This week, Ree’s in Orlando, ditching the boots for a pair of flip flops. Right now, she’s either lost in Wally World, hiding in the bathroom, or clutching the bars of some insane ride and crying for her mommy. So we have another special guest filling in for this week’s Tasty Recipe post! Today, missamy takes over with a decadent chocolate dessert that looks almost too good to be true. If you remember Amy from her feature some months back, then you know you’re in for a wild and delicious ride. It’s all yours, Amy!
When I was invited to guest post here I was filled with glee and honored to have been asked to fulfill such a task. Ree rocks the recipe rundown like no other. To try to fill her shoes (or boots) is an undertaking for sure. But I’ll do my best. And today, chocolate is involved, so how can I go wrong? Chocolate always covers a multitude of shortcomings in the kitchen. Burn a roast? Serve a chocolate pie and no one will remember. Running late and all you have on hand is sandwich fixings? Chocolate brownies will make it all better. You get the picture.
So when I saw this recipe, My Granny’s Chocolate Cobbler submitted by Tasty Kitchen member Susan Hawkins, I knew I had to give it a try. Ya know, for y’all. I’m a trooper like that. You can thank me later. Or rather, thank Susan and her Granny for the recipe.
This cobbler reminds of a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, like the one Ree once shared. But I think it’s a little more ooey gooey with a crispy and crunchy top concealing a moist cake and rich chocolate syrup. Let’s get started and you can see for yourself!
The ingredients are simple. You’ll need flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar and hot tap water.
Begin with the flour in a mixing bowl.
Next add the baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa powder and 3/4 of the sugar.
Side note here: I used dark cocoa powder for this recipe, which can be found in most local groceries. I’m a dark chocolate fan. You can certainly use regular cocoa powder, but if you can find it, the dark cocoa powder gives it an extra kick of richness that would make Ree’s skirt fly up. I don’t wear many skirts but I felt a distinct breeze up my pant legs.
Okay, back to the recipe. Mix ingredients well.
Next add the milk, melted butter and vanilla extract.
Combine well until you have a smooth batter. At this point it looks much like a brownie batter. I suppose, if you wanted, you could stop here and call it day. But Granny has bigger plans for us, so hold your horses.
In an 8 x 8″ or equivalent size casserole or baking dish, evenly spread the chocolate batter and set aside.
Moving right along, in a bowl place the remaining white sugar, the brown sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Combine well. The mixture was a little lumpy due to my brown sugar clumping but I just broke apart any large clumps and didn’t worry about the others.
Evenly distribute dry mixture over the chocolate batter.
Now here’s where it gets a little wonky. You may wonder what was Granny thinkin’? I even checked the recipe, concerned I had missed a step. Pour 1 1/2 cups of hot tap water over the whole thing and don’t stir.
Again, don’t stir. Just let it be. It looks kinda wrong, I know, but some kind of Granny magic happens. Trust me. Or rather trust Granny. She knew what she was doing.
Bake in a 350° F oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the center is set.
And here ’tis!
A yummy, chocolatey goodness awaits below that crunchy shell.
All I can say is have some vanilla ice cream on hand because it’s the perfect accompaniment. The cobbler is rich and decadent but not too sweet. Ice cream, whipped cream or a tall glass of milk balances out the richness just fine. Mighty fine indeed.
Just so you know, while I don’t normally cook gluten-free, I did try a gluten-free version just by substituting Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour for the same amount of flour called for in this recipe. It turned out delightful. I took it to a get-together and it was gobbled up by kids and adults alike.
A big thanks to Susan for sharing her granny’s recipe with us all. It’s a keeper for sure!
This cobbler brings back childhood memories of summer time at my granny’s house. She would make this decadent dessert to go with the homemade vanilla ice cream. I don’t know of anything that melts ice cream better.
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoons Salt
- 7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
- 1-¼ cup Sugar, Divided
- ½ cups Milk
- ⅓ cups Melted Butter
- 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1-½ cup Hot Tap Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.
Let stand for a few minutes if you can hold yourself back. Serve with homemade ice cream using the gooey sauce to spoon over all.
