Thursday, June 28, 2012

Blackberry Skillet Cake

Berries are everywhere right now.  Whether on sale at the grocery store, or (even better) at the farmer's market, they are at their peak and ready for you to use in a delicious dessert like this one.  (You might hang on to this recipe for a day or two.  I'll be posting a tasty ice cream recipe that you could top the cake with very soon.)

Blackberry Skillet Cake
Makes 8 servings.
From Everyday Food magazine.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature
1/3 cup dark-brown sugar
3 cups blackberries
Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat 6 tablespoons butter and sugar on high until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and zest until combined. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 additions, alternating with milk, and beat until combined.
In a 10-inch skillet, melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter over medium. Add brown sugar and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Remove from heat and arrange blackberries evenly in skillet.

Pour batter over berries and smooth top. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cake cool in skillet on a wire rack 5 minutes. Run a knife around edge and carefully invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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