Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cobbler and Hot Chocolate

Not necessarily together...
Cherry Cobbler
I have been trying to make space in our freezer for the side of beef that is coming in January so I'm pulling out a few things.  Last night I made a cherry cobbler from cherries from my parent's orchard.  I love this recipe.  It is quite easy and is actually the very first recipe I ever made by myself when I was young.  I still have it on the original card I copied it onto (childish handwriting and misspellings and all).  It is actually supposed to be a blackberry cobbler but I have found that it works with any kind of fruit.  This was one of my grandmother's recipes. It makes this wonderful, fruity, gooey sauce in the bottom of the pan.

Blackberry (or whatever) Cobbler
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c shortening
1 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c milk
Combine ingredients for batter.  Spread into greased 8"x8" baking dish.  Cover top with 1 quart canned fruit (or 1 quart fresh fruit and 1/2 c water). Sprinkle top with 1/2 c additional sugar.  Bake 45 min at 375 F.  
Can be served hot with milk, cream or ice cream.  It is also good cold (we had it for breakfast).

In Hot Chocolate news:  The boys brought home another fundraiser for school a few weeks ago.  Usually the fundraisers sell lots of junk that I feel bad about trying to sell to people (I find it appalling that elementary children are expected to fund raise at all!).  But this one I felt good about.  They were selling fair trade coffee and chocolate from Equal Exchange.  We are able to get Equal Exchange coffee through the buying club at our church but they don't generally get the hot cocoa mix.  We decided to try the spicy one.  Whoa! it has a kick!  Not overly sweet and you can definitely taste the chili.  V and I really like it and it is definitely having a good effect on my congestion.  
Now, on to laundry and cookie baking...


  1. I think that's so lovely that you still have the original recipe card you created.

    I'm totally coveting that chocolate. mmmmmm Chilli addition is a real latin american thing.

  2. That is a nice change of pace. I used to hate dealing with those fundraisers.

  3. Mon, it is quite the latin american thing- I love the chocolate, cinnamon, chili combo.

    Stephany- The new restriction that schools can't charge any extra for field trips has resulted in even MORE fundraisers. I would rather pay for the field trips!!!


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