Fresh blackberries are in season and that is a good thing! Berries and cobblers are what I would call a match made in heaven; this heaven is nirvana when both are cooked in a cast iron Dutch oven. Cast-iron and certainly Dutch ovens are some of the best baking implements you can find. Cast-iron Dutch ovens distribute the heat so perfectly that your dessert turns out perfect virtually every time (unless you of course decide to burn it).
With fresh blackberries in hand and an easy cobbler recipe, I decided that it was a great time to try baking in my Char-Broil Big Easy SRG. The Big Easy SRG (smoker roaster griller) makes for great outdoor oven with its cooking technology. The temperatures is easy to control and very stable, this in turn gives you oven like qualities that added with a Dutch ovens even heat distribution almost guarantees you the perfect bake.
My Dutch oven is a 10 inch indoor Dutch oven, no legs and no rim on the top that you would normally find on an outdoor version. The advantage to using this Dutch oven in the Char-Broil Big Easy SRG is that it allows the Dutch oven to sit safely on the racks that come with the Char-Broil Big Easy SRG. The base Char-Broil Big Easy SRG is deep enough that you could cook with multiple Dutch ovens inside (Stacked). Infrared cooking system allows for the heat to go up the walls of the Char-Broil Big Easy SRG heating all surfaces evenly at the same time very similar to your indoor oven.
Here is the recipe:
For the cake mix:
1 stick butter
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
For the berries:
4 cups fresh or frozen blackberries or 2 bags frozen (thawed)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
First things first, preheat your Char-Broil Big Easy SRG on high with your Dutch oven set on the top of the basket. You could very easily place your Dutch oven on the bottom of the Char-Broil Big Easy SRG; I didn’t because I was concerned about there being too much bottom heat.
While your Dutch oven is heating up you need to start preparing your blackberries. Rinse your fresh blackberries and drain, place them in a bowl with your sugar, lemon zest, water and cinnamon; mix well and set aside.
Now you can mix your cobbler batter. In separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; stir to mix. Add milk and beat until batter is smooth.
Take one stick of butter in place in hot Dutch oven, stir till melted. Add your Blackberry mixture to the melted butter and pour your cobbler batter over the top. Replace lid on Dutch oven, close the lid to the Char-Broil Big Easy SRG and turn the control knob down to low. Bake for approximately 45 minutes.
A different variation of this would be to take your batter and pour that in first place your blackberries on top. The advantage to this, would I think, be that the blackberries will retain their shape and form better if you are concerned about aesthetics and not eating. I have no preference so therefore I dumped blackberries first and then poured the batter on top of that.
My Char-Broil Big Easy SRG worked perfectly! Nothing better than fresh Blackberry cobbler cooked in a Dutch oven and of course a little vanilla cream!
I hope you enjoy this!