May 27, 2010

Strawberry Dump

Yes, not the most appetizing name, I realize.  However, it tastes so yummy!

Here is all the ingredients you need (plus berries).

First, macerate a couple pints of hulled and halved strawberries in about a cup of sugar.  I like to macerate things, because it sounds difficult and chef-like.  It means "let it sit in some sugar".  Don't tell anyone.
Cherry (any soft fruit) Dump

1 can of sour cherries (when in season use 2 cups of macerated berries)
1/2 c. sugar (already used this while macerating)
1c. plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c sugar
3 T. melted butter
1/2 c sweet milk

Let fruit and sugar stand while mixing other ingredients (us up to 1 c. sugar if fruit needs it). Mix dry ingredients together; add milk and melted butter. Pour into greased 8" or 9" square pan. Put the fruit-sugar mixture on top and bake at 350* for 1 hour.

While that was baking I made so homemade whipped cream.  This was super hard.
Just kidding- whipping cream, a splash of vanilla (quick note- NEVER use imitation vanilla- it's disgusting, so splurge and buy the real thing, please), and a scant tablespoon of sugar.  Beat it.  Done.

I served it with reserved strawberries in sugar drizzled on top and whipped cream on top.. so yummy.

I was taking this to a dinner party, so it had to cook in the oven there.  I got so busy talking, that there was no picture taking, but believe me, there was nothing left.  Hubs was disappointed, and tried to get me to run our hosts' kitchen, scoop our dish and dash home so he could have some for breakfast.  People were still eating!  He, alas, did not take his opportunity to eat when it was available. 

He was also very disappointed that he missed me making the whipped cream- I have a feeling he was imagining a more Serena Van Der Woodson moment, opposed to me standing over the blender in my curlers an apron.  I am one sexy lady!

Here is my grandmother Faye's comment from her well-worn cookbook..."this is a good family dessert or add a little whipped cream and it becomes a company dessert"


  1. Delicious! The name made me giggle. Macerating is very fancy.

  2. Yummm! So glad strawberry season is here. Will have to make that cake at some point.

  3. That's funny, my mom always makes dump cake (usually blueberry because i don't really care for cherries). But she makes it a little differently. She mixes blueberries (or any other berries), a can of crushed pineapple in a pyrex dish. Then she just adds a box of yellow cake mix on top and drizzles butter on top and then bakes it in the oven on 375, not sure how long but just until the top is golden brown. Its delicious! Its just a quick, easy, and yummy dessert we have sometimes :) I'm sure your recipe is even better since its more "from scratch" than ours.

    Glad to hear someone else that likes dump cake though :)

  4. I make a cobbler like this with the fruit on top and love it with blackberries. Yum-O!

  5. You may have just handed me the perfect thing to bring to my friend's lakehouse this weekend where we will be enjoying the Memorial Day weather! Woo hoo! It's even patriotic looking!

  6. Love this easy recipe. I will have to definately try this one. Thanks :)


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