Updated: Feb 3, 2022
It's MICHAELMAS Day, also known as the Feast of the Archangels!
The St. Michael's Lent ends today so if you powered through that Novena, you are amazing! I have a little bit about the feast day below the recipe (because raise your hand if you hate having to scroll past a ton of text to get to a recipe).
Celebrating St. Michael and the archangels is a must right?! We integrated the St. Michael prayer into our marriage from the very beginning and I cannot recommend doing that with your family enough. He is there fighting our spiritual battles alongside us and I have always felt his presence in challenging times. I encourage you to find a place for him in your home.
Alright now for the recipe, which is what you are here for!
I'm part Irish so this traditional folk tale brings a little bit of my own culture into our home. It is said that when Satan was kicked out of Heaven that he landed in a blackberry patch! He returns every year to curse and spit on the fruit that he landed on, making them sour so they cannot be picked after the feast of Michaelmas. This story has inspired a yearly tradition of a blackberry dessert! This year I went with blackberry cobbler and this easy recipe was taken from The Pioneer Woman.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 1:00 hour
Yields: 8 servings
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 c. self rising flour
1 c. milk
2 c. fresh blackberries (two small containers will suffice)
There is no easier blackberry cobbler recipe online, this was perfect for making in the middle of the week. However, it is also pretty non-traditional in the sense that it is more cakey but will still give you the cobbled texture on top which is where this dessert gets its name.
Before you get going, take your 1/2 cup of butter and place it in a small glass bowl to melt in the microwave. While that is melting, you can pour 1 cup of sugar into a glass mixing bowl.
Measure out 1 cup of self rising flour and add that to your bowl of sugar. Now reach for your milk!
Pour in 1 cup of milk like so! I took this own action shot by myself without spilling milk all over the place. Look out world, my left hand is going places.
Whisk those three ingredients together until your mixture is nice and smooth.
Now grab my favorite ingredient, the butter, and pour it into your well-whisked wet mixture. Careful, the glass might still be hot.
Take any left over butter and give your baking dish a very good coating! Go on and get in there! (That's what my dad would say when he wanted me to get something "real good." East Texas girl over here.
Pour the batter into your baking dish!
Don't forget to rinse your blackberries and pat dry before starting. Once you've checked that off your list you will measure out two cups and evenly distribute them throughout the mixture.
I'm going to make a confession, I didn't pour those blackberries out of the measuring cup. I started to and they all ended up in one corner of the baking dish. I picked them up by the hand and plopped them in there myself. Do what you will!
Measure out the remainder of the required sugar, 1/4 cup, and sprinkle evenly over the top.
Reminds me of that oldie but goodie by the Archies.
"Sugar sugar, ah honey honey! You are my candy girl and you've got me wanting you!"
Stuck in your head now isn't it? :)
Pop in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees or until golden brown. Per recommendation, I baked this for 50 minutes, took it out, and sprinkled it with another teaspoon of sugar then put it back in to bake for the last 10 minutes. Let me just say... do this!
Serve hot with ice cream and a cup of coffee and just try to tell me you aren't having a good feast day!
If you would like to know a tad more about this feast day, I invite you to keep on reading.
This feast also follows the Fall Ember Days that we just observed. And fun fact, did you know that today was a holy day of obligation until the 18th century? I vote we add it back to the list, I'm all about reestablishing a more fervent and celebratory Catholicism.
A little bit about St. Michael, he is the archangel who fought against Lucifer, the fallen angel, and cast him out of Heaven. In Scott Hahn's book "Lamb’s Supper," he touches on angels and the spiritual warfare that goes on with little to no awareness on our part. I was intrigued by this point, that there is a battle for our souls which the angels of God are fighting for us and WITH us. Start asking today for their intercession and celebrate the many supernatural things they do on our behalf.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Hope that you are having a blessed feast of St. Michael and the archangels.
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