Blackberry Doobie

Blackberry Doobie

I call the woods around the farm Where the Wild Things Are, because great-​grandmother Florine’s mimosa trees and great-​grandfatherHorace’s blackberries and muscadines have all volunteered and gone a little crazy back in there, where they are free to flourish. As a kid, we had wild blackberries growing along the edges of the ditch when Galilee Road beside our farm was a dirt road. When they were ready for picking, my cousins and I would fill our buckets with more blackberries than Nana could possibly use because we knew if we did, she would say, “Now, y’all done picked enough for to make a doobie.” A doobie is kind of like a cobbler, but it’s more akin to sweet dumplings. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream, vanilla bean ice cream, or a scoop of one of the gelatos on page 211. Once you take a bite, you’ll taste summer for real.

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For the Blackberry Doobie: 

  1. 4 pints blackberries
  2. ½ cup Sucanat* or granulated sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch
  4. 1 cup cold water
  5. 4 tablespoons cold butter
  6. ½ batch Hot Buttermilk Biscuits dough (page 45)

For the Hot Buttermilk Biscuit Dough:

  1. 2 ¼ cups self-​rising flour
  2. ¼ teaspoon (a pinch) of fine sea salt
  3. 1 ½ cups buttermilk
  4. Honey Butter (recipe follows)

For the Honey Butter:

  1. ¼ cup locally sourced wildflower honey
  2. 1 cup unsalted butter
  3. Pinch of kosher salt


For the Blackberry Doobie: 

  1. In a large pot, toss the blackberries with the sugar and arrowroot. Let the blackberries sit for 20 minutes, then add the water and butter and turn on the heat to medium. Once the blackberries come to a boil, turn the heat down to simmer.
  2. While the blackberries simmer, use a tablespoon to drop biscuit dough onto the surface of the blackberries until you’ve used up all the dough. Cover the pot and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the dough is cooked through.

For the Hot Buttermilk Biscuit Dough:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine 2 cups of the flour and the salt in a bowl. Add the buttermilk to the flour mixture and stir until the dough starts to take on a tacky consistency (where the dough barely sticks to your palm when you lay it on top of the dough).
  3. Using half of the remaining flour, dust the countertop and turn the biscuit dough onto the floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to a half-inch thickness, and fold over twice. Repeat twice, then roll the dough to a half-inch thick.
  4. Dip a medium-sized biscuit cutter into the remaining flour, shake off the excess, then punch out biscuits from the dough (do not twist or turn the cutter). Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet. Put the baking sheet in the oven and bake the biscuits for 12 to 15 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown. Serve warm with Honey Butter.

For the Honey Butter:

  1. Place the honey and butter in a small pan and warm it over low heat until the butter just melts. Remove the pan from the stove and allow the butter to cool for 10 minutes. Add a pinch of salt.
  2. Using an immersion blender, puree the honey mixture until the honey and butter combine and the color turns slightly lighter than the original honey color. Pour the butter into a pint-sized mason jar and seal. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

*Note: Sucanat is simply a less-processed derivative of natural sugarcane and involves no chemicals in the making the way white granulated sugar does. The gift: a healthier sweetener with a richer, more complex flavor profile, which means you need less of it in a recipe.

Adapted from Bress ‘n’ Nyam by Matthew Raiford.

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