistened. Do not over mix. Drop the batter onto the fruit forming 6 mounds. Sprinkle with the remaining teaspoon of sugar. Bake for 30 minutes, until fruit is bubbly and top is golden. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.
   

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62 Responses to “Mixed Berry Cobbler, Blog Birthday, and a Giveaway!”

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    Jan — April 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    my favorite dessert is creme brulee… YUM! :)

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    cjvierow — April 17, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! Arizona does take some getting used to–my sister lives in Mesa. My favorite dessert is Molten Chocolate Cake–the one where the chocolate fudge runs out like a river when you start to spoon out a bite. Gosh, now I'm hungry! CJ

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    Meili — April 18, 2010 at 12:42 am

    my fave dessert is WHATEVER i'm in the mood for that day! seriosuly not the best answer but i just have a general sweet tooth, sometimes its peanut butter cookies, sometimes cheesecake, sometimes cupcakes! It really just depends! theres too much good stuff out there for me to pick only 1! :)Congrats on the 1 year ! (meiliscakes@gmail.com)

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    Meili — April 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I just tweeeeeted! :D

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    Tupper Cooks! — April 18, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Happy anniversary and nice cobbler! My favorite dessert is one I'm making tomorrow (well it'll be tomorrow's favorite). Reeses Peanut Butter and chocolate cheesecake bars. A recipe I just found on Cookin' Canuck. They look awesome and I'll post about 'em Sunday afternoon. Thanks for the chance to win!(gocusetupper@gmail.com)

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    Ashlie & Alfred — April 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Choosing one favorite is tough, but my favorites usually involve fruit. I too am a big fan of cobblers and crips – peach is probably my favorite, though I love pear, and blueberry too. I also love just about any dessert involving pumpkin!

    I look forward to trying out this very healthy version of cobbler.

    abelmore@purdue.edu

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    Ashlie & Alfred — April 18, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Choosing one favorite is tough, but my favorites usually involve fruit. I too am a big fan of cobblers and crips – peach is probably my favorite, though I love pear, and blueberry too. I also love just about any dessert involving pumpkin!

    I look forward to trying out this very healthy version of cobbler.

    abelmore@purdue.edu

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    Meryl — April 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Deep, dark, moist, homemade chocolate cake with freshly whipped cream!

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    Stephanie — April 18, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I love dessert much more than I should, so picking a favorite is a tall order… I've been obsessing over coffee-flavored cakes lately, so I guess I'd have to say mocha cupcakes with espresso buttercream. I'll be trying your banana espresso chocolate chip muffins for sure!

    stellinove1893@hotmail.com

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    lilaznjewel — April 18, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I admit I am obsessed with brownies, but I love me a lemon tart!

    lilaznjewel@yahoo.com

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    Mary — April 18, 2010 at 2:29 am

    My favorite dessert is a lovely pecan tart – oh my!!

    xxMK

    http://delightfulbitefuls.blogspot.com/

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    Becky Schuett — April 18, 2010 at 4:08 am
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    muchadoaboutlisa — April 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Picking a favorite – so hard! But a big slice of over the top chocolate cake is hard to beat!!

    lrooney1@gmail.com

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    emtron — April 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Key Lime Pie.
    So delicious.

    emtronlikestodance@gmail.com

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    carmen — April 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    My favorite dessert is ice cream!

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    grace — April 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    ah, the impossible question! my answer changes at least weekly, and this week the winner is marshmallow milkshakes. :)

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    Deeba PAB — April 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Oh HAPPY BLOGIVERSAY. What a special milestone indeed. I love all fruit based desserts… especially crisps, crumbles and cobblers. Yours looks utterly stunning!

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    Erin — April 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    My fave dessert would have to be apple crisp, hot out of the oven, with some vanilla bean ice cream. :)

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    Lauren — April 18, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Congrats Tessa! Isn't it exciting? I don't think I can choose a single dessert though. Love anything with chocolate, or fruit. Pies are good and so are cakes and cookies and even just plain ripe fruit =D.

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    Heather — April 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Wow, picking one favorite dessert is hard. I'm going to go with chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting though. I love some cream cheese frosting.
    hngoodlett(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Lauren — April 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    And I tweeted =D.

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    Elissa — April 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Congrats Tessa!!! Happy 1 year anniversary! I know what you mean about the fancy cake – I thought about that too – but I thought the mixed berry cobbler looked incredible. I clicked through to it on Tastespotting without knowing it was you! (Oh, and at this time of year, my favorite dessert is ice cream. I can't add my email on here, but I think you've got it!)

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    Topher — April 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My favorite is definitely a chocolate or fruit bread pudding. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Chris

    zekks at yahoo dot com

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    Lauren — April 18, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I'm currently obsessed with Starbucks ice cream.

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    oneordinaryday — April 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Happy bday to your blog. I agree, that this food blogging community rocks! : )

    Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway. My favorite dessert is tiramisu!

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    Leli Wiggins — April 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite dessert is peach cobbler!

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    SJI Radio — April 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Lovely Blog. Congratulations on your first year anniversary. Favorite dessert? Apple Pie, or Cherry Pie, no Banana cream pie, wait wait,Pound cake with berries, oooh strawberry short cake… Sorry.

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    Ashley — April 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Great blog. My favorite dessert is chocolate cake.

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    Emily — April 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite dessert..that might be the hardest thing to answer…I guess some form of decadent cupcake or cake with lots of frosting!

