6 cups fresh mixed
berries, such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup rum
finely grated orange peel
2 1/4 cups cake and pastry
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to
Grease an 8-inch baking dish and set aside. If using
strawberries, slice in halves. Place berries in a large bowl.
In a small
bowl, using a fork, stir sugar with cornstarch until blended. Add to berries
along with rum and orange peel. Stir gently until mixed. Turn into prepared
baking dish and spread out evenly.
Using a fork, stir flour
with baking powder, lime peel, salt and sugar. Cut shortening into flour
mixture until it resembles oatmeal.
Make a well in dry ingredients and pour
in milk. Mix just until a wet dough forms. Do not overmix.
of dough randomly on top of berry mixture. Use back of a spoon to spread a
little dough just over open spaces.
Sprinkle dough evenly with brown sugar.
Place baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
Bake until topping
is golden and cooked through, from 50 to 55 minutes. Insert a skewer into
centre of cobbler. If it comes out fairly clean except for berries, it is done.