Here we are, waiting for “Sandy” to hit. She’s a hurricane. We are also expecting a nor’easter. The combination is what they are referring to as “the perfect storm” or a hybrid storm. Fortunately, we are not on the coast. We won’t have to worry about 16 foot waves. We live inland and are expecting 60 mph winds, up to 80 mph wind gusts and probable power outages.
During this time, I have bought minimal groceries in case we do lose power. You can only store so much in coolers. We have had plenty of experience with power outages. Since buying our house three years ago, we have gone without power about fifteen times. Some of those for just an hour, but most for days. Last year at this time, we lost power for nine days. That’s a long time without running water. See, we have a well and septic. No electricity = no pumping of water out of the well. No showers and no flushing toilet.
But we do have a wood stove and wood to burn. We do have a plethora of books and games to entertain ourselves and we do have this Cranberry Crumb Skillet Cake.
You will love this. Thomas said “I don’t even like cranberries and I love this cake”. So, what are you waiting for?
Start with fresh cranberries. I got a bag of Ocean Spray cranberries and was a little disappointed. I ended up throwing about 1/4 of the bag away due to mushy cranberries. Who wants mushy cranberries?! Wash 1 cup cranberries.
In a medium bowl, you want to combine 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder. Whisk it to combine.
Next you want to measure 1/3 cup of canola oil and place it in a 1 cup measuring cup, add 1 egg and then pour enough milk to fill the 1 cup measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix completely.
Fold in your fresh cranberries and place into a “seasoned” cast iron skillet.
In the same bowl that you made the batter in, combine 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter and 1 tsp cinnamon. Using a fork or your fingers, mix until crumbly.
Spread this mixture over top of your batter.
Bake in a 400F for 20-25 minutes.
It is a perfect combination.