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    Emily — April 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I tweeted your giveaway! Hoping to win this one!

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    shelley c. — April 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I love almost everything dessert, but my favorite is ice cream… over anything, too! :) Tomorrow it'll probably be something else, though… :) Happy blog-iversary!

    shelley
    cmomcook.blogspot.com
    scooney01 gmail com

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    Lili — April 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Happy blogiversary! My favorite dessert is mint chip ice cream, which is a bit of a problem because I'm lactose-intolerant…but I love it anyway!

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    Daniel — April 19, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Blubarb custard pie.

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" — April 19, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Oooh I love all desserts, but I'll say, a creamy cherry topped cheesecake! May have to bake one soon.

    I love berry cobbler too!

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" — April 19, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I tweeted (RT of yours) and now follow you also @MommyImHungry!

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    Marlenie — April 19, 2010 at 2:49 am

    I love love LOVE cheesecake. :)

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    Dixie — April 19, 2010 at 3:44 am

    My favorites are key lime pie and carrot cake… Yum!

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    Brittany — April 19, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I love anything chocolate! And warm and gooey, so usually it's brownies or cake. Love your website!!!

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    Hyun — April 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Napoleons! Anything with a ton of cream and puffed pastry sheets.

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    Lars — April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    My favorite changes daily, but really love moist yellow cake with chocolate frosting! Haven't had it in a really long time!

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    Lars — April 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I also tweeted your giveaway

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    K2 — April 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Oh, so many of the ones listed before mine are so, so yummy but hands down my favorite dessert was the Zabaglione (spelling?) that I had a Harry's in Venice many, many years ago with a long lost love…memories and Zabaglione…so sweet!

    kgscas(at)gmail(dot)com

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    suburban prep — April 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Oh so love Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and I also love Tiramisu.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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    Patty — April 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Very fine aromatic dark chocolate. :)

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    Kitchen Runway — April 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Oh this is hard…I would have to say creme brulee =)

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    susitravl — April 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I love brownies of all types – my favorite is from a Pillsbury cookbook from the late 80's or early 90's – Aloha Brownies. Pineapple, coconut and nuts in the brownies, topped with a cream cheese frosting. My brothers would disown me if I didn't serve them at every family function.

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    MelKat — April 20, 2010 at 1:24 am

    My favorite dessert? I like fancy things, like tiramisu, but my absolute favorites are the simple things, like a chocolate chip cookie or a scoop of strawberry ice cream. Nothing can beat the classics!

    mkatzin4218(at)gmail(dot)com

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    hannah | honey & jam — April 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

    happy blog birthday, tessa!

    my favorite is cookies of any kind.

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    hannah | honey & jam — April 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

    happy blog birthday, tessa!

    my favorite is cookies of any kind.

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    Stephanie — April 20, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    its amazing how fast a year goes by, isn't it? congrats on blogging for a whole year! i'd have to say my fave dessert is BLONDIES. they're so versatile – you can add so many DIFFERENT things to them, so many different toppings, that they can be completely different each time you make them. :)
    your berry cobbler looks great, i'm preparing to make one of those in a few days!

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    Peachykeen — April 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Caramel pudding with sea salt. So..good..

    Happy B-day to your blog! :-)

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    Lori — April 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    MOlten Lava Cakes!!! Divine! : – )

    lhammons@ma.rr.com

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    Elaine — April 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Anything with frosting – whether it be a brownie, a cookie, cake, just lots of icing on something to hold it up with while eating… Texs Chocolate Sheet Cake possibly!

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    The Prickly Pinecone — April 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I love raspberry pavlova! Yummy!

    thepricklypinecone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    Carolsue — April 22, 2010 at 4:50 am

    My favorite dessert is Bananas Foster!
    digicat{AT}sbcglobal{DOT}net

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    greenjuju — April 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My all-time favorite dessert would be strawberry ice cream with strawberry chunks!!

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    greenjuju — April 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My all-time favorite dessert would be strawberry ice cream with strawberry chunks!!

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    - natalia — April 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    My all time favorite dessert is carrot cake! Especially in the form of a cupcake for no other reason that it's a cupcake! :)

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    Kathryn — August 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    That cobbler looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest here!

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    michael — September 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Great overview of the sharpening alternatives in sharpening. I didn't know theasian knives differed in that measure from western design. I use asian cleaver for almost everything but paring as I worked a Lu style restaurant for 3 years, I just thought they were better, perhaps they stay sharper longer as the weight makes some of the whacking behavior unnecessary? I've never been able to sharpen very well. I'm out of the restaurant scene now due to the economy and a little annoying disability which I am not compensated for so frugality reigns in my family, except for the food side My daughter grew up around my access to that world and I keep it up at home. Downside,her friends want to eat here. Upside, she's around. Keep up the nice blog, wish I was stiil in Scottsdale. Sharpener would be nice. Michael B at 1353taco@gmail.comI'll watch for ya.

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    katherine — June 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I love birthdays oh so very much….that being said, every year since I was 13, I've had a party on my birthday which last the whole week of my birthday because I could never get anyone organized for my actual birthday or it fell on a school day or something. It makes my birthday week pretty awesome.
    kids parties Miami

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    cflores — April 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I'm doing a party for 100 this sat. How many times do u think I could multiply this recipe by to have it turn out. How many would u multiply it by to serve a small dessert for 100? Thanks!

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