Tuesday’s Taste Tempters 1.3.12

Tuesday’s Taste Tempters 1.3.12

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:04 pm

Today’s recipe comes from the cookbook “Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe” (ISBN: 978-1-57965-434-4; hardcover; $24.95) by Alisa Huntsman. It is available online at www.artisanbooks.com.
Blueberry Skillet Cobbler
1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup, plus 3 tablespoons, sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy cream
5 cups blueberries
3/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
2/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (2 to 3 oranges)
vanilla or buttermilk ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, mix 1 cup of the flour with 3 tablespoons of the sugar and the baking powder. Add the butter and, using your fingertips, rub the butter cubes into the flour until it resembles coarse meal. Add the egg and cream and mix to combine the ingredients evenly and form a soft dough.
In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, combine the blueberries, remaining 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour, the orange zest and the mace. Stir to coat the blueberries. Pour in the orange juice and set over medium-low heat. Bring the fruit to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes to thicken the mixture an cook the flour. Remove the skillet from the heat. Drip round tablespoons of the biscuit dough onto the fruit, leaving a little space in between. There should be 12 to 16 biscuits.
Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 16 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly browned on top. Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Published in The Messenger 1.3.12

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