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Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

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Blueberry Cornmeal Skillet Cake

A couple of months ago, we were watching the kids play on the hay bales stacked in our barn when Jeff noticed a little creature inching across the cold concrete ground. Admiring the fuzzy brown and black caterpillar, Jeff reminded us of his favorite childhood legend.

As the story is told, Woolly Bear Caterpillars can indicate the forecast of the upcoming winter based on their coloring. The more brown the caterpillar is, the more mild the winter is going to be. Conversely, the more black, the harsher the winter. The little guy Jeff was holding in his palm was mostly covered in a rusty brown fuzz. Sure enough, here in the Midwest, we’ve had quite the mild winter. At least up until the last two weeks…

While I’m thankful my parka has stayed in the coat closet for much of the year, I’m more eager than ever for Spring to arrive. While I can’t change the weather, I can certainly feed my family dishes inspired by Spring.

In this skillet cake, the floralness of the blueberries contrasted against the tartness of the lemon is a match made in heaven. This recipe, which uses cornmeal, has the crispiest texture. Cornmeal also serves as a source of essential nutrients as it is filled with iron and fiber.

Cast-iron pan ware holds and distributes heat well. In baked recipes like this one, the iron helps to provide a nice crispy coating. Another reason I enjoy cast iron– it’s easy to clean. Soak it after use in warm water and scrub with a firm brush. No soap is required.

If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, use the heaviest skillet you have, making sure the handle can tolerate heat. If you cook often, I recommend investing in a cast-iron skillet. Check your local estate sales or parent’s basement. Even if you buy new, you’ll make the investment up over time.

Note: Recipe adapted slightly from Grow Forage Cook Ferment

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