If you find yourself in need of a no fuss no frills dazzler of a 4th of July recipe, then look no further than this Cast Iron Skillet Berry Cobbler.
Incredibly easy and if you can get past the fact that the interior looks like a sweet, syrupy (messy) goop of a dessert you will find yourself pleasantly surprised with how some of the best desserts get overlooked because their looks are so deceiving.
Now, prepare yourself for a discussion over whether or not to call this thing a pie or a cobbler. My husband insisted it was a pie, and because I used a pie crust it should be a pie….but in my opinion, it’s not a pie if it has no crust on the bottom or sides.
So, I quickly googled “difference between a pie and a cobbler” and I’m here to report that the top results all indicated that I was the one correct in this scenario.
And, according to Food Network you can be a cobbler with a pastry dough on the top AND the bottom and still be considered a cobbler if you are speaking of a dish with a fruit interior.
Whether you want to call this thing a cobbler or a pie is completely up to you.
You just need to grab your trusty cast iron skillet, your favorite berries (I went with strawberries and blueberries), a box of refrigerated pie crust and a couple of ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Oh, and you’ll need some ice cream. What’s pie or cobbler without some ice cream?
- 4-5 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- 3 tablespoon water
- refrigerated pie crust (or make your own)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a 9-10 inch cast iron skillet, add the berries (If using fresh strawberries, be sure to wash, core and slice), brown sugar, orange juice and vanilla on medium heat.
- Mix to combine and simmer mixture for approx 8-10 minutes until the berries are hot and bubbly.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into berry mixture and continue to cook until thickened, about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
- Roll out your refrigerated pie crusts and using a star shaped cookie cutter cut out stars with one crust, and strips with the other.
- Create a flag design with the cut out pieces of pie crust. Bake for 20 minutes, or until stars begin to turn golden and the dough is cooked through.
- Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.
You can find just about everything I’ve used here on the Wayfair website.
Cast iron skillets? Check.
Plain white serving bowls? Check.
Gingham napkins? Check.
Happy Birthday, America!!!