Using Up Summer Fruit (if you’re not afraid of butter)


We got invited to a cookout recently, and while we weren’t told to bring anything except ourselves, of course we did.

I decided to make a cobbler, which I hadn’t before. Moreover, I decided to double the recipe and use strawberries along with yellow and white peaches, because I am crazy like that.

Don’t you always have a bunch of leftover fruit that is ripening way faster than anyone can e

at it? This happens to me all the time, mainly after we go to Costco. I just hate throwing away fruit, so this would be a good way to use it up if it’s not quite fresh enough for fruit salad.

The cobbler recipe is pretty easy. Basically, you melt butter in the dish you’re going to use, then pour the batter over the top. Of course, I had to use TWO sticks of butter, the recipe being doubled.

Doubling also meant that it nearly bubbled over the baking dish and the cooking time was more like 45 minutes, rather than 20-30. I know the top review only gives it one star, but don’t believe it! You just have to cook it until the sides begin to pull away, like it says, and then it will be done.

Everyone ate it up! I mean, not just the obligatory spoonful people take. They ate it. Sooo good.

Paula Deen, my buttery muse, would be proud.

Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Using Up Summer Fruit (if you’re not afraid of butter)

  1. Looks delicious! And I know what you mean about not wanting to let fruit go to waste. I did the same with some peaches recently. Just cut them up and made an oatmeal topping and baked it off. Divine!

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