Mama’s Strawberry Cobbler


Yesterday Mama called me and asked if I had put her Strawberry Cobbler recipe on Southern Plate yet. My immediate response was “No, but I reckon that means you need to take pictures and write up a post for me!”. She had this in my inbox before she went to bed last night.

Anyone who has read my book or knows anything at all about me, knows all about my Mama. She is who I have always wanted to be when I grow up.  I know you will enjoy getting to spend some time with her today.

Gratefully, Christy

Hi Everybody!  It’s Mama!  I do not have any grandkids at my house today and was getting really bored.  So I decided to cook something.  That’s what I have always done when I got bored.  I have been known to sit down and just look at cookbooks to find something that sounds good enough to cook.  Next to quilting magazines, cookbooks are my favorite thing to read.  (Bet you can guess which one is my favorite!)

Well, so much for my favorite hobbies, now on to the cooking.

I remembered that I have some strawberries already cut up with sugar in the refrigerator. Did  your grandmother called it a Frigadaire like mine? It was the brand name of her refrigerator.  I don’t know if she called it that because it was the brand or if she wanted everyone to know that she had an electric “icebox”.  Back then having an electric icebox was a real status symbol.  When she died, she still had that original Frigadaire. My aunt moved into her house and used the same one for as long as I can remember.  Don’t you wish they still made them that well? So much for straying from the topic.  Let me get back to it and tell you why I decided to make this cobbler.

These strawberries were sitting in the refrigerator and since they cost so much I hated to let them waste.   So, I decided to make a strawberry cobbler.  You may not have heard of a strawberry cobbler but let me assure you, it is delicious.  I first tasted one at a cafeteria when the kids were young and fell in love with it.

I love strawberries anyway you fix them.  So this was a recipe that I set out to duplicate the minute I got my hands on some strawberries.  You can make this recipe with fresh strawberries washed and cut up with a little sugar on them or you can use frozen sliced sweetened strawberries.  (Try to say that really fast!)  If you use fresh ones, let them sit for a little bit after you add the sugar to make some juice.  If you use frozen ones, let them thaw.  If you are in a real hurry you can stick frozen ones in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until they are thawed.   As you can see, I have been known to crave a strawberry cobbler and run out to the grocery store, buy frozen strawberries  and then hurry them along in the microwave.

This is a really forgiving recipe.  If you have a little extra fruit, add it.  If you are a little bit short, use what you have and don’t give it a second thought.  It will turn out just fine.  Remember your grandmothers never had a measuring cup.  They just “eyeballed” all the ingredients.  This a recipe from the old days and turns out just fine.  Don’t stress over it, just be glad you have a modern stove and not a wood burning one.  I couldn’t promise good results with that kind of oven.

This strawberry cobbler is delicious by itself, with ice cream, or with whipped topping.  My daddy adds a little bit of sweet milk*over his.  Just serve it however suits your fancy. You will be the star!  Let me know how your family likes it.  See you soon and remember Mama Loves You!

Christy’s note: “Sweet Milk” is our common way of referring to whole milk. Back in the old days you had sweet milk and buttermilk. If you want to know why they called whole milk “sweet” just drink a big old glass of buttermilk and the mystery will be solved. ~winks~

To make this cobbler you’ll need: Self Rising flour*, Sugar, Milk, Sweetened Strawberries, Margarine or butter, and Cinnamon.

*Visit my FAQ page for information on how to make your own SR Flour.

Preheat oven to 400. Place your margarine in an oven proof bowl and put in the oven while it preheats in order to melt it.

In a separate bowl, mix together all dry ingredients.

Add milk to dry ingredients and stir until smooth.

Like this.

Now you have your batter.

Now remove your dish from the oven once your margarine or butter has melted

(Christy’s note: Please note my Mama used margarine, too. I come by my cheapness honest! ~giggle~)

Pour in your batter. Do not stir.

Pour your strawberries over the top of that.

Do not stir.

Sprinkle about a tablespoon or so of sugar over the batter before you place it in the oven.

Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve on it’s own, with whipped cream, ice cream, or pour a little sweet milk over it!

