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Cast iron skillets aren't just for frying chicken. This time-honored, heavy-duty pan is the perfect vessel for making fruit-filled desserts that look great when served directly in the skillet. Baking this easy-to-make blackberry cobbler in your large cast iron skillet is an excellent way to use fresh blackberries in a dessert, but feel free to make the cobbler with raspberries or strawberries instead, or to combine raspberries with your blackberries when in season.
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 cups blackberries (picked over, rinsed, and drained)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter (cold, cut into small pieces)
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Heat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a large bowl, stir together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup cold water until cornstarch is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup sugar, the lemon juice, and blackberries; combine gently.
In another mixing bowl, combine the flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup boiling water and stir the mixture until it just forms a dough.
Transfer the blackberry mixture to a seasoned cast iron skillet and bring to a boil, stirring often. Drop spoonfuls of the dough onto the boiling mixture.
Place the skillet on the foil-lined baking sheet to catch any overspill.
Bake the cobbler in the middle of the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the topping is golden.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
The Benefits of Cast Iron
A black cast iron pan may remind us of cooking over an open fire, but these sturdy skillets are a useful piece of equipment to have in any kitchen. The pan can go from stovetop to oven to grill, making it quite versatile when searing and then baking the same dish. The excellent heat retention is ideal for frying as it helps maintain the oil's temperature resulting in evenly cooked food. But the high sides and heavy design also works well when baking certain desserts, as well as many other types of dishes from breakfasts to pizzas.
As an added benefit, the iron in the cast iron is good for us; eating food from this type of pan will help increase our iron intake. And because it doesn't have a nonstick coating, you never have to worry about the finish coming off in your food. One of the best aspects of a cast iron skillet is its value—compared to many other types of cookware, it is very affordable and will last not only your lifetime but for generations beyond. A well-used cast iron skillet is a wonderful cooking tool to pass on!