1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup hulled and sliced strawberries
Cherries, strawberries or other fruit (optional)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter in an 8×8-inch pan and place in the oven until the butter has just melted. Remove from the oven and set aside.
2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl to blend. Using a rubber spatula, cut through the batter a couple of times to incorporate the butter and push the batter into the corners of the pan.
3. Drain any liquid from the strawberries and arrange them neatly over the batter.
4. Bake until the entire top is golden brown, about 50 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, optional.