Fruit Cobbler ~ Randi’s Best Buddies and Children’s Fun Recipe

by on October 8, 2010

Randi Lewin, our friend and cookbook author from Colorado, writes, “We had a cold and wet snow storm last week which wreaked havoc all over this mountain. The electricity went out of over 40,000 homes for over 3 days. (God bless wood stoves and the power of a woman’s survival instincts!) All food supplies in the refrigerator and freezer eventually went bad and to the garbage dump. It was quite an adventure! I used a pair of metal tongs to heat up sandwiches over the fire in the stove. I was heating up snow, water and milk on top of the stove for hot drinks and water for my 4-legged monsters, as they nuzzled each other like best buddies!

 

Randi's best buddies

But I was able to READ 3 complete novels, went sledding into my pasture and came up with quite a delicious but primitive type of fruit cobbler: Oats, brown sugar, peaches (canned and drained partially), cinnamon, nutmeg all mixed together and placed into a stainless steel bowl, then covered with tin-foil, and placed directly on top of the fire in the stove. Thirty minutes later, I drizzled some maple syrup on top and delighted in my sweet creation.”

 

As she writes down the recipe for Fruit Cobbler, she becomes lyrical, “Grandmothers share their love in whatever they do, especially cooking and baking. But is it just the way that they cook that form many fond memories; or is it the way that they teach us to cook, by allowing the children to mix a little of this, and crumble a little bit of that and of course taste a little bit too. Through the lessons covertly taught in their kitchen, children learn about life in general, mathematical skills that last a lifetime, proper manners for today and tomorrow and overall, how to share and enjoy the goodness that life offers.”

 

Ingredients for Fruit Cobbler

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the filling:

Show the children how to follow directions and prepare this filling:

  • 4 cups peeled and sliced fruits (apples, peaches, apricots, papaya, etc.)
  • ¾ cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) cold sliced butter

Easy-to-make Fruit Cobbler

  1. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish or bowl well
  2. In the casserole dish combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and juice.
  3. Gently, with a fork or spoon mix the chosen fruit into sugar and spices.
  4. Then show the children how to dot the top with the sliced butter.
  5. Set the peaches aside and prepare the topping.

Topping for Fruit Cobbler:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) cold butter sliced into little pieces
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk

Method:

  1. Have the children measure the dry ingredients and butter, place each into a bowl and then mix all ingredients together using a pastry blender, wire beater or 2 knives/forks.
  2. Then show them how to gradually add the milk and then mix the ingredients with a fork.
  3. Teach them how to gather the dough together and then place it on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough about 10 times or until smooth.
  4. Demonstrate to the children how to shape dough to fit casserole dish or deep dish pie plate, making sure that the dough is not more than about half an inch thick.
  5. Have them place the dough over the fruit and then show them how to press down along the edges of the dish as if tucking the fruit into the dish. Trim away any excess dough.
  6. Bake 40-50 minutes or until juices begin to bubble and fruit feels tender when pierced through the dough with a knife or fork. If topping begins to brown before juices begin to bubble, you should place a sheet of foil over the topping to prevent burning, and continue baking. Explain why you are doing this to the children so that they will understand and thus they will not just have a scrumptious treat to enjoy, but a lesson that may last a lifetime.

There, making Fruit Cobbler is child’s play.
 

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