1 cup butter divided (that is 2 sticks, so there is no need to divide)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups self rising flour (if not self rising, use the same amount regular with 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 1/4 tsp. baking powder- but I tell you, I do love the self rising for this recipe!)
1/3 cup milk, room temperature
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbs. sugar
In 10 in. oval or round baking dish, melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter; set aside.
In saucepan, heat sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved.
Place flour in mixing bowl; cut in remaining butter (second stick- which is good to have softened) until fine crumbs form.
Add milk, stirring with a fork until dough leaves the side of the bowl.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead three or four times.
Roll out to an 11x9 in. rectangle that is about 1/4 in. thick.
Spread berries over dough and sprinkle with cinnamon. (I like to smash some of my berries up a little during this step.)
Roll up, jelly roll style. (My dough sometimes crack in this step- especially if I use frozen berries that are still a little cold- I don't think it hurts anything. I also do this on wax paper not to stain those beloved taupe Formica counters too badly)
Cut into 1/4 in. thick slices and carefully lay slices in baking dish over butter. (I usually have to smush them in there and still end up with two layers- that is perfectly good.)
Pour sugar syrup around slices. (You will think uh- oh! But trust me it is supposed to look like that- I promise the water will absorb!)