Fresh Strawberry Cobbler

filed under: Dessert · Food + Drink on April 15, 2021

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

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.

Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

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!

Skillet with Strawberry Cobbler

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.

Dish of Real Strawberry Cobbler

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.

Plates of Strawberry Cobbler

Looking for More Strawberry Recipes?

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5 from 4 votes
Fresh Strawberry Cobbler
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Fresh Strawberry Cobbler is a perfect summertime dessert that can be put together in minutes and features fresh strawberries.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Strawberry Cobbler
Servings: 8
Calories: 372 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
Ingredients
Batter
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
Strawberry Mixture
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, washed, dried, hulled, and halved
  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
Sugar Topping
  • tablespoons turbinado sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray. (You could also use a 9x13-inch baking dish.)

Batter
  1. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk. Slowly whisk in the melted butter. Pour the batter into the skillet.

Strawberry Mixture
  1. In a medium bowl, toss the strawberries with sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Add the strawberry mixture evenly over the top of the batter.

  2. Bake for 45 minutes. (Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place it on the bottom of the oven to catch any drips.)

Sugar topping
  1. After 45 minutes, sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the top and return to oven; bake an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

  2. Serve topped with ice cream or whipped topping.

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  • Aya says:

    Can i substitute all purpose flour with whole wheat flour

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Aya! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tested the recipe using whole wheat flour so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. Please let us know if you try it and how the cobbler turns out. Have a wonderful day!

  • Donna says:

    Made this recipe, cutting down to the serving for 4, and used a small skillet. Perhaps because the skillet may have been too small, I had to push the temp up to 375 for the last 15 minutes to get the batter to set and brown. But, boy! Is this delicious! Will definitely make it again!

  • Melissa says:

    Can I use a cake pan instead of skillet?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Melissa! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you could use a 9×13-inch baking dish. Have a great day!

  • Brooke says:

    What would cause this recipe to turn out grainy and broken? It still tasted good, but it didn’t look like a normal cobbler 🙁
    (The only time I’ve seen this texture before was once when I made yellow cupcakes and there was a pocket of creamed butter and sugar not fully incorporated. But I made sure this batter was fully incorporated 😩)

  • linda says:

    wow yummo..love this

  • Clare says:

    Can I substitute flour for almond flour?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Clare! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried substituting almond flour in this recipe, so I can’t speak for its effectiveness. Please let us know how the cobbler turns out if you try it, and have a wonderful day!

  • Lillian says:

    Can I use granulated sugar instead of turbinado sugar?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Lillian! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you can use granulated sugar for the topping if you don’t have turbinado sugar. Have a great day!

  • Jeremiah says:

    I made this last night. My wife has celiac disease, so I made it gluten free. Subbed the flour with King Arthur Gluten free flour and it turned out great. It did not make it through the night it was so good. Thought I would put this on here so if anybody else was looking for a Gluten free version of this. All you need to do is change out the all-purpose flour with the gluten free and your set.