Cast Iron Pan Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp
There is something special about cooking and baking in cast iron. Maybe it’s the fact that it feels a little old fashioned, and nostalgic, or maybe it’s just that cast iron seems to make everything taste better. Regardless, cooking and baking in cast iron is one of my favorite ways to make some of my favorite dishes come to life.
why cast iron
Cast iron pans have been used for centuries in cooking and baking, and are thought to have originated in China around 220 AD. In the 16th century cast iron became popular in Europe and a staple in most households, which then spread throughout the world.
But in the 20th century with the insurgence of cookware materials like aluminum, cast iron pans started to become less popular and were replaced by lighter, more modern cookware options. Today though we are beginning to see a resurgence of cast iron as people are returning to this historic way of cooking, and investing in pans that are made to last a lifetime.
I myself was actually turned on to the beauty of using cast-iron after my Dad went on a big cast-iron hunting kick, searching and reviving cast-iron pans from almost 100 years old. Once I started to see just how amazing they were to cook in, and researched the added health and environmental benefits of using a pan that has not come in contact with harmful chemicals and metals meant to replicate that natural “nonstick” surface of cast-iron I was hooked.
where to buy cast iron pans
There are a few different options when it comes to sourcing cast iron pans. One is to search for pans in antique stores and yard sales. I would recommend looking for a Wagner or Griswald pan, neither of which are being made anymore but have quite a legacy to them.
But if searching for antique cast iron isn’t your thing I also would highly recommend investing in a Finex Cast Iron pan. I originally discovered Finex through the company BuyMeOnce which researches and carries brands that are making the highest quality, longest lasting products around the world.
The goal of BuyMeOnce is to help people reduce their overall waste, and support a sustainable lifestyle by taking the guess work out of what products are worth investing in. Over the past they have proven to be an incredible resource for me, and are me go-to for finding lifetime guaranteed brands. After coming across the Finex pans on the BuyMeOnce website (which are made in the USA) I honestly was blown away by how beautiful and well made they were. From the handle, to the lid, to the beautiful octagon shape.
The pan that I have been using is the 10" skillet with lid and I love thinking about all the memories and meals that will be made while using this pan. While on the more expensive side, this is a pan I will own for the rest of my life and one day will pass down. I also love that Finex has a lifetime guarantee policy for all their pans and makes it easy for consumers to register their pans when they arrive so that they will always be covered.
baking in cast iron
For a long time I never baked in cast iron pans. For some reason I just thought that they were made for cooking, but once you start baking in cast iron boy is it hard to go back. I now almost exclusively will use cast iron for all of my crisps and cobblers, but they are also great for making breads like cornbread, and biscuits.
But the most satisfying thing to make in a cast iron pan for me will probably always be a perfect sunny side up egg — but that’s just me.
Now onto this blueberry crisp recipe. I love making crisps with an oatmeal crumble crust as the hearty flavor and texture of oatmeal seems to always give the crisp those perfect clusters — and let’s be honest, we’re all really in it for the clusters.
I also personally don’t really believe in overly sweetening crisps — especially blueberry crisps. The blueberries speak for themselves with their tangy-sweet flavor, which really shouldn’t be masked by an abundance of sugar. So for this crisp I only slightly sweeten it with a little honey, and a sprinkle of sugar on top.
This blueberry crisp is the perfect taste of summer, made even more special if you are eating it in the bitter cold of winter with blueberries stored from the hot summer months. While you certainly could make this blueberry crisp in a regular baking pan I would highly recommend using cast iron for an even bake and a beautifully bubbling blueberry crisp.
Cast Iron Pan Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp
serves 6 | preparation time 15 minutes | baking time 45 minutes
4 cups local organic blueberries
6 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup gluten free oats
1 cup gluten free oat flour
1/8 tsp sea salt
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbs local honey
1/2 tsp arrowroot powder
Optional: Organic sugar for sprinkling on top, vanilla ice cream for topping, or whipped coconut cream.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium size bowl combine blueberries, honey, and arrow root powder. Stir with a spoon until berries are coated in honey and arrowroot powder.
Next, using a 10” cast iron pan add the blueberry mixture to the pan.
Place the cast iron pan to the side and in a large bowl combine oats, oat flour, coconut oil, salt. cinnamon, and vanilla.
Use a fork to work the flour and oats into the wet ingredients. If the dough feels too dry add an additional tablespoon of water or milk of choose.
Once the dough begins to form clumps sprinkle it evenly over the blueberries in the cast iron pan.
Lastly, sprinkle the blueberry crisp with some sugar and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
Once the crisp has begun to brown on top and the blueberries are bubbling remove it from the oven.
Allow to cool and serve with vanilla ice cream or my personal favorite a large dollop of whipped coconut cream.