Forget tempermental pie crusts and labor-intensive layer cakes. Based on your comments, this recipe fits all your dessert requirements this season.

By Patricia S York
easy blackberry cobbler

It seems almost counter-intuitive for a site that houses hundreds and hundreds of delicious dessert recipes to suggest that, actually, there is just one single dessert recipe that will get you through the entire summer. Whether you are going to an outdoor picnic, a family reunion, or a church social, or whether you need to bake a dessert for a rehearsal dinner or a casual weeknight meal, there is one mouthwatering, delightful, and trouble-free dessert recipe that will meet all these needs. In other words, if you were forced to choose between all the tall stately layer cakes, the smooth and creamy icebox desserts, the pound cakes, the bundt cakes, the puddings, the pies…you would choose this sweet and juicy Easy Blackberry Cobbler. This recipe, first published in the July 2008, issue of Southern Living, was an instant hit with the readers and remains a top-rated favorite today. Based upon reader comments, here are four reasons why this is your go-to recipe this summer.

The Recipe is Adaptable

We love fresh fruit cobblers for many reasons, one being the flexibility of the simple recipes. Because the fruit is the star ingredient of a cobbler, this recipe has traditionally been very unpretentious; the few additional ingredients, such as sugar, butter, a spice or two, more often than not play well with ALL fruits. You can substitute one berry for another or create a delicious mix of whatever you brought home from the farmers' market. A reader wrote that she had an abundance of assorted fresh berries that needed to get used. She combined blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries and this cobbler "turned out to be one of the best I have ever baked and eaten."

This Recipe is Quick and Easy

You spend just 10 short minutes preparing the blackberries and stirring the topping together. Then, while the cobbler bakes for a mere 35 minutes, you can wash some dishes, read a few chapters of a book, or go outside and play with your dog. Take the cobbler from the oven and let it rest for 10 more minutes, and serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream. As one reader put it, "this is both delicious and a huge return on a rather minimal work investment."

This Recipe is User-Friendly

Recipes with long ingredient lists and instructions that use phrases such as "meanwhile, working quickly…" often discourage novice bakers. This easy fruit cobbler is ideal for an inexperienced cook just cutting her teeth in the kitchen. The ingredient list is limited to the berries plus 5 more items, and the hands-on time is a mere 10 minutes. Just stir, dump, and wait. A reader commented that she seldom bakes because she hates tedious recipes. This cobbler recipe is "just her speed."

This Recipe Fits Any Size Dish

If you are hosting a ladies' brunch, this cobbler looks beautiful baked in individual ramekins for personal-size cobblers. For a family-style meal, bake the recipe in an 8-inch square baking dish, and serve it from the table. Need even more cobbler? This recipe doubles easily, so pull out your favorite large baking dish and double the ingredient amounts. Remember, feel free to mix and match your berries and stone fruits to create a one-of-a kind dessert. A fan of this recipe let us know that not only did she mix peaches, blueberries, and blackberries, but that she "doubled the recipe, baked it in a large disposable pan, and took it to my family reunion. Everyone loved the cobbler and I came home empty handed – not a spoonful was left."

WATCH: Make Easy Blackberry Cobbler

Summer fruits are perfect just as they are, which is why a cobbler is the ideal recipe to use this summer. Just a few extra ingredients is all you need to create a delicious yet quick and easy dessert.