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Skillet Strawberry Cobbler

Deborah VanTrece | June 15, 2021

The color red is often incorporated with Juneteenth celebrations through foods, like watermelon, red velvet cake, red beans and rice, and strawberry soda, which is what inspired Deborah VanTrece’s strawberry cobbler recipe. While it’s not considered to be a traditional Juneteenth dessert, it embraces the use of the color red as a celebration of freedom and the tradition of gathering to share stories and food with one another.

Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
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Skillet Strawberry Cobbler


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening
  • ⅓ to ½ cup ice cold buttermilk
  • 6 cups strawberries, sliced thick
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons water, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
  3. Make a well in the mixture and pour 1/3 cup buttermilk into the well. Using a fork, stir until the mixture is evenly moist. Add more buttermilk as needed to form a dough.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide in half. Flatten each half into a thick round. Individually wrap each round in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.
  5. In a large bowl, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon zest, ginger, and lemon juice. In a small bow, combine cornstarch with 3 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. 
  6. Pour the slurry into the large bowl with strawberry mixture. Place the mixture in a large saucepan and add the remaining cup of water. Over medium heat, bring the saucepan to a low simmer, about 5 minutes (mixture will bubble on the sides). Remove from the heat and set aside.
  7. Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into separate 12-inch discs, approximately 1/8 inch thick. 
  8.  Roll one disc over the rolling pin and gently place the dough in the skillet and press gently around the edges. Pour prepared strawberries into the skillet. Roll the other disc over the rolling pin and gently place on top of the strawberries. Trim the dough with a knife as needed.
  9. Place the skillet in a preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until heated through and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite ice cream or whipped cream.
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Contributed By: Deborah VanTrece

Chef Deborah VanTrece is one of Atlanta’s hottest chef personalities, a published author, and the creative director and owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours and The Catering Company by VanTrece. The intersection of food and culture is at the heart of VanTrece’s cuisine, which features creative modern interpretations and global influences on traditional southern soul food. Chef VanTrece is a sought-after chef for top food brands and has partnered with top brands, such as Belvedere Vodka, Ben & Jerry’s, Sabra, Big Green Egg, and others. In March 2021, VanTrece released her first cookbook, The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors.

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