One of the best things - and I mean that in all sincerity - one of the best things about being a lazy man and a lazy baker is that you can find all sorts of shortcuts to do all sorts of neat things, and not even feel guilty about it. Really. The world runs on lazy. The best inventions the world has seen - microwave ovens, televisions, sliced bread - are all so people can be even lazier.
So, fitting the mold perfectly, I have found the ultimately lazy way to bake a blueberry cobbler in a cast iron dutch oven using only four ingredients.
Yes, four. And one of them is not what you think. And the end result is pretty tasty!
- 4 cups of blueberries.
- A cake mix. White or yellow works.
- Some butter. Not margarine, you heathens. Butter.
- One can of Sprite.
First, preheat the oven to 375F/190C. If you are using a campfire, get about 20 charcoal bricks.
Measure out four cups of blueberries. Eat any in excess of that. Seriously. They're tasty, and healthy.
Pour the blueberries into the cast iron dutch oven.
Seriously, doesn't that already look good, just like that? I like to put a little more than four cups in, because I usually end up snacking on them.
And cooking in cast iron is awesome. Not only are you able to use a cast iron anything to defend yourself with in the event of the zombie apocalypse, but a properly cured cast iron pot, pan, oven, is super easy to clean.
Next, mix the cake mix with the can of Sprite. Yes, I kid you not. Pour the cake mix into a bowl, pour the Sprite over it, and mix it gently. Fold it. Do not overmix it. Make it fluffy. The carbonation will help.
I like using Betty Crocker's Super Moist mixes.
This is what the cake mix should look like.
Pour the cake mix over the blueberries. Mmmmm.
Now, slice up some butter chunks and place them strategically over the mix. It will melt into the mix and make it oh-so-nummy. It's almost impossible to use too much butter. I use close to an entire stick.
To bake it, put the top back on the dutch oven and place it into the kitchen oven for 45 minutes. If you're baking over a campfire, put the top on upside down and place 10 of the super-hot charcoals on top, then place the dutch oven on another 10 super-hot charcoals and bake that bad boy that way.
After 45 minutes the nummy goodness will be ready. The middle may still be moist and gooey, but I personally like it that way. Scoop it and serve it with some vanilla ice cream and indulge in some lazy tastiness.
Then have someone else clean it up.
Next time I do this I'm going to slice up 4 cups of strawberries and try the same trick with a chocolate cake. I'm already drooling.
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