Black Iron Black Raspberry Cobbler

Wild Black Raspberry Cobbler in a cast iron skillet

Black Iron Black Raspberry Cobbler: a decadent celebration of early summer, baked in a cast iron skillet.

Nature provides us with many wonderful and important things.  Among the most important are oxygen and wild black raspberries.  Truly, I can’t think of many things better, and nothing that makes a better celebration of early summer than Wild Black Raspberries.    Yes, that’s in title caps intentionally.

Picking them is a metaphor for life.  Good things don’t come easy, and some of the best come with a good deal of itching: our raspberries grow in the same niches favored by poison ivy, stinging nettle, wild blackberry, wild roses, and mosquitoes, and the tiny berries take a long time to pick.  But the reward is wonderful.  This cobbler takes a bunch of berries, so I tend to reserve it only for special people, like myself and my wife.  I bake it in a 9″ cast iron skillet, because I like it that way!

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Wild Black Raspberry Cobbler
A perfect celebration of the perfect wild fruit of early summer. Baked in a 9" cast iron skillet, because it looks and tastes better that way.
Wild Black Raspberry Cobbler in a cast iron skillet
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Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Course Desserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Wild Black Raspberry Cobbler in a cast iron skillet
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Instructions
Make the Filling
  1. Preaheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and hot water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, while stirring. Continue to stir and cook until it starts to thicken, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the berries and gently stir in. Be careful not to smoosh the berries, and cook only until the berries are hot - do not boil!
  4. Pour the berry goo into a 9" cast iron skillet, or some other deep baking vessel if you aren't properly equipped. Spread 1 tbsp of chopped butter over the surface of the berry goo.
Make the Topping
  1. The topping is just a simple shortbread. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and cut in (I usually just use my fingers, because I don't want to wash stuff. But a quick few pulses in the food processor would be best) until it resembles corn meal with a few pea-sized chunks of butter.
  2. Stir in the buttermilk just until combined. Don't over-mix, just moisten the dry ingredients.
Assemble & Bake
  1. Drop the dough by the spoonful on top of the berries. It should cover fairly well, but do leave a few gaps here and there. Optionally, brush the top of the shortbread with milk, and sprinkle with sugar for extra sparkle.
  2. Bake 35-40 minutes, until the shortbread is lightly browned.
  3. Resist the temptation to dig right in until it has cooled for at least 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Some people like to serve cobblers like this with vanilla ice cream.  That's a nice touch sometimes.  I usually prefer to serve it with more cobbler...

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