Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Red Velvet Cobbler Sundaes

This is a sponsored post by Hudsonville Ice Cream, but the text and opinions are all mine. Thank you for supporting brands that make Kylee's Kitchen possible!

My favorite summer desserts are a celebration of seasonal produce! Of course, everyone loves fruit pies, but the dough can be a time-consuming process, and pies require a long cooling time. In the summer, I gravitate toward no-fuss desserts, which is why I love fruit cobbler. Cobblers are very versatile, and you can easily adapt the flavors to incorporate what is currently in season.

Many people have strong opinions about what makes a good cobbler topping. I prefer cobblers with thick biscuit-dough topping as opposed to a cake-like topping. I love the combination of textures—the biscuits are tender on the inside with a crisp crust so they absorb some of the warm fruit juices without getting soggy. All its missing is a scoop of cold, creamy ice cream on top. 

Ice cream and summer go hand-in-hand, and there isn’t a more festive flavor to celebrate the season than Hudsonville’s Limited Edition American Fireworks ice cream. The sweet and sour ice cream has ribbons of sour cherry swirl and is mixed with blue popping candy. It’s a celebration in every scoop. It inspired me to create patriotic red velvet cobbler sundaes.

I want to emphasize that red velvet isn’t chocolate dyed red. There are only 3 tablespoons of cocoa in this recipe, so the red velvet biscuit topping has just the slightest hint of chocolate. Instead, I would describe the flavor as rich and wonderfully buttery with some tanginess from the buttermilk. I highly recommend using red gel food coloring over liquid food coloring because gel food coloring is more concentrated so you need less.

Use any combination of fresh or frozen berries for the filling. If you’re using frozen berries, there’s no need to thaw them first. You want enough fruit to fill your baking dish between halfway and three-quarters full. If you’re using an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan, you’ll need around 6 to 8 cups of fruit.

One of the most important steps when making a delicious cobbler is to allow your berries to macerate before baking. Macerating softens the fruit and draws out its juices, creating a thick and delicious berry syrup when it bakes. To achieve this, combine the fruit with the sugar and cornstarch and let it sit for about 20 minutes, mixing periodically, before topping it with the cobbler dough.

Once the cobbler finishes baking and cools slightly, it’s time to prepare the ultimate patriotic sundae with Hudsonville’s Limited Edition American Fireworks ice cream. You can use a sundae glass, a mason jar, or even a tall cup for this. Layer one large spoonful of red velvet cobbler with one scoop of American Fireworks ice cream and repeat until you have at least two layers of each.

This easy and festive dessert is bursting with flavor in every bite. Use this Scoop Locator tool to find American Fireworks ice cream near you—it’s at Meijer in Indy-area stores! 

Red Velvet Cobbler Sundaes

Yield: 8 servings


For the fruit filling

  • 8 cups berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar 
  • 2 Tablespoons (10 grams) cornstarch

For the red velvet biscuit topping

  • 1 3/4 cups (210 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons (15 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon red gel food coloring

For the sundaes


For the fruit filling
  1. Mix together berries, sugar, and cornstarch. 
  2. Transfer mixture to 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish, spread in an even layer, and set aside.

For the red velvet biscuit topping

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Use pastry cutter or fingers to cut butter into dry ingredients until you have pea-sized crumbs.
  4. Mix together buttermilk, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and food coloring. 
  5. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until mixture becomes cohesive dough.
  6. Form dough balls with your hands and place over berries.
  7. Place in oven and bake 50 minutes to 1 hour. You can double-check that the biscuits are done by using a thermometer. The temperature should read 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Cool at least 20 minutes before preparing sundaes.

For the sundaes

  1. Layer cobbler in sundae or parfait glasses with American Fireworks ice cream.

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