Whoa, I've written Recipe blogs before, but I've never gotten as many comments as the one about the Kraft Cheesecake Filling! And I appreciate all the comments and the new recipes.
I must make a personal revelation. Certain members of my Family have a weird prediliction. My Mother, older Bro, middle Step-Bro and I all read Cookbooks like other folks read novels. Seriously, we will sit down with a new cookbook and read it cover-to-cover, dogearing pages, or in my case, marking pages with those little sticky bookmarks and making notes in the margins in pencil. I also subscribe to Allrecipes.com, so about 4 times/week I get recipes by email. Sometimes I save them to my computer's recipe box, and sometimes I delete them. I tell y'all all this so that you will know I know whereof I am about to opine.
Cobbler made with cake or that ends up with a cakey type crust ain't Cobbler. It's cake with fruit. The BI+C# GODDESS of Moot Points, Futile Arguments and Lost Causes has spoken. As I am a benevolent Goddess, you may express a differring opinion, but you will not change my mind. Generations of excellent cobbler makers on all the branches of my family tree have sent this information down to me. It's in my genes.
I am about to risk serious bodily injury by revealing our family secret of cobbler crust. It's not THAT much of a risk. My Mother couldn't find my blog if her life depended on it, and both my grandmothers are long dead, may they Rest in Peace, so here goes.
Make your usual PIE Crust dough. I make my cobbler in a 9 x 13 dish, b/c my Dearly Beloved loves cobbler and likes to have it for days.
So I roll my crust out in a rectangle. Then I carefully transfer it to a cookie sheet, and bake it in a 425 oven for 10 minutes. This crisps it enough that when the fruits and juices and butter and sugar are added on top it doesn't get all soggy.
Then I make another rectangle, and repeat the baking. and add it on top of the bottom layer of crust and fruit. More fruit and juices and butter and sugar gets added.
Then a third batch of dough gets rolled out. BUT, this layer gets cut into strips. then baked. These strips get laid on top of the fruit in a lattice pattern. Dot with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Put this concoction in a 350 oven for 45 minutes, then check for bubbliness and goldenness. Serve warm with ice cream or REAL Whipped Cream, depending on your degree of decadence. I say 'serve warm', not 'HOT', b/c if you serve it hot you will burn your taste buds and not be able to truly appreciate the exquisite flavors of the fruit and butter and sugar and ice cream. So there!
Now, I will be the very First to admit that this is a LOT of work. Throwing the pie filling, and cake mix and whatever into a baking dish is easier. But I repeat, it AIN'T cobbler. It may be tasty, it may in fact be delicious. I've had some of these treats, and they were good. I enjoyed them. But I left the table still hungry for COBBLER.
When you've been raised on Pie-Crust Cobbler, and that's what you're hungry for, that's what you by-Goddess want and nothing else, no matter how tasty, will do!
Can I get an AMEN?