{euna mae's} company cobbler

COMPANY COBBLER

{makes one 12" cast iron skillet or a 9x13 baker}

 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

4 cups of fresh or frozen fruit, partially thawed

blackberries, blueberries, peaches, strawberries, cherries, mixed summer berries

1 cup of sugar plus a little more for sweetening fruit

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest (optional)

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a pinch of sea salt

1 cup whole milk, 2% will do

1 teaspoon good vanilla extract 

 

Preheat the oven to 350.

Place the stick of butter in the cast iron skillet, and place in the preheated oven to melt about 5-6 minutes.

Place the fresh fruit or partially thawed fruit in a bowl, stirring in optional lemon zest and about 1/4 cup or so of sugar on the fruit to sweeten. Set aside. The sugar will help the fruit release natural juices while it sits.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and pinch of sea salt. Add the one cup of sugar, milk and vanilla; whisk till well combined. 

Remove the skillet from the oven with an oven mitt or potholders, and pour the melted butter into the batter and whisk to combine. Pour all of the batter back into the hot skillet, then spoon the juicy berries around the center of the batter. Yep, just right on top!

Sprinkle the entire top of the skillet with sugar - batter, berries and all!

Bake right around 1 hour until the top is golden brown and the batter looks crisp around the edges and has pulled away from the pan. Serve hot or warm with ice cream. Can be eaten at room temperature too!