This elevated, Southern take on a red, white, and blue dessert could not be more delicious or impressive. We've combined the flavors of fresh, local berries with sweet cobbler and the ever-popular red velvet cake. Taking a spoonful of this colorful, layered dessert gives you that taste of classic cobbler that you love, infused with a little chocolate, and the creamy chill of homemade ice cream. Using berries at the height of the summer season gives bright flavor to this cobbler recipe, and is the perfect way to use up any leftover produce from the farmers' market. When you serve this Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler layered with our homemade in a chilled glass, guests will ask for seconds – guaranteed! Top off your individual cobbler glasses with a few sprigs of fresh mint and serve on a platter for a festive Fourth of July presentation.
If you're feeling a little adventurous, there are a few variations on this recipe that you can also try. For a Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler, omit the red food coloring and substitute 6 cups pitted fresh cherries (about 2 1/2 to 3 lb.) for the fresh berries. Decrease the flour to 1 cup, and increase the unsweetened cocoa to 1/4 cup. Continue with the recipe as directed. For a Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler sundae – who can resist? – top scoops of Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream, a healthy topping of hot fudge sauce, a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, and fresh cherries (with stems).