Fresh Strawberry Cobbler is a perfect summertime dessert that can be put together in minutes and features fresh strawberries. To make the most of peak strawberry season, be sure to try my Strawberry Crisp!
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler
Cobblers are an easy, delicious, and fruit-centered dessert. After putting together my Blueberry Cobbler, I was wondering why I haven’t made more of these desserts. You can whip up a freshly baked, homemade dessert with fresh strawberries as the star of the show! And, after you and your guests taste the dessert, they will think it was a lot harder than it was to make!
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler Ingredients
I prefer to make this strawberry cobbler in a cast-iron skillet. But, you could get away with making it in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish as well. I will get into the pan choice a little later.
Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are best for this dessert. I will let you know how to prepare the strawberries, and why fresh is best, below.
Sugar: This dessert is sweet. In fact, after making it the first time, it was clear that I needed to lessen the amount of sugar used. You could even reduce the amount a little more, and it would still be a deliciously sweet dessert. You can also substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar.
Turbinado Sugar: Turbinado Sugar is a sugar that would fall between granulated sugar and light brown sugar in both color and flavor. It has a yellowish-brown color and with some molasses content left in the turbinado sugar (which gives it the color), it will provide a slight butterscotch flavor and has larger and coarser grains. If you can’t find turbinado sugar, you can use granulated sugar for the topping.
How to Prepare Strawberries
To prepare the strawberries, be sure to wash them thoroughly and gently pat them dry. After you have washed the strawberries, remove the leafy green parts of the berries. This is called ‘hulling’ the strawberries. Instead of simply cutting off the tops straight across, insert a sharp knife at an angle and rotate the strawberry in a circle until the stem pulls out.
Once washed and hulled, I prefer to halve the strawberries or leave them whole. Dicing strawberries or using frozen strawberries will cause the dessert to be too liquidy and jammy. If you’re using fresh strawberries, you want to show them off and enjoy the juicy flavor!
How to Make Strawberry Cobbler?
You will prepare this super easy fresh strawberry cobbler in three steps:
Step 1: Mix up the batter. Add all of your dry ingredients together with milk and then slowly whisk in the melted butter. Add this mixture to the skillet.
Step 2: Mix your strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice together. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the batter. Don’t worry, the batter will pull the sugared berries in during the baking process. It is important to spread them around as much as you can to make sure that you have an equal distribution of batter and strawberries.
Pop this mixture into the oven for 45 minutes. You may want to place an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet on the bottom of the oven to catch any drips.
Step 3: After 45 minutes, top the cobbler with the turbinado sugar (or granulated sugar) and then put it back in the oven for 10-15 more minutes. This gives the topping a sugar crust and just the perfect amount of sugary crunch. Serve the dessert topped with ice cream or homemade whipped topping.
Why Bake Strawberry Cobbler in a Cast-Iron Skillet?
There really is a difference between making this strawberry cobbler in a cast-iron skillet versus a 9×13-inch baking dish. A cast-iron skillet heats more evenly than a baking dish and also gives this dessert a nice, crispy crust. But, you can definitely make this in a baking dish if that is what you have on hand.
Don’t Want Mushy Cobbler?
Again, I can’t stress enough to use fresh, whole strawberries or strawberries cut in half. If you use frozen strawberries or diced strawberries, too much liquid will release, causing a gummy dessert.
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- ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, and halved
- ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1½ tablespoons turbinado sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray. (You could also use a 9×13-inch baking dish.)
In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Slowly whisk in the melted butter. Pour the batter into the skillet.
In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Add the strawberry mixture evenly over the top of the batter.
Bake for 45 minutes. (Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place it on the bottom of the oven to catch any drips.)
After 45 minutes, sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the top and return to oven; bake an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serve topped with ice cream or whipped topping.