What does “comfort food” mean to you? It’s almost impossible to define, isn’t it? It really means something different to everyone. For a Southerner like me, it might mean fried chicken and cornbread. Or okra and tomatoes. Or field peas with sliced tomatoes. It really depends on the season and the reason. Comfort food for cold weather is completely different than comfort food for the summer. And comfort food for when you’re homesick is a different thing from comfort food for a heartbreak.
Whatever comfort food means to you, Southern Living has you covered in their new cookbook, “Comfort Food Made Easy.” I’ve been a Southern Living fan for as long as I can remember. Their magazine is a constant presence on our coffee table and I have their annual cookbooks all the way back to 1982. This latest volume is just packed with recipes that are easy, hearty, and perfect for the busy lives we all lead these days. It’s a cookbook that I’m happy to have an opportunity to give away to one of my readers. Details on that are at the end of the post.
When they say the recipes are comforting and easy, they aren’t kidding. Take this Banana Bread Cobbler for instance. It uses ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now and takes, at the most, 15 minutes to pull together. Pop it in the oven while you’re getting the rest of your meal done and then just sit back and enjoy the compliments. This is real, true comfort food at its best, y’all.
Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk until just blended. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the batter into a lightly greased 11×7 baking dish.
Top with the banana slices.
To make the streusel, in a medium bowl use a fork to stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Stir in the oats and pecans.
Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the banana slices. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 4 medium-size ripe bananas, sliced
- Streusel topping
- Vanilla ice cream
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup uncooked regular oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk until just blended. Whisk in the melted butter.
- Pour the batter into a lightly greased 11x7 baking dish. Top with the banana slices and sprinkle with the streusel topping.
- To make the streusel, in a medium bowl use a fork to stir together the brown sugar, flour, and butter until a crumbly mixture is achieved. Stir in the oats and pecans.
- Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the banana slices. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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And now for the giveaway! Southern Living is offering a copy of their book “Comfort Food Made Easy” along with a container of LouAna Coconut Oil to one Never Enough Thyme reader. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only. Contest ends on April 7 at 11:59 PM EDT. The winner will be selected and will have 24 hours to respond with shipping information. If there is no response after 24 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me about your favorite comfort food!
The giveaway is closed but you can still leave comments. The winner was commenter #19. Congratulations, Rhonda!
Other cobbler recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Skillet Peach Cobbler from Savory Simple
- Apple Snickerdoodle Cobbler from Baked by Rachel
- Houston’s Walnut Apple Cobbler from Copykat Recipe
- Chocolate Cobbler from Bake or Break
- Sangria Fruit Cobbler from Confessions of a Foodie Bride
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Fresh Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust
- Two years ago: Jezebel Sauce
- Three years ago: Italian Sausage and White Beans
- Four years ago: Pasta Puttanesca
- Five years ago: Make Your Own Butter!
I’m required by FTC rules to disclose to my readers that I received products from Southern Living as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.