2018 Berry Cobbler Show Down

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018 at the St. Johns Farmers Market

Show us your best baking skills by entering the 2018 Berry Cobbler Showdown at the St. Johns Farmers Market! 

Use at least 1 ingredient purchased at the St. Johns Farmers Market, bring your fresh cobbler to the market, have the market attendees taste test and vote for their favorites. You could be the next Berry Cobbler Showdown Winner!




Fresh market ingredients and culinary creativity shine at the first RECIPE CONTEST of the season

The 2017 Berry Cobbler Showdown was a great success with five community members entering their version of this classic summer dish. Anyone visiting the July 15th market had the opportunity to sample all of the recipes and cast a vote for their top cobbler.

The competition was tight but after all of the votes were tallied, a creation by Yulia Arakelyan, Fiesty Cobbler, emerged as the winner! Featuring blackberries, habanero sauce, and a fluffy topping, this dish stood out with its delicious combination of spicy and sweet flavors. Thanks to all of the bakers who participated in the competition, and congratulations again to Yulia for taking home this year's Golden Spoon. You can find the winning recipe below and check out the St. Johns Farmers Market for the most fresh, juicy, and sweet fruit around from Fujii Farms, Valley Berry, Baird Family Orchard, May's Produce and Flowers, Amaros Produce, or Greenville Farm.

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fiesty cobbler by yulia arakelyan 



3 cups fresh blackberries from the St Johns Farmers Market

1/4 cup sugar

Habanero sauce, as much or as little as you'd like

Habanero sauce:

1 roasted Habanero pepper

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tbs. sugar

Small handful of blackberries


1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

Zest of one lemon (more or less)

to make the habanero sauce:

You can make this ahead of time. The measurements are just suggestions. You can add more or less of everything depending on your taste. I roasted the peppers on broil in the oven, 4-5 minutes, flip, then another 4-5 minutes. When done and cool enough to handle, discard the stem. Blend the pepper, vinegar, sugar, and berries with an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Transfer to a small pot and heat on low for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.

To make the cobbler:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9"x 9" square baking dish. Mix the berries with 1/4 cup sugar and as much of the Habanero Sauce as you like. Place the berry mixture into the prepared pan.

Which together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a separate medium bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until well-blended. Mix in the dry ingredients until mixture resembles crumbs. I used a hand mixer for this. Drop the dough evenly on top of berries. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and fruit is bubbly.