How are you celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, readers? I'm sure most of you will be enjoying food and fireworks with friends and family, so today we're sharing a recipe for a dessert that's almost as American as apple pie: blueberry cobbler! Jeni Britton Bauer, owner of the quickly growing Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, expands upon her ice cream offerings with plenty of unique new flavors, but her recipes for baked goods, sundaes, parfaits and frozen layered cakes in Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts are the real show-stoppers here.

Blueberry Cobbler

Makes 9 servings

  • 2 ½ pounds blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ of dough for Sweet Cream Shortcakes (recipe below)

Butter an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Combine the blueberries with the sugar, salt and lemon juice in a medium bowl, tossing to coat.

Add to the prepared pan. Spoon the batter over the fruit, making 9 equal biscuits.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Bake the cobber for 35 minutes, until the tops of the biscuits are golden and the berries are bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Sweet Cream Shortcakes

Makes 9 to 12 servings

  • 3 cups self-rising flour, preferably White Lily
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 2 2/3 cups heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Butter a quarter sheet pan.

Put the flour and cold butter in a food processor and pulse 15 times. Add the cream and pulse until the dough comes together into a shaggy mess.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and press it together. Fold the dough in half, then fold it over itself two or three times, just until it is no longer clumpy. Spread the dough onto the pan—it spreads easily, so you can use your hands.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove the cake from the oven and cool on a rack.

Excerpted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Kelsey McClellan. Read our review of this book.

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