Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler

Hi folks!

Coming back to you with recipe #2 - and I chose another baked good. In fact, I let my son choose again. That's it for awhile though, the next one is going to be my own choosing, and I'm going to look at the recipe before I do! haha

On today's menu is Cranberry Fruit Cobbler.

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler
This one started out a bit on the sad side. Let me be frank here, I've never made anything with cranberries other than cranberry sauce. And the only time I've made cranberry sauce has been at Thanksgiving (do people eat cranberry sauce at any other time of the year?).

Me and Hunter went to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients. I looked around for fresh Ocean Spray Cranberries (very specific!). No luck. I find an associate:

Me: Hi, could you tell me where I can find the fresh cranberries?
Him: Nope...
Me: *bewildered*. 'Nope' you won't tell me or 'nope' there are no fresh cranberries?
Him: No, there are no fresh cranberries. Out of season.
Me: ... I didn't realize cranberries had a season.
Him: Every produce has a season...
Me: Oh.
Him: Ya...

Ok then. I've never really thought about it, but lesson learned.

So no fresh cranberries. Mother Nature has already stood in the way of this being a success, but I press on. This time I'll use frozen cranberries and I'll make it again in the fall, the proper way.

I wonder how many things you can put cranberries in during prep for a thanksgiving meal without it being "too much"? :) Check back in October and I'll let you know! ha.

Want to know more about cranberries? I did - here you go! My favourite part is the "10 Reasons to Love Dried Cranberries" article.

Photo source

Let's get to the goods.

The Recipe Card:
I don't know where this recipe came from. The handwriting isn't that of my grandmother or my grandfather (not that I'd really expect him to be writing out recipes, but you just never know). I searched through the rest of the 'Red Tin Box' to see if there were any more with this writing but came up empty-handed.

It's a busytown mystery, my friends.



Edited to add: 
This is my aunts writing, and it came from her high school home ec class! Busytown Mystery solved!!

The Process:
Fortunately, this recipe had a tad more direction than the Cookies did, so I was feeling pretty good - Cranberries and walnuts in a pie plate, alright!

Prepping the pie plate

And sprinkle them with sugar. Hunter said it 'snowed in cranberry land'. Who needs Cranberry Fruit Cobbler when they have a kid who is cute enough to eat?!

Snowing in Cranberry Land

Then mix the topping. My favourite part of the recipe is when it says "mix batter and pour over fruit".

Batter to be "poured"

No "pouring" possible. Perhaps "pour" was the wrong word to use in the recipe, but I will admit that it sounds a lot better than what I would have said - "glob". That's basically what I did. I globbed the batter over the fruit.

Disappointment sets in as I try to understand how this is going to turn cobbler-ey. Time to toss it in the oven and hope for the best.

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler ready for the oven!

Miracle of all miracles, the batter starts to melt and sink down into the fruit. Glorious, glorious cobbler. Looks good enough to eat!

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler

The Recipe:

Fruit Layer
1 cup Ocean Spray fresh cranberries
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts

1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 Flour
6 tbsp oil or melted shortening

Grease 9" pie plate. Put cranberries and nuts in and sprinkle sugar over.
Mix batter and pour over fruit. Pour in middle of fruit but do not smooth over
Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.
Cut like pie and serve with generous slab of ice cream.
Hot or cold.

My Personal Notes:

  • I really like the part in the recipe where is specifically states to serve with a generous slab of ice cream. Well sure!
  • I chose melted veggie shortening over oil. For no other reason than it had 10 less calories per 2 tbsp. Not that it makes much of a difference when you have 3/4 cup of sugar, but I needed something to make me choose one over the other.
  • Although the batter wasn't 'pourable', it turned out pretty tasty. I think when I do this again at Thanksgiving, I will make some adjustments to the batter - it turned out a bit crispy. Maybe a larger egg? I used a medium. Maybe try the oil over the veggie shortening? 

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler

It was devoured almost instantly.

Cranberry Fruit Cobbler with a generous slab of ice cream. Hot.
Next up, we're going to have a supper dish - Savoury Supper. I've read through the recipe and it's just as vague as the rest of them. But this time I'm prepared for vague - and it has sausages in it, so how can you go wrong?

See you soon!



  1. Your son does sound adorable! Now maybe you are too young to remember but ice-cream used to come in a carton and you could actually open it up and cut off a "slab". I wonder if that's what the recipe meant. :)

  2. My husband and I were just talking about that today! We were reminiscing about Neapolitan ice cream and how our Mother's would open the carton and cut off a slab! It looked so pretty on the plate and we both come from large families si it was a great way to divvy it up!,