Cobbler from your Crockpot

13 Jan

Paula Deen Potluck Partners in Januarywas the inspiration for this crockpot dessert. It really could not be simpler. Since it takes 3 to 4 hours to bake, you can bring in the loaded crockpot, plug it in and let the good aromas fill the office. I’ll give you Paula’s recipe and then share my suggestions.

Ingredients

Filling:
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen strawberries
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen blueberries
1 (10-ounce) bag frozen raspberries
1/3 to 2/3 cup sugar (choose your sweetness level)
1/2 cup baking mix

Crust
2 1/4 cups baking mix
1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

Spray the insert of a crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, toss together all the frozen fruit, sugar and 1/2 cup baking mix. Transfer the fruit to the crockpot. In another large mixing bowl, stir together 2 1/4 cups baking mix, 1/4 cup sugar, melted butter and milk with a wooden spoon. With your hands, drop bits of dough on top of the fruit in the slow cooker. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and ground cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top of the dough and place the lid on the slow cooker. Turn the power onto high and slow cook for 3 to 4 hours until the topping has puffed and the fruit is bubbling.

From my playbook

I’m not actually sure of the significance of using your hands to drop to dough into the crockpot. I pushed lumps off a spoon with my finger and all was well, plus I didn’t have to run my rings through the jewelry cleaner when I was done.

Also, I didn’t get carried away with measuring and mixing sugar and cinnamon at the end. Just sprinkle some of each over the top. I used Sugar in the Raw.

Why not make your own baking mix? This way you can use high-quality, organic ingredients if you like. You could even use wheat flour! There are plenty of substitute ideas around, but here’s an easy one if you don’t have one of your own:

2 1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
1 Tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt (if you must be exact, it’s 1/6 teaspoon)
1/2 cup shortening

Mix the dry ingredients and cut in the shortening until the mix is crumbly. You can use it in place of the “baking mix” in the recipe. Sure, it takes more time, but you could even mix up a big batch and keep it on hand.

Add your favorite fruits and enjoy!

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