Use your cast-iron skillet for more than cornbread and start making home-style desserts such as cobblers, upside down cakes, and tarts.
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan PieOnce you’ve made this decadent pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy makes the dish even more Southern.
Every weekend, especially during summer, the Fields family would make their version of cobbler, a cake-y mix of milk, sugar, and self-rising flour poured over fruit. Kelly says sometimes her mom would get "feisty" and add in amaretto. Here, Kelly plays to her own preferences with a bit of bourbon.
Blackberry-Almond CobblerUse the darkest, juiciest blackberries you can find to make this gluten-free cobbler. The cornstarch mixed into the fresh fruit acts as a thickener, preventing the filling from becoming too runny.
Cranberry Apple PieThis old-fashioned apple pie with its old-fashioned pie crust and sweet, tart fruit filling is a great choice for a Thanksgiving dessert. This pie recipe appears in the new Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook published by Oxmoor House.
Rustic Spiced Peach Tart with Almond PastryWhen peaches are ripe and juicy, this divine tart from Christy Rost, cookbook author and public television host, goes together quickly and looks fabulous in a cast iron skillet.
Blueberry Dutch Baby with Lemon Curd
This showstopping breakfast "pancake" will amply reward you for making the trip to Laurette Feit's cafe. Or make it at home. Either way, you'll be amazed at the treat's puff.
Blueberry-Peach Skillet PieCookbook author and baking expert Julie Hasson loves using her cast iron skillet to bake pie—there's something satisfyingly old-fashioned about it. This pie has no bottom crust, which makes it quick to prepare, perfect for a last-minute dessert.
Simple Berry Skillet CobblerThis juicy berry cobbler recipe features fresh or frozen raspberries, but you can make the cobbler with any berries you have on hand, or with peaches.
Cherry ClafoutiThe batter for this traditional French dessert is somewhere between that of a cake and a custard; it most resembles a thick crepe, and it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare it in the blender.
Giant Cookie-In-A-PanIrresistible to both children and grownups alike, this super-size cookie is filled with chocolate chips and M&Ms and served in wedges. Baking it in a cast-iron skillet is great way to keep the cookie perfectly round.
Mini Berry CobblersUse a mixture of blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries in these charming individual desserts.
Caramel Apple Blondie PieButtery rich layers of tender cake and caramelized apples add up to one sweet combo. The secret to the crisp, flaky crust? Baking in a cast-iron skillet on a lower oven rack.
Fudgy Skillet CookieIt doesn't get much better than a giant cookie! While still hot, top with cold scoops of ice cream and invite everyone at the table to dig in.
Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down CakeThis old-fashioned upside down cake recipe features pineapple slices that are browned in butter in the bottom of the skillet and then topped with a rich cake batter. This recipe also offers an “express” version that uses cake mix.
Easy Skillet Apple PieMaking an apple pie has never been so easy. Simply toss apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and spoon over a refrigerated pie crust in the cast-iron skillet. Top with the other crust and bake.
Bananas Foster Upside-Down CakeTurn the classic Bananas Foster dessert into an upside down cake by placing a layer of bananas, brown sugar, pecans and rum in the bottom of the skillet and topping with a rich cake batter. After baking, you invert the cake so that you have a sweet and buttery banana topping for the cake.
Cast-Iron Apple CobblerThis traditional cobbler recipe serves 12 and uses a cast-iron Dutch oven, but you can half the recipe and cook in a 12-inch skillet if you prefer.
Pineapple-Coconut-Banana Upside-Down CakeUpside-down cakes are classically made in a cast-iron skillet because it gives the cake a crisp edge, cooks it evenly, and keeps it moist. Instead of a pineapple-only cake, this version features coconut and banana and give the cake a more tropical flavor.
Chocolate Chip Dutch BabyA Dutch baby is a puffy, baked pancake. This dessert version is sprinkled with chocolate chips and served with a banana mixture flavored with coffee liqueur.
Upside-Down Apple TartMake a simple, rustic apple tart with Granny Smith apples plus a few other ingredients you probably already have on hand: flour, butter, and salt.
Raspberry-Rhubarb TartThis 5-ingredient skillet tart has a homemade pastry crust that you make in the food processor and a sweet, tangy filling of fresh raspberries and rhubarb.
Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot CakeUpgrade a classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by topping the pineapple layer with a carrot cake batter instead of the traditional yellow cake batter.
Bananas Foster Upside-down Coffee CakeThis decadent coffee cake recipe is inspired by the classic New Orleans dessert and features sautéed bananas, pecans, and a splash of rum. It also has the added convenience of a baking mix (such as Bisquick) that’s enhanced with cinnamon, sugar, eggs, and sour cream.
Tarte TatinIn this classic French apple tart, the delicious syrup becomes the topping when the tarte tatin is inverted.
Upside-Down Caramelized Apple CakeThe brown sugar, apple, and pecan mixture that’s cooked in the skillet and then topped with a spiced cake batter become a gooey, rich topping for the cake when it’s inverted.
- Oxmoor House
More Cast-Iron Skillet RecipesFor more classic desserts, breads, and main dishes cooked in versatile cast iron pans, see the Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook, Oxmoor House, 2012.
You’ll find treasured family recipes as well as invocative new dishes that are all guaranteed to satisfy.