– 2 cups mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries – take your pick)
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 1 cup milk
– ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Optional toppings: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Place your trusty cast-iron skillet in the oven as it preheats – this ensures a perfectly golden and crisped cobbler crust.
Step 2: While the oven works its magic, let’s prepare the berry filling. Rinse your mixed berries under cold water and gently pat them dry. If you like an extra burst of flavor, you can toss them in a sprinkle of sugar and let them macerate for a few minutes. This step is optional but highly recommended.
Step 3: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir well, ensuring no lumps remain. Now, add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix everything until the batter is smooth and well incorporated.
Step 4: Take the hot skillet out of the oven (make sure to use oven mitts!) and generously grease it with butter or cooking spray. Pour the batter into the skillet, evenly spreading it over the bottom. Don’t worry if it looks lumpy – that’s just part of the rustic charm.
Step 5: Next, scatter the mixed berries on top of the batter. Feel free to arrange them in a delightful pattern or simply toss them haphazardly. It’s about embracing the joy of imperfection!
Step 6: Carefully place your skillet back into the oven and let the magic happen. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the cobbler has turned a lovely golden brown and the berry juices are bubbling around the edges.
Step 7: Once the berry cobbler has achieved the perfect balance between sweet and tart, take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes. This will also help the berry juices thicken slightly.
Step 8: Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Allow the creamy goodness to melt into the warm, fruity cobbler, creating a symphony of flavors.
Now, for a few tips and suggestions to take your berry cobbler to the next level:
– Experiment with the berry selection. Try using blackberries, cherries, or even a medley of tropical fruits for a tantalizing twist.
– Enhance the cobbler’s comforting notes by adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter or a touch of lemon zest to the berries.
– Feeling adventurous? Swap out the all-purpose flour with almond flour or gluten-free flour for a delightful alternative that satisfies various dietary needs.
Berry cobbler is a dessert that transcends time, connecting us to our past and sweetening our present. So gather your loved ones, linger around the table, and savor each spoonful of this delightful slice of summer. For, in the words of culinary pioneer Julia Child, “A party without cake is just a meeting,” and a life without berry cobbler is a life bereft of summer’s sweetest memories.