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    Silent Shade Cobbler

    Source of Recipe

    From "Screen Doors and Sweet Tea" by Martha Hall Foose

    Recipe Introduction

    "Silent Shade Bridge was a beautiful decorative little bridge over the Yazoo River. The name sounded much more melodic than any of the memorial-named bridges. The small bridge was raised and lowered with a tractor and cable, and a mule before that. Eventually the bridge was turned sideways, the run of the river, and taken out of commission. I get the blues when I think of that lovely, peaceful river-crossing now all but forgotten. I guess this sweet deep-blue cobbler is a fitting memorial."

    List of Ingredients

    ◦ 5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
    ◦ 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    ◦ 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    ◦ 2 teaspoons baking powder
    ◦ 1 teaspoon salt
    ◦ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    ◦ teaspoon ground mace
    ◦ 3 cups sugar
    ◦ 1 cup whole milk
    ◦ 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    ◦ teaspoon vanilla extract
    ◦ 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    ◦ 1 cups boiling water


    Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Spread the blueberries in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Drizzle the lemon juice over the berries and set aside.

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, teaspoon of the salt, the nutmeg, mace, 1 cups of the sugar, the milk, butter, and vanilla. Spoon over the berries and spread in an even layer.

    In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 cups sugar, the remaining teaspoon salt, and the cornstarch. Sprinkle this mixture over the batter. Pour the boiling water evenly over the top of the cobbler. Poke a few holes down in the batter with the handle of a wooden spoon. Bake for 1 hour or until the top is golden brown, frosted, and shiny. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Serves 8




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