This dessert may become a staple in your repertoire. You don’t need to tell anyone how easy it is to make.
1/2 cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
3 cups mixed whole or sliced fruit (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, nectarines)
Preheat oven to 375. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish (casserole dish) or in a 10 inch or 12 inch oven-proof skillet. Put the pan in the oven to melt the butter while the oven is preheating.
Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the milk and stir until combined. A few small lumps are ok. The batter will be runny like a cake batter.
When the butter is melted, take the baking dish out of the oven and pour the batter over the melted butter; do not mix. Scatter the fruit over the batter, favouring the middle of the dish more than the edges; do not mix it in. Bake until the top is a rich golden-brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Adapted from a recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine, Aug./Sept. 2013.