Thank you, Mama!

She’ll be reading your comments throughout the day if you’d like to say a little “Hidy” to her!

Mama’s Strawberry Cobbler
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  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ t. cinnamon, optional
  • 2 cups sweetened strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 stick margarine
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt stick of margarine or butter in a 2 to 2.5 quart oven proof casserole dish while you mix up the batter.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Stir in milk until smooth. Pour over melted margarine.
  3. Pour batter over margarine. Do not stir!
  4. Pour strawberries into center of batter. Do not stir!
  5. Note: This is a little something that I do extra. You can do it or not. I always sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar over the batter and strawberries before I put it in the over. It just makes it look like my grandmothers cobbler because that was her finishing touch.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until you can insert a knife into the center and peep into the cobbler. The batter should be cakey and not soupy. How is that for technical terms?

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all

of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose

garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming

outside our windows today.

~Dale Carnegie


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  1. Sara says

    Great recipe…a true Southern classic. This is the way my dear husband’s granny taught me to make her cobbler, although she either did pear or peaches. Strawberries are on sale everywhere so I think I’ll be making this for dessert soon. We like it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  2. Kim says

    Thank your Mama for me. Yummy doesn’t even begin to describe it. And you also saved my strawberries. They were about to need throwing away because some had already begun to mold (I know that’s gross) but I didn’t realize it until I got them out to make this cobbler. I saved enough though. :) Hope you both have a wonderful day!!!

  3. Sharon says

    This is wonderful! I was planning to make Strawberry Pretzel Dessert for our Family Get-together today, but the pan slipped as I pulled the crust out of the oven. I had crushed pretzels everywhere … and not enough left to re-make it. So, I was stuck on what to do with all the strawberries I’d bought.

    Now I’m making Strawberry Cobbler! Thanks for saving my day! 😀

  4. Leigh S. says

    Hey christy and christys mom! This looks great but my husband loves peach cobbler. Could I still make this same recipe but with maybe canned or frozen peaches? Thanks for sharing!

  5. John L. Clark says

    Hi Christy and “hidy” to your Mom. I am so grateful your Mom asked you to share her recipe. It is so super delicious. By the way, I was looking on your site and found a recipe for a wonderful peach cobbler. Thanks Christy. Oh, and Lake Guntersville is not all that far from where I live. Super great fishing there.

  6. MARSHA G says

    Well Momma I see Christy inherited your sense of humor. Thank you for the yummy recipe and great post. I too say sweet milk as that was just what it was when I was young. I love to drink buttermilk with a little salt stirred in. I take an elderly gentleman his supper each evening and he loves the days when I have extra leftover cornbread as he loves to warm sweet milk, crumble his cornbread into the milk and eat it with a spoon.

  7. Emmaline says

    Hi, there,
    I wanted to say how much I enjoyed this quick, delicious cozy dessert! Very nice, and it couldn’t be easier. Thank you so much, for creating and sharing the recipe.

    Also wanted to offer a tip that worked well for me – I used a couple tablespoons of brown sugar on the strawberries, and I added one tablespoon of lemon juice to them. It added a nice note of freshness to the strawberry flavor!

    Thanks again for the recipe!

  8. Scott says

    MISS CHRISTY; Your recipe for Strawberry cobbler caught my eye and sounds “KILLER”, and has me wondering, My Granny made “KILLER to DIE FOR” cobblers out of every fruit there is. Two things I need help with; her cobblers were 3 layers, and the middle crust was as flaky as the top crust and the filling was not at all runny. Can you help? ThankYou!!!

  9. Amy says

    This is the best Cobbler I’ve ever had. It’s so easy to make! I’m NOT a whiz in the kitchen, but this recipe is so easy and simple to follow. It turns out amazing everytime I make it. Thank you so much for posting. :)

  10. Jan says

    Love love this. My mom calls this “Lazy man cobbler”. She would make it with fresh blackberries my dad would pick. She now makes it with can peaches and frozen blueberries also. Yummy in my tummy. Great job “Christy’s” mom on both this recipie and your daughter.


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