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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Blackberry Cobbler


Blackberry Cobbler


Recipe courtesy of Portland Fire & Rescue's Public Information Officer Paul Corah


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries (thawed and drained)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

  • Cream, whipped cream or ice cream


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together blackberries and sugar. Let stand about 20 minutes or until fruit syrup forms.
  3. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Stir in melted butter until blended. Spread in ungreased 8-inch square pan.
  4. Spoon blackberry mixture over batter.
  5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until dough rises and is golden.
  6. Serve warm with cream.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  November 22, 2011 


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November 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM


Fire & EMS work consists of training (which, with budget constraints - among other things - can't soak up all of someones time), maintenance (you can only polish it so much before you polish it right out of existence), and thumb-twiddling - with intermittent bursts of adrenaline filled activity, followed by "lather, rinse, repeat" of the above.

At the same time, most fire folks are restricted to their station house, often for days at a time (with 24hr shifts and such)which means cooking skills suddenly get important if they want something more palatable than an endless supply of bologna sandwiches.

Sharing recipes amongst themselves makes sense. It costs nothing to share the better ones on the website. And more than a few departments have published firehouse cookbooks for profit - to fund training and equipment upgrades.

So what, other than simple mean-spiritedness, is going on here?


Christopher Taylor

November 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM

Posting recipes doesn't cost anything and firefighters have to cook so they will have some to share. I think its a great idea, get off their backs.



November 23, 2011 at 1:06 PM

That is a recipe from Betty Crocker, a Gold Medal Winner a few years back from a lady in Ohio, I believe. Where's the attribute?


Tena Carr

November 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

@ GC & Christian. I agree. @GC couldn't have said it better myself. It costs nothing to post the recipe and only takes mere minutes - And it shows a human side to firefighters. As long as they aren't posting when suppose to be going out on a call (Don't know of any firefighters yet that would fit that bill) or otherwise shirking on their duties -I don't see a problem with it.

These guys (& gals) work hard and risk life. They don't deserve slamming for posting a simple recipe. Criminey, it's not as if their posting porn or something.

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