Saturday, July 2, 2011

Rhubarb Cobbler

That summer feeling happened today! It took until July, but it's here, I just know it!  As I look at the weather gadget on my computer's sidebar, the reading is 88° at 7:30 pm.  Not too shabby.  A little overkill maybe, but I'll take it!

Looking out over the yard today, I realized that I'd better get on the ball and pull some of my rhubarb before it gets away from me!  Sometimes I forget that it's a functional plant and not a decorative.  I have two, one is going like gangbusters, the other...not so much.  We planted them in different parts of the yard to see which area would be the ideal and the results are in...the plant that is on the east side of our shed is the happiest.
Our yard is functional, not ornamental.  The plants to the right of the rhubarb are horseradish.  If the photo had captured more to the right, you would have found tomatoes, kiwi and asparagus!  I love looking at all my friend's beautiful yard photos on other sites, but the farm girl in me insists on getting something back for my investment.  Too practical, I guess.

Today, I'm going to refer back to my grandmother's recipe for Easy Fruit Cobbler.  After looking at a dozen or more recipes online, I've tinkered and found a good way to make a rhubarb filling and just use her batter.

Rhubarb Cobbler
2 c. chopped rhubarb
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 of a 3 oz. package of Strawberry Jello
1/8 t. cinnamon
about 4-6 T. Bisquick Baking Mix
1/3 c. Sugar (adjust to your liking)
1/8-1/4 c. Canola Oil (or any light oil, I've even used light olive oil!)
Pam Spray

Mix first 4 ingredients together in a medium bowl.
Grease or Pam Spray a 1 quart bowl fit for the oven and add the rhubarb mixture.
Mix together the batter ingredients and pour evenly over the rhubarb. 
Bake at 400° for 30 minutes, reduce to 350° and bake an addition 30
Makes: 1 quart casserole/4 med. servings

I decided that I didn't want to make a full size cobbler, it's just too much temptation around the house.   So I pulled one of my favorite 1 quart cobbler bowls out for the task.

Chopping the rhubarb was a quick chore and then the sugar and jello were added...

Batter was made and poured...

 It came out of the oven looking just gorgeous...

 As always, my husband is the taste tester...he said it was a keeper!  I agree.

The rhubarb filling wasn't too sweet or too tart.  The jello melted in perfectly and gave it just the right touch of 'strawberry'.  A perfect marriage.  
**Hubby always douses his cobblers with Half and Half, but ice cream would be wonderful, too!
**The filling may be doubled, the batter doesn't really need it, but you may increase as desired       
(I probably would!)

I hope everyone in the US enjoys a wonderful time with family and friends this July 4th.  Please...remember what that date means...really means.  Many, many people in the nation's history have given much.
July 4th, 1776
— And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

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