Here at the October Country Inn, whenever we find ourselves with a bit of extra fruit that needs to be used, or we get an overwhelming desire for something sweet, Joanie’s fruit cobbler is our go-to desert of choice. It’s not complicated, uses the commonly stocked ingredients listed below, and really hits the spot.
- 1/2 a cup of butter
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 3 cups of cut fruit or berries of your choice. A 12 ounce bag of frozen berries is perfect.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. We like to make this cobbler in a #8 cast iron pan, but you can also use a similarly sized pyrex baking dish. Combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder in a medium sized mixing bowl. Place the butter in the pan and put in the oven to melt. Have the milk, brown sugar, and fruit at hand in separate containers.
Remove the pan from the oven when the butter is melted. Pour the milk into the mixing bowl with the flour,sugar, and baking powder and stir really slowly barely incorporating it all into a lumpy mass. Pour this batter into the pan on top of the melted butter, distribute the fruit around evenly, and then spread the brown sugar around the edges and over the top with your hand.
Stick the whole thing back in the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes or so. Keep checking. The top should be a golden brown when done. Take it out out of the oven and set in on a rack to let cool until it settles into a thick fruity mass before serving. We often add a scoop of Ben and Jerry’s vanilla ice cream to the top. It just seems to make sense. If you like this desert as much as we do, thank Joanie.