First, a warning. The 'shift' key on my keyboard is dying. This is gonna take a while, because I don't want to type in all caps. If you see a lot of non-capitalization typos, please bear with me. Thanks!
It has been, and still is, a busy week. Today we had book club, and tomorrow is quilt group, and I needed something to serve/take for each event.
I haven't had 'dump cake' (which is really more like a fruit cobbler) since my brother was in Boy Scouts. They used to make it in a dutch oven over the camp fire, and it was so good. My blogging bud Gill was talking about dump cake on her blog and it sounded like a good idea. Then, my twin-by-choice J reminded me about the zucchini pineapple, and I knew just what to do.
Instead of making it in a standard 13x9 pan, I made it in a small pan (book club) and a medium pan (quilt group).
Here are the ingredients: a cake mix, cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, a stick of butter and pecans.
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Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Cut the butter into bits.
Take the lids of the jars of fruit and...
..pour the cherries into the pans. Decide, 'That's not enough cherries!'.
Run downstairs, get another jar of cherry pie filling and pour it in too.
Next add the 'pineapple', juice and all.
Cover the fruit with an even layer of cake mix powder.
Sprinkle with bits of butter.
Break up the pecans a little and sprinkle them over the top.
Put the pans in the 350 degree oven for about an hour. Note that there is no mixing bowl, no measuring spoons - stop and do a happy dance - and put the canning jars in the dishwasher. Get ready for book club by tidying the house, making coffee, etc.
Gracious me, that was easier than going to the store to buy something, and since the cherries and pineapple (it really does taste like pineapple, pinky swear!) are home-canned, the butter was free with coupons and the cake mix was .49 on sale, this hardly cost anything at all.
Best of all, I have an item to take to quilt group tomorrow, and my family isn't going to spend the weekend trying to avoid snarfing down all the dump cake. If you try it, we hope you like it.