My brain finally kicked into gear last Thursday and I remembered which cobbler Spork liked so much last summer. He threw me when he said it was shortbread-y. It was actually a cobbler topped with a shortcake, from my old 1948 Betty Crocker cookbook (have I ever mentioned my cookbook collection? ). Spork's mom has that cookbook and I was trying to help him recapture his youth by making her cobbler recipe. Unfortunately, that wasn't the recipe she used, but it turns out that Spork really liked the shortcake. Personally, I still really dig the crisp, but I also loves me some shortcake, so this is one we can agree on.
Again, for your salivating pleasure, I provide photographic evidence:
Results: For this recipe, you cook the blackberries, sugar and cornstarch in a small amount of water before baking. This results in a thicker syrup, which I like a lot better than the watery texture of some of the other recipes. I think a little orange or lemon zest would have been a good addition and I almost used orange juice instead of water, but I was trying to follow the recipe (for a change). This one was really nice - let's hope I can remember it next summer.