Monday, July 30, 2012

sunday sonker

if you've got three bowls, a whisk, 20 minutes and some fresh fruit on your hands, you can make a sonker (sonker n. a type of berry pie or cobbler. Editorial Note: This appears to be specific to the area near Mount Airy, N.C)

i had some fresh nc peaches and a pint of strawberries in the frig so that's what i used, but you can use any fruit you like (there's even a sweet potato version!).

the process is easy.....melt a stick and a half of butter in your oblong pan (mine was an enameled cast iron 8 x 12). then in a large bowl, put 3 cups flour, 1 T baking powder, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 t salt. whisk these together. in a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups milk, 1 t vanilla and 3 eggs. whisk well then add to dry ingredients, stirring until no lumps remain. pour this batter into your pan with the melted butter (the butter will rise to the top) and then sprinkle on your fruit. it will look something like this:
put the pan in your preheated 375 degree oven and let it bake for about an hour. check to make sure the middle section has cooked all the way through. take it out and it will look something like this:
doll it up with instagram and it can look like this:
this recipe should serve 12-15 generously.
(serve with either whipped cream or ice cream. or both)

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