This past weekend, we took a family trip to the beach. Myself, my daughter, brother, sister-in-law and nephew all packed in the car and went to my parents house to harass them for the whole weekend. Lucky them! After the cupcake contest Friday evening, I was talking with my mom and sister-in-law about different ideas and general brainstorming for different things I can make. My sister-in-law and I are very different when it comes to what we like when it comes to desserts. She likes more of the fancy dishes, I like the simple stuff. She’s also VERY honest, so anytime I want to know how good (or bad) something tastes, I can certainly rely on her for some feedback. For instance…she doesn’t like cheesecake. I love cheesecake. She doesn’t like strawberry flavored cakes. I love them. She’s tired of peanut butter because our family is peanut butter crazy. I’m still not tired of peanut butter. She likes bread pudding. I’m not a fan…and the list goes on. So, who is a better person than her to get some different ideas of desserts that I would never think of to try? No one.
On the way home, I asked her what kind of desserts she really likes. She suggested pineapple upside down cake (which she’s suggested a few times before, but I haven’t gotten to that one yet), lava cakes, cobblers. She mentioned how she’s not really big on the fruit part of cobblers, but sounded like she was salivating while talking about a chocolate cobbler. Bingo! Lightbulb turned on in my head. So, that was next. Cobblers are very much of a southern dish, so I can’t help but to chuckle at the fact that she’s from New Jersey and requested a cobbler. We’ve converted her. Well, maybe not with the peanut butter thing because she’s sick of it now…and I can see why. Their son eats a peanut butter sandwich every day. He dips his Cheerios in peanut butter. Every. Day. When we were at the beach, my brother (her husband) was hungry for a late night snack, so he walks out of the kitchen with a spoonful of peanut butter. They have two dogs, named Peanut and Butter. No, I’m not kidding. I must have laughed for two weeks when they got their new puppy and named him Butter.
After we got home, I started searching for chocolate cobbler recipes, and found one on allrecipes.com. I have never made a cobbler before…and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan. I’m hoping that this recipe will turn things around for my outlook on cobblers, especially since they’re a popular dish in the South. Survey says…I’m now good with cobbler. Chocolate, that is. May have to branch out and try some others after this one.
6 tablespoons butter
1 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups boiling water