Here's a pretty simple and basic recipe given to me by a friend, with her commentary in it.
1 cup self-rising flour
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups canned fruit (measure after draining; reserve 1/2 to 2/3 cup of liquid and mix it back in with the fruit, depending on how juicy you want it)
Use an 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking dish. Preheat oven to 350°. Put butter in pan and melt in oven while preheating. Don't let the butter burn, though! Once butter is melted, take pan out of oven and set it aside for the moment.
Now, mix the first four ingredients until smooth, almost like a cake batter but thinner. Pour this batter into the baking dish over the melted butter. Don't mix it! No stirring! This means you! ; )
Spoon the fruit on top of the batter in the dish. Don't mix it! No stirring! This means you! ; )
Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 350° until top is golden brown and edges start to crisp. Best served warm, with vanilla ice cream.
Fresh fruit can be substituted for canned, but make sure you cut the fruit up and sprinkle it with a little sugar to bring out the juices. Apple juice can be added if more moisture is needed.
Peach cobbler is my favorite, but apple is good, and blueberry and cherry and blackberry. And if you're feeling very inventive, you can mix 'em up. : )
We usually double the recipe and make it in a 9x13 pan.
Mmmm. Cobbler and homemade ice cream. Those are big flavour memories from my kidhood. : )