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I love a good cobbler during the summer months when the fruit is fresh; what I don’t love is the messy clean up. It can take forever to clean off baked-on fruit and crust which generally involves a good time pre-soaking the pan. If you make it in a cast iron skillet, like I do, you might have double the clean up time. Today I’m sharing my recipe for a Blackberry Strawberry Cobbler, and how I easily get my cast iron skillet clean.
We normally have strawberries and blackberries on the farm. I spiced up this recipe by adding a few sprigs of finely diced fresh mint. This recipe isn’t overly sweet either, so it’s equally delicious served as a breakfast dish with whipped cream or sweetened up with ice cream as a dessert. The cobbler batter has the consistency of cake or pancake batter instead of a thick biscuit-like dough.
The recipe is easy and delicious, but be careful to not spill any on your shirt; it will be much more difficult to get a blackberry stain off your shirt than it will be for you to get it cleaned from the skillet. The new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth helps make clean up easier. I don’t have to worry about it scratching my pans.
Did you see the residue on my knife from slicing blackberries?
I love the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths. They’re available in two packs from Walmart for just under $4.98, and in trendy colors such as tan, coral, and navy. They help make kitchen cleaning easier, especially tough pans like cast iron skillets. It’s made of premium fiber that is easy to wash and reuse. There is a coupon for $1 off that can be redeemed at the register. It scrubs, but doesn’t scratch surfaces. It can also wipe and dry like a dish cloth.
Cleaning a cast iron skillet:
I would normally use salt or baking soda to scrub my cast iron skillets, so they don’t become damaged or remove the protective coating. Cleaning a cast iron skillet with baked-on food is easy with the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth.
- Soak the pan in warm water to help soften baked on food for a few mins, but not more than 20
- If you soak a cast iron pan too long, you can cause it to rust
- Lightly scrub surface with the Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth until traces of food are removed
- Rinse thoroughly
- Lightly rub in a few drops of vegetable oil or shortening, and buff off excess
But, this Blackberry Strawberry Cobbler is definitely worth any mess.
- 3 cups total of fresh diced berries (I use a ratio of 1½ cups blackberries to 1½ cups strawberries)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk or cream
- ½ stick melted butter
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional 3-5 mint leaves finely diced
- Preheat oven to 375
- Combine all the ingredients except the berries in a large bowl, and mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine diced blackberries, strawberries, and optional mint
- Pour batter into the bottom of a lightly greased cast iron skillet
- Sprinkle berry mixture across the top
- Bake until golden brown 45-50 mins
- Serve with whipped cream or ice cream
Want more creative recipe inspiration or cleaning tips? You can get more ideas here and let me know if you get a chance to try out my Blackberry Strawberry Cobbler recipe.