Every weekend the strawberry stand by the Balboa Island Ferry is humming with people waiting to make the journey across the canal. The seasonal strawberry stand that sits right off the boardwalk near that heavily crossed ferry landing, radiates with the sweet aromas of freshly picked strawberries. Even if you only decide on a single berry dipped in chocolate, they are magnificent and delectably sweet. Seeing their shutters open is one of my all-time favorite summertime memories as it marks warm weather, sun-kissed cheeks and pedicured toes strolling the island’s sandy beaches.
Yield: 6 – 8 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
2 pounds hulled and quartered strawberries, organic if possible
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice, from approximately 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest, from approximately 1 lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or paste
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh mint
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, not instant
6-ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature or melted
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
To prepare the strawberries:
2. In a large bowl, add strawberries, flour, lemon juice and zest, sugar, vanilla extract or paste, and mint. Using a wooden spoon, carefully combine until evenly incorporated. Allow the berries to macerate in the sugar at room temperature until juices form at the bottom of the bowl, approximately 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the crumble.
To prepare the crumble:
4. In a medium size bowl, add flour, oats, butter, and brown sugar. Using a wooden spoon, mix until evenly combined and flour has been absorbed.
To assemble and bake:
5. In an 8x8-inch square baking dish, add the strawberries and spread in an even layer.
6. Evenly divide the crumble in an even layer across the strawberries.
7. Place in preheated 375ºF oven and bake until crumble is golden brown and strawberries are bubbling, approximately 50 minutes.
8. Remove from oven and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
9. Best served a la mode while still hot.
Kitchen Note: For a fun and festival way to serve cobbler, consider baking them in individual serving size ramekins instead. Just be mindful that cooking times will vary.