Monday, September 21, 2009
I have a small arsenal of fall-back recipes. The ones I cook week after month after year, and we still haven't tired of them. Wheat bread, french bread, prawn coconut curry, chili, pinto beans...
This is one of those recipes, and you want to make it.
A quick and simple batter topped with juicy fruit, it takes only as long as it takes to cut and peel the fruit, and it bakes up into something magnificent. Soft and dense when warm, chewy and firm when cold...you want this. Tonight.
So quick- find some fruit, fresh or canned, and make a batch today!
Grandma's Miracle Cobbler
Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Plop a few tablespoons of butter in a 9x13 inch casserole pan and put it in the oven to melt the butter. Meanwhile, mix 2 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups milk, 2 teaspoons baking powder, a teaspoon of vanilla, and about a 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk together. When the butter is melted, pull the pan out of the oven, swirl a bit to spread the butter, and pour the batter in. Sprinkle with about 8 cups of chopped fruit- fresh, frozen, or canned are all fine. Peaches, blueberries, nectarines, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all family favorites. Anything soft and juicy. If you like, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top too. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.
This is best after it's cooled for a while, and is amazing with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. And the best part- it's kind of like a fruit pancake, and therefore makes a completely acceptable breakfast. Score!