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MAGIC LEMON COBBLER

MAGIC LEMON COBBLER

Sunshine in a Dish: Magical Lemon Cobbler

This recipe captures the essence of summer with a burst of bright lemon flavor in a delightful and easy-to-make dessert – Magic Lemon Cobbler. It's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without hours of prep work.

Ingredients:

  • The Buttery Crust:

    • ½ cup unsalted butter – creates a tender and flavorful base
  • The Sweet Batter:

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour – the base for the cobbler cake
    • 1 cup granulated sugar – for sweetness
    • 1 cup milk – adds moisture to the batter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – a touch of warm vanilla complements the lemon beautifully
    • 2 tablespoons lemon zest – freshly grated lemon zest infuses the batter with intense lemon flavor (approximately 2 lemons)
  • The Tangy Filling:

    • 1 (22-ounce) package lemon pie filling – a convenient and flavorful shortcut
    • ½ cup lemon curd – adds a rich and creamy lemon flavor
  • Optional Toppings:

    • Powdered sugar – for a simple and elegant dusting
    • Ice cream – for an extra decadent and refreshing treat

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Get your oven ready for baking by preheating it to 350°F (175°C). This ensures the cobbler bakes evenly and develops a beautiful golden brown crust.

  2. Melting the Butter: In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the unsalted butter. This will be the base for the delicious cobbler crust.

  3. Coating the Pan: Pour the melted butter into a 9x9 inch baking dish. Tilt the dish to ensure the butter coats the bottom and sides evenly. This creates a flavorful base for the cobbler.

  4. Mixing the Batter: In a large bowl, using a whisk or electric mixer on medium speed, combine the flour, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until well combined and smooth. The batter should be pourable but not too thin.

  5. Pouring the Batter: Pour the prepared batter evenly over the melted butter in the baking dish. Gently spread the batter to ensure it reaches all corners.

  6. Adding the Tangy Filling: In a separate small bowl, stir together the lemon pie filling and lemon curd. This creates a delightful and tangy filling for the cobbler. Pour the lemon mixture over the batter in the baking dish. Avoid stirring the batter and lemon mixture together – you want distinct layers for a textural contrast.

  7. Baking to Perfection: Place the baking dish with the cobbler in the preheated oven and bake for 55-60 minutes. The cobbler is done when the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. A toothpick inserted near the center should come out clean.

  8. Cooling and Enjoying: Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. This allows the filling to set for a perfect texture.

  9. Sweeten the Deal (Optional): Dust the cooled cobbler with powdered sugar for a simple and elegant touch.

  10. Extra Indulgence (Optional): For an extra decadent and refreshing treat, serve the cobbler warm with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. The cold ice cream complements the warm cobbler beautifully.

Tips:

  • Fresh vs. Bottled Lemon Juice: If you prefer a more intense lemon flavor, you can substitute 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice for the lemon zest.
  • Gluten-Free Option: For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free flour blend that works well for baking.
  • Leftovers: Leftover cobbler can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

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