Amy Johnson is a blogger who writes about food, travel, the home (both inside and out), and various observations and random musings about anything and everything. Visit her blog She Wears Many Hats for a dose of deliciousness, practicality, hilarity, or just plain fun. She and her husband have two children, and in his eyes, everything she does is perfect. We kinda think so too.
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penelopephoebe on 8.27.2010
This looks totally fabulous….I must try it!!
srithasan on 8.25.2010
Step by step preparation is good.Totally It became a Nice Chocolate Ice Cream.
A Web Developer on 8.24.2010
You should avoid using so many images in your next post. This page loads like crap. I’m on a broadband internet connection and I actually had to open this page and let it load in the background for 4 minutes.
You should read up on CDNs (content delivery networks) and how they work.
Reeza on 8.18.2010
Two words – chocolatey goodness. Wow. That is a definite make again… and again… and again…
Ms Mary Mackmackmack on 8.8.2010
Great job, Amy! :DD
Kathryn on 8.6.2010
That cobbler looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest here!
sir jorge on 8.2.2010
a chocolate cobbler! yes!
Shary on 7.29.2010
A few weekends ago I stumbled onto this. I ended up making 4 in one day for a neighbor get together, gave the recipe to 3 women and they all went home and made one that weekend! Huge hit, so easy and unbelievably delicious! Thanks so much.
Christina on 7.28.2010
I can’t even describe how delicious that looks. Wow.
Border Collie Mom on 7.26.2010
I. LOVE. YOU.
One of my high school friends used to make this… she called it chocolate pudding cake… and I never got the recipe. I love this as much for the memories it brings (Kathy passed away a few years ago) as for the chocolatey goodness..
Megan D on 6.11.2010
I made this last and it was devoured en masse by my children. I made it vegan and gluten free which was quite easy!
I happened to have Bob’s AP GF Flour on hand so I used that with the addition of 1 tsp xanthan gum. I used oil in place of melted butter because the vegan and soy free version of butter we buy is too expensive to melt!
It was insanely good and just like the chocolate cobbler my grandmother used to make.
René Davis on 6.10.2010
LOVED IT!!! I made it last weekend for large family get together. Everyone left with a copy of the recipe!! YUMMY!!
Jessie on 6.7.2010
I like the recipe and would love to make it but you do not say how much of the ingredients you need. could you fix that?
Figgernaggot on 6.6.2010
Kent on 6.2.2010
Wow. That looks so good. I will try that this weekend for sure.
Heidi on 6.2.2010
I made this the other day and was not impressed. It was good, but I thought it would be ‘blow your socks off, good’ and it was ‘meh–it’s ok.’ Pretty disappointed with this one
Dora on 6.2.2010
Cann’t help having a test“`
ashley on 5.31.2010
Oh my god that looks soooo good! If you love chocolate like I do you have to try 360 Vodka’s Double Chocolate – Best chocolate martini ever! http://www.facebook.com/360Vodka#!/video/video.php?v=466500175144
renee on 5.31.2010
I have made this twice this week since seeing the recipe online and it is delicious! i put some vanilla ice cream on top. I am obsessed with this stuff and so are my friends and family now. lol
cristina on 5.31.2010
it was DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting it. My kids renamed it chocolate volcano cake! So that’s what we will adopt at as. YUM!
Scareah on 5.29.2010
Amazing . The best chocolate dessert I have made so far. It went down a treat compliments all round. Thanks for the recipe!!
Sush on 5.29.2010
Its yummy… I like to have it…
curlylox on 5.29.2010
Hubs has been asking for a cobbler, then I found this! Made it last night and I thought he was going to make himself sick! He wouldn’t stop eating it! He said it is definitely his favorite desert from now on. It is very delicious, and we did top it off with vanilla ice cream as well. Thanks!!!!
Richard on 5.29.2010
My grandmother never made anything so great looking!
Jules @ Everyday Mommy on 5.27.2010
The dry topping & hot water poured over reminds me of my Aunt Helen’s peach cobbler which is the finest fruit cobbler recipe I’ve ever tried. Will make this recipe this weekend.
Jess Palmer on 5.26.2010
My mum makes that!! It is pretty much my favourite pudding in the whole world, especially as I am allergic to eggs and so can’t eat cake or brownie or fancy chocolate fondants or mousse or yeah you get the picture.
