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Berry Cobbler

Looking back over the recipes I have posted, I notice there are very few desserts….probably because we try not to eat many desserts unless we are at a party or going to one! This one would make a great Memorial Day dessert or save it for July 1st or the 4th of July. The colors work well with French vanilla ice cream! It so simple even the kids can make it…

Berry Cobbler * (see below)

Ingredients
Two 12-oz bags frozen mixed berries/peaches
1 box white or yellow cake mix
¼ cup melted butter
Approximately 1 can of diet 7-up or other clear soda (355 ml)- drizzle all over cake mix.
(might need more than 1 can of soda to avoid dry spots)

Instructions
Place frozen fruit in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Add dry cake mix over the top. Drizzle ¼ cup melted butter over the cake mix. Pour soda slowly over cake mix. DO NOT stir the cake mix and the soda – this will give you a ‘crust’. If you stir the two, you will have a cake like topping.

Bake 350 for 45-50 min or longer until berries are cooked.

* If berries are not your thing, experiment with other fruits such as rhubarb, mango cubes, melon, etc. I am thinking about strawberry and rhubarb? Uhm… wonder what would happen with strawberry and banana and drizzling the finished cake with chocolate syrup aka…banana split???

 

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Rhubarb (Fruit) Dump Cake

Our friend, Sandy, posted this recipe on her FB page. The mad scientist/baker in our house decided to experiment with it since rhubarb is very difficult to find where we live. Et voila…. In researching dump cakes, it was noted that this is often the FIRST cake which a child can make since it is so basic! Calling all Moms and Grandmas??? Ok…grandpas and dads too…Thanks Sandy B.

Rhubarb Dump Cake

Dump cake is usually a combination of canned fruit, with cherries and pineapples being some of the most preferred. Fruit is usually drained and combined on the bottom of a baking dish. Next, people add yellow or white cake mix, simply pouring the mix right over the fruit. Recipes vary but most then direct people to add slices of butter on top of the cake mix. When the cake is baked it has a lovely top crust that is buttery over a layer of sweet fruit. Be brave and experiment with the fruits…..

More like a crisp than a cake…if you cannot find the rhubarb, try the substitutions in red….

1 pound rhubarb, cut into ¼ pieces (3 to 4 cups) and ¾ cup sugar OR

1 pound fresh strawberries (quarter the larger ones, half the small ones)

+ 1 cup fresh mango cubes (not super ripe)

¾ cup sugar

Cinnamon

1 – 3 oz. strawberry Jello

1 package yellow cake mix

1 cup water (warmed)

¼ cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Spread the fruit evenly in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the fruit, followed by the Jello, and finally, the cake mix.

Pour the melted butter and the water over the top of the cake being careful to moisten it all. DO NOT STIR!!!

Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit appears tender.

Serve with a good French Vanilla ice cream.

 

 

Chocolate Fudge Cakes aka Molten Lava Cakes

When the kids were younger, they loved those molten lava cakes with the rich warm chocolate filling. That was when they were only available in restaurants. Then President’s Choice brought them out and life was simpler. More recently Dr. Oetker has introduced a mix available in Canada so kids can make these easily at home. (My granddaughter likes to make these after dinner while all of the adults are having another glass of wine!)
The recipe below is still my preference and I must apologize, its source is lost from my aging mind….
Chocolate Fudge Cakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 yolks
  • 3 T sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. semi sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • raspberries
Instructions

Preheat oven to 375
Grease 6 – 1/2 cup ramekins
Sprinkle with sugar.

Beat eggs and yolks with sugar for 5 minutes.
Melt butter over low heat and add chocolate.
Fold into the egg mixture.
Fold in flour.

Divide among 6 ramekins. Cook 10 minutes. Add a few fresh raspberries and a rich French vanilla ice cream!