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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What’s Cooking Wednesday

Hey everybody ~ hope you’re all hanging in there, what with all the Thanksgiving preparations.  I’ll be cooking a small dinner at my house but it’s so frantic over here you’d think I was inviting the Duggars over to break bread.  Rest assured I’ve got a few comments on that crazy little situation and don’t think I won’t be letting y’all know about them in the near future. But back to what’s going on here -  I’m trying to get everything cleaned and organized and well, just ready for everyone to come over.  It won’t be a lot of people but let’s face it.  Y’all know me - it could be 1 person coming over and I’d still be going this crazy.
Right now I’m taking a break to watch Sons of Anarchy and also waiting for the outcome of a recipe experiment.  I was really wanting a little something sweet to eat and of course had nothing in the house already prepared.  So being the Southern Belle that I am, I decided to make a Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa – but with a few twists.

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa is an old Southern recipe that calls for 1 cup of Flour, 1 cup of Milk, 1 Cup of Sugar poured over 2 cups of the fruit your choice. To the pantry I went.  Flour – check.  Sugar – uh, only a little over a 1/2 cup.   Checked the icebox – no milk.  Hey wait…I saw a can of evaporated milk in the pantry.   Fruit – bag of mixed berries in the freezer.  Worth a shot I guess.

I sprayed a baking dish (a deep dish pie plate to be exact) with non-stick spray and then dumped the berries in.  Into a mixing bowl went the flour, sugar and evaporated milk.  Now normally I would use an equal ratio of Pet milk to water but tonight I used it full strength. Thought it would help give it a little more oomph since I was short on the sweet.  What could I use to make up for the sugar shortage though?  Then it came to me.  I made pear preserves a couple of weeks ago.  Pears would work well with the berries, so I added 1/2 cup of the preserves to the flour/milk/sugar mix then poured it over the berries. 

Into a 350 degree oven it went.  I placed it on a baking sheet in case it spilled over because I wasn’t even sure it was going to turn out to be some edible and if it didn’t, I sure as heck didn’t want to be cleaning an oven of stuff that was too bad to even eat.  

You would normally bake the dish for 30 minutes BUT because I used the preserves, in addition to the sweetness it also increased the liquid content. I ended up baking it for 45, 50 minutes.  I’m pretty sure had I baked it in a 9x9 or even a 9x13 pan, it wouldn’t have taken so long.

Here’s the final outcome:
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And dished up…
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Even if it’s not the prettiest thing to look at dished up, it was very tasty I have to say.  I will probably keep this on in file in the back of my mind for those “man, I wish I had a little something sweet to eat” times. 

Have you ever had Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa?  Or better yet, tell me what you can whip up with what’s in your pantry right now. 


Michelle Hoad said...

I bet that would have been terrific with a little bit of ice cream. It reminds me of cobbler and cobbler is my favorite dessert.

Dee Stephens said...

That sounds pretty good and easy! I'm with Michelle. Ice cream would be delish with it!

Allenspark Lodge said...

I think if you had substituted a cup of bourbon for the preserves...


Mr. Daddy said...

that sounds down right yummy...LOL

you wouldn't even want to know what happens north of the Mason Dixon line. And seeings how Rach is into Thai spicy hot, there probably isn't even any sugar in our pantry...LOL

Kathy B said...

Looks Delish must try your recipes. Stopping by to say Hi from blog hop Over 40. Come visit my southern blog, http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

Happy Thanksgiving to Yall!
Kathy B.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this looks delicious and sounds so easy to make.

Rachel said...

Of course I would read this while I'm craving something sweet!

That looks yumm-o and I am totally filing that one away too!

Hope you had a most wonderful Thanksgiving!