I stumbled across this from Cambridge UK and was surprised to find that the recipe of what I know as upside down chocolate pudding- a recipe my mum got from one of her friends about 10 years ago.
LemonLover on 5.25.2010
Woah mama! Look at that sweet recipe! If this works… I will be in heaven. SUB vanilla with baileys, kaluha or whatever.
Amy @ Living Locurto on 5.24.2010
Can’t wait to try this!! I’m drooling!
Russ Wilcox on 5.21.2010
Best photo descriptive recipe I have ever seen on the net. You should be the poster boy for all other self help/do it yourself websites as to how to properly convey the information to your audience!
Lindsay on 5.20.2010
did i just miss it, or were there no measurements for the ingredients? it looks absolutely amazing, but i have a tendency to mess things up without amounts… lol
Nathalie on 5.19.2010
Delicious! and so simple, which is the only way I can bake.
Becky on 5.19.2010
My favorite thing about this recipe was that I could make it with just the things I already had in my pantry. No running to the store for any special ingredients.
And it was yummy!
JenC on 5.18.2010
This is my grandma’s recipe, too! We call it Chocolate Pudding Cake and it is my favorite dessert ever.
Laura on 5.18.2010
I had high hopes for this dessert. It LOOKS delicious but I guess looks can be deceiving. I love anything chocolate but this was not chocolatey enough and it wasn’t too sweet. I actually threw out the dessert after my husband and I sampling it. I love the recipes on this site and I can’t wait to try some others!
janis on 5.17.2010
Warning: I made this decadent dessert yesterday morning. By 10:00 am it was gone. My husband elbowed my poor 11 year old daughter out of the way as she tried to get a nibble and he was devouring the chocolatey gooey delight into his mouth as fast as he could. Honestly, I didn’t even get a bite. Obviously, they want me to make it again soon.
Usmcwife689 on 5.17.2010
I made this today. One of my daughters was home sick and I thought it would cheer her up. It was amazing, for two reasons. It is easy enough for my girls to help with, and it’s chocolate!!
Donna Edwards on 5.17.2010
I made this Saturday night with home made vanilla ice cream. It was outstanding! Thanks for the great recipe!
Laura Beadle on 5.17.2010
I tried this over the weekend. Simply AMAZING!!!
Jen P on 5.17.2010
OH MY GOODNESS!! This looks amazing!! I have some vanilla ice cream waiting for this this weekend!! We’ll celebrate my daughter’s kindergarten graduation! (again) OH MY GOODNESS!!!
wuane whicks on 5.17.2010
if i were a teenager, this dish could surely contribute to a few blemishis…yu…..mi….
Reagan McNeil on 5.16.2010
Just made this for our church small group…I give it an A+. So easy and soo yummy!
Tracie on 5.16.2010
Just read the recipe this morning and now my cobbler just came out the oven. Can’t wait to dive in
Sue in Dallas on 5.16.2010
Saw this on PW just in time to make it for my son’s graduation party. MAJOR MAJOR hit!! Thank you!
lizstable on 5.16.2010
So good! What a great, simple recipe!
penny on 5.16.2010
yum, hate to tell you all in here in Little ole New Zealand that dessert is a staple, except we call it Chocolate Self Saucing pudding and its one of the first recipes that most kids learn to cook and would be one the menu in most family homes…..it even works on the large large scale….roasting pan size for abig family is perfect!!
Whitney on 5.16.2010
This was wonderful. I have a friend who can eat eggs. So I am always looking for great desserts that don’t use eggs. He was in heaven that he could eat it!
Sara on 5.15.2010
you don’t say how much flour? etc.
Leah on 5.15.2010
I made this last night and it was AWESOME!!!!!! The best part was how super easy it was!
Linda on 5.15.2010
Warm chocolate cake without frosting is my favorite dessert. This may beat that. Oh my!
linda on 5.15.2010
ohh my… going to have to make this tonight or tomorrow… company both nights… maybe make it both nights!!!
Now Shari…. tell me more about the lemon version ( i love lemon as much as i love chocolate!)