It was a mad dash to the kitchen for competing teams today in the 1st Annual Pro-Am Cobbler Gobbler, sponsored by High Road Craft Ice Cream. The event marked the grand opening of High Road Craft Ice Cream’s new manufacturing facility and storefront in Marietta. Six teams competed for the title, and the taste-testing was incredible.
With cobblers of berries, peaches, rhubarb, and even buttered pineapple, the variety made for an amazing show of culinary prowess. Some had crumble toppings, some had sweet crusts and biscuits, and still others had cookie tops. All were delicious with distinct flavor profiles. Though we didn’t win today’s competition – we put up a dish that pleased the crowd. After just a few hours, we had no cobbler left – it disappeared and left people wanting more. Congratulations go to Denise Romeo of We Like to Cook/Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society and her cooking companion Kathleen Miliotis of Davio’s for their pineapple/rum/black pepper cobbler.
Team Kyle Anderson – Savor the Salt
My teammate was the wonderfully talented Chef Kyle Anderson (more about him later) of the Hyatt Regency in Buckhead. Our Blueberry Peach Walnut Cobbler with Blueberry Compote combined the best of summer flavors with memories of favorite desserts from grandmother’s kitchen. The secret ingredient besides a healthy dose of nutmeg and cinnamon? Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey!
With a topping that was not quite an oatmeal cookie and not quite a sweetened biscuit, the recipe mingled butter with chopped walnuts, oatmeal, flour, and sugar. We applied the topping in rounded scoops, which allowed it to bake beautifully while the fruits roasted beneath the cobbler’s crust.
Next step was to make a blueberry compote. In the first phase, we roasted fat sweet blueberries with sugar in a hot oven until softened. Then, over a low flame, we reduced additional sugar with the concentrated blueberries and juice. The result was a syrupy compote, rich with whole berries and bursting with flavor.
While visitors took the High Road Craft Ice Cream facility tour and tasted samples, the Pro-Am teams set up for the event. And the end result? Empty cobbler pans and lots of happy smiles on the faces of today’s Grand Opening guests.
Would you like to visit the High Road Craft Ice Cream manufacturing facility and new Corner Store?
Pay them a visit – and save space in your freezer before you do. After you taste your way through their ice cream repertoire, my guess is that you’ll come home with more than one of your favorite pints. And you’ll be converting your friends and family into High Road Craft Ice Cream lovers as well.