Mississippi Momma’s Famous Chocolate Cobbler (Laps in Seven)
Some time back Smitty from Mississippi sent a chocolate cobbler recipe. One of my readers, Ms. Cindy, couldn’t find it and asked that I re-post it. It was a hit with her Sunday School class (and also Ranger Dog; see below) so I got Smitty to send it to me again. I call it ‘Mississppi Momma’s Chocolate Cobbler,’ but in the interest of full disclosure she got it from the piano player at church. Smitty not only sent it, but remembered he posted it in the comments around July 4th, and found it in my archives.
Here it is. Oh and after the recipe; the rest of the story.
2 sticks of margarine placed in the pan the cobbler is going to be made in, melt the margarine in the oven
Mix all of this stuff in a bowl
1 1/2 cups of self rising flour( got to be Martha White ain’t it?)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3/4 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix all this good and pour into the pan with the margarine
Next Bowl of real good stuff
1 cup of sugar
5 tablespoons of cocoa( now we are talking)
sprinkle over the flour mixture you have in the margarine pan
Then 1 1/2 cups of water over the whole thing
Time to bake, I love this
350 degrees for 30 minutes
or if you have a hot oven, according to Momma, 325 for 35 minutes, that’s what makes her momma.
Now for the rest of the story: Keep in mind this is a physician bluegrass fiction blog. The above is a real recipe. And even though the following is fiction, it is a true story.
Last year Ms. Cindy had some folks over to dinner and served up the cobbler for dessert. All the guests loved it. After everyone left, Ranger Dog leaped up on the counter, snatched the bowl in his jaws, and took off to the rec room to watch Rin Tin Tin re-runs. He was getting ready to do his best imitation of ‘Laps in Seven.’ Now that is a bluegrass dog, ’cause as all my friends know Sam Bush was inspired to write the number when he heard his dog lapping up water in perfect time. (Was it 7/8?)
Well, Ms. Cindy took the bowl away from him right away even though there was only a little bit of chocolate left. (The guests had all but licked the bowl clean themselves.) She called the vet to be sure, and they confirmed that not only is chocolate bad for dogs, but once they get a hold of it, they tend to crave more.
The vet’s office was so impressed with Ms. Cindy’s concern for her dog they hired her! Everyone came out good except Ranger Dog is still trying to figure out how to get into that chocolate, but Ms. Cindy’s quick action saved his life.
Anyway, y’all try the chocolate cobbler. I had some when I was in Mississippi and it was excellent, so I can recommend it from experience. Just keep it away from the family dog; they’ll snarf it up if you aren’t careful.