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Middle South

July, 2003
Regional Report


Fresh Fruit Cobbler
I've been making this easy cobbler since I was a little girl. The recipe works with any fresh fruit.

4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
1 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 cups fresh fruit (peaches, blackberries, or blueberries)
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butter in an ovenproof 2-quart casserole dish, and put it in the oven to melt. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, sugar, milk, and extract. Remove pan from the oven, pour the batter into the melted butter, and then dump the fruit into the batter. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon sugar on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until nicely browned. Serve with ice cream.

Serves 4.

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