When I heard my mom had invited company over for dinner, I immediately offered to help out and make the dessert. And given the fact that there were 3 containers of fresh blueberries in the fridge, I knew they would have to be utilized in whatever I made.
My mom suggested that I do a cold custard blueberry tart. This sounded good to me, but I was in the mood for something more basic, simple, and less time-consuming to make (I had plans to spend the afternoon at the pool).
Cobbler quickly came to mind as not 24 hours before I’d seen a great blueberry cobbler recipe on Pinterest. It was from a blog called “No. 2 Pencil” for Grandma Bea’s Blueberry Cobbler. It looked fantastic. I loved the simplicity of the ingredients, and there is something so quintessentially “American Summer” about a blueberry cobbler.
The book (which is memoir) focuses on Gesine’s transition from a career as a producer in Hollywood to leaving it all behind in order to open a bakery in a small town in Vermont. Each chapter in the book starts with a recipe of a baked good that either is a personal favorite of Gesine’s, or something that is a popular item at her bakery.
One of the recipes that jumped out to me was the recipe for her German grandmother’s apfelkuchen (apple cake). Gesine’s mother was a German opera singer (her dad is American), and as her mother was from Germany, she naturally had ties to the country and spent a lot of time their as a small child, and then later as a young adult.