Come on Spring: Berry Cobbler for a Lazy Day
You may already know that the Mister and I have three children whom I refer to on the blog as Big, Middle, and Little. Big is a fifth-year senior at Clemson University. Big changed his major after his sophomore year, hence the extra year. He'll graduate in May with a degree in wildlife and fisheries biology. It's a major that requires both waders and minuscule tweezers, sunscreen and bug spray. He loves it and is hoping to work in land management. Middle is a freshman at Clemson, and he's now bigger than Big. Middle has no idea what he wants to do, but I'm confident that once he decides, he'll succeed. He is an exceptionally disciplined young man. Little? Thankfully, she's still at home, but she'll be 16 this month. She'll be great at it, too. Her sighing, mumbling, and eye rolling skills are already honed to perfection.
This weekend, the boys came home for a visit. They spent a lot of that time sleeping, of course, and hanging out with friends, but I always try to make sure that we have at least a couple of meals together around the table. This weekend, we had several, which was lots of fun. And one of the most popular items was mixed berry cobbler served warm with whipped cream.
The recipe I use is my grandmother's. Nannie. I have it in her handwriting. She called it Cobbler for a Lazy Day. Whenever I see that title I have to laugh. Any day that involves baking is not a "lazy day," 'round here. Still it's not a complicated recipe at all.
It's a five-ingredient recipe, and it takes about an hour from start to finish.
It smells so wonderful while it's baking. And, it tastes homey and delicious all at the same time.
Nannie's Cobbler for a Lazy Day
2 generous cups of washed, drained, and hulled berries
(You can also use chopped peaches, fresh, frozen, or even canned)
1 stick butter
1 cup self-rising flour
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Place the butter in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish and place in cold oven. Turn oven to 375 degrees. While butter melts, whisk together flour, sugar and milk. Remove baking dish from oven and gently add fruit or berries to melted butter. Then pour batter over top. (As you can see from the picture above, the batter will not completely cover the fruit, which is what gives the dish its cobbled appearance.) Return to oven to bake for about 45 minutes or until top is golden brown. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.
Top with fresh whipped cream or serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Icy rain is forecast for tomorrow, but almost all the snow and ice are melted here. I managed a long walk today. Daffodil buds and berry cobbler have to mean Spring is on her way, don't you think?