4 c Fresh blackberries 3/4 c + 2 tb Sugar 3 tb + 1 3/4 c Flour 1 1/2 c Water 1 tb Lemon juice 2 ts Baking powder 1 ts Salt 1/4 c Shortening 6 tb Whipping cream 6 tb Buttermilk or sour milk 2 tb Butter, melted Cream & sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place berries in a lightly greased 2-quart baking dish.
Combine 3/4 c sugar and 3 Tbsp flour; add water and lemon juice, mixing well. Pour syrup over berries; bake about 15 minutes while preparing the pastry.
Make pastry by combining 1 3/4 c flour, 2 Tbsp sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs; stir in whipping cream and buttermilk. Knead dough 4 or 5 times; roll to about 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough to fit baking dish.
Raise oven temperature to 425. Place pastry over hot berries; brush with melted butter. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown. Serve cobbler warm with cream and sugar.