Blackberry Cobbler in a Skillet

I have been to the grocery store exactly twice since COVID-19 really started to effect our way of life.

I started to think, there’s no real reason that I HAVE to go to the store.

One night I just dug through our freezer and decided whatever I found, that’s what we would have for dinner.

I found a frozen pack of tamales (bought from a tamale vendor a long while back) as well as a pound of roasted green chilis.  I also found lots of frozen berries.  I grabbed a bag of blackberries from last summer and decided to make one of our favorite cobblers.  (I guess I cobbled together the entire meal.)

My sister gave me Lodge Cast Iron Nation for Christmas and I have made many different versions of  the “Florida Blueberry Cobbler” found in it’s pages.  Really, any sort of fruit works for this recipe.  It’s quick, easy, and delicious!

Blackberry Cobbler

Based on “Florida Blueberry Cobbler” from Lodge Cast Iron Nation.

Make this with any berries or fruit.


  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1 1/4 c. sugar, divided
  • 1 c. self-rising flour (or 1 c. flour + 1 1/2 t. baking powder + 1/4 t. salt)
  • 1 c. whole milk (or 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 c. blackberries (or any fruit)


  1. Place the butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet and put in the oven while it preheats to 400 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk 1 c. of sugar with the flour and milk until smooth.
  3. Remove the skillet from the oven, and swirl the butter to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Pour the batter into the skill, arrange the berries over the top, and sprinkle on the remaining 1/4 c. sugar.
  4. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Yield: 6

With no ice cream in the house, I resorted to a nostalgic topping for cobbler, something my grandmother did.   She would top a warm cobbler with a splash of fresh cream.   (Although, we had no cream either, I did use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  I thought it worked well.  The Hubs would have rather had ice cream.)

The cobbler was a great ending to our “dig-in-the-freezer”  dinner of tamales and green chili sauce.

This is the latest in my Cookbook of the Week initiative.

I’m linking up with Foodies Read

and Weekend Cooking.  

16 comments to Blackberry Cobbler in a Skillet

  • So fruity and yummy! I just bought some fresh blueberries today and my husband already finished half of them. Might just use the rest of them to make a cobbler for the dessert. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Deb.

  • Mae

    We’ve been looking for flour a lot, and finally found the types we needed for bread, but also received a bag of self-rising flour. You can’t imagine how delighted I am to find this recipe that will help me use it up!

    be well… mae at

  • I love using my cast iron skillet for baking desserts.

  • Oooooohhhhh!!! I have frozen berries in the freezer. I must make this. It will remind me of being at the farmer’s market last summer.

    • I was just reading a self-care article (dealing with social distancing) and it stated to focus on at least one good thing a day. Memories of farmer’s markets is one great memory. Thanks, Beth.

  • I was afraid for a moment that you mixed the tamale with the blackberries lol. Looks delicious.

  • We’ve been doing a lot of pantry/freezer cooking too. Although we’ve been experimenting with some of the food delivery services — they can be a bit iffy, but overall pretty good. Anyway, nice recipe — SO comforting. Which we all need!

    • I went to Hello Fresh once a week (instead of skipping a week) and from two meals to three meals. BUT, I’m back to every other week after I figured out all of their up charges. Back to the pantry and freezer more which is a good thing! Stay safe!

  • I really don’t know why Hawaii should have everything, way out here in the ocean, so no shortage of flour. This sounds so delicious, and I haven’t made a cobbler in ages. I usually throw some fruit in the bottom of my cast iron skillet with melted butter and top with a Dutch Baby (clafouti) batter.

    • Maybe your fellow Hawaiians are not hoarders. I think that’s the problem. It’s in the stores that are limiting people to one item of a particular thing (like toilet paper) that there’s still stock left. Love the Dutch Baby idea.

  • A friend of mine request this blueberry cobbler for his birthday every year. It is SO GOOD!!! Unfortunately, he is just going to have to make his own this year. 🙂 Beautiful and delicious cobbler.