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Blueberry Skillet Cake: A Rustic Dessert

Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

Rustic Blueberry Skillet Cake

Rustic Blueberry Skillet Cake

Thanks to the right mix of sunny days and gentle rainfall, we had a bumper crop of blueberries in North Georgia this year. That meant lots of plump sweet berries to munch on at the bushes, toss atop a bowl of cereal, whip up in a smoothie, and add to pancake batter.

Blueberries are easy to grow, easy to freeze, and good for easy jam recipes. This is all good news since blueberries are one of the top 10 superfoods and can be pricey at the grocery store.

The freezer is now stocked and a few jars of blueberry jam are put away. And we enjoyed a few tasty blueberry desserts along the way.

It’s always good to try something new. This year it was a blueberry skillet cake, a rustic dessert baked in a cast-iron skillet. It was delicious and really easy to make. Just blend all ingredients except the berries in a blender and pour the batter into a buttered cast iron skillet.

I love the taste of blueberry together with lemon so I added a lemon glaze after baking, but this is optional. The blueberry skillet pie was delicious. Thanks to a bumper crop and a freezer full of blueberries, one will grace my holiday tables this year.

Blend all the ingredients except blueberries in a blender.

Blend all the ingredients except blueberries in a blender.

Toss the blueberries on top and bake.

Toss the blueberries on top and bake.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine and blend all ingredients except for the blueberries.
  3. Pour the batter into a buttered cast iron skillet.
  4. Top with the blueberries.
  5. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Cool and drizzle with lemon glaze, if desired.

Optional Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon juice and confectioners sugar. Adjust for desired consistency.
  2. Drizzle the glaze on top of the cooled skillet cake.
Fresh blueberries

Fresh blueberries

How to Preserve Blueberries for Winter

There are some simple ways to “put up” blueberries for winter. Canning is a bit costly and very time-consuming. Canning requires glass jars with lids and rings. The jars have to be sterilized and the canned fruit needs to be brought to a certain temperature for the jars to seal.

Freezing blueberries is much less time-consuming. Simply wash the berries and lay them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet with shallow sides or a cake pan. Place the cookie sheet full of berries in the freezer for a few hours. Avoid leaving them in the freezer too long to prevent freezer burn. Roll the frozen berries into a Ziploc bag, remove air, and seal.

Take out a few berries later on or use the whole bag in a recipe. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be the time to try all the blueberry and crisp recipes. The payoff? Save time and money shopping for holiday food. Not to mention they will be delicious!

Another way to preserve blueberries without spending a lot of time is by drying them. Spread the berries on trays and cover with cheesecloth. Place the trays in a sunny location for drying. A food dehydrator can also be used to dry blueberries. Use the dried berries in granola recipes. Or just eat them! The same antioxidant is still there, and still free.

Comments

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 09, 2020:

You're welcome! Thanks for commenting!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 09, 2020:

Yes, I do too. And they're so good for you, too!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 09, 2020:

Thanks for that, Pam!

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 08, 2020:

I love blueberries a lot. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2020:

It would be lovely to have blueberry bushes and be able to pick them fresh. We love eating blueberries, and your recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 07, 2020:

This dish looks so delicious. I love blueberries and freeze some every winter. Thank you for this recipe.

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 07, 2020:

You're welcome. Enjoy!

Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 07, 2020:

It's SO easy, too.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on September 07, 2020:

Your blueberry skillet recipe looks delicious. Now I have to try the blueberry dessert! Rebecca, thanks for sharing the recipe!

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 07, 2020:

I love blueberries and this looks marvelous, especially with the addition of a glaze. It’s a must try for me!