24 April 2011

Easter; Resurrection Cobbler

Piero della Francesca, c1463


He is risen, indeed!

Alleluia!  Alleluia!

A blessed Easter to all!

Weather:  Rain on Easter either means a good harvest, or very little hay.

A warm Christmas, a cold Easter
A green Christmas, a white Easter
Christmas in snow, Easter in wind
[Doesn't look like Easter has a chance of being warm and sunny!] 

If there is enough rain on Easter Sunday to wet a pocket handkerchief, there will be a good crop year.

If it rains on Easter Sunday, it will rain on seven Sundays in succession.

If the wind blows a certain way on Easter Sunday, it will blow that way for six weeks.

If the sun shines on Easter, it will shine on Whit-Sunday [Pentecost, 50 days after Easter]

When there is an early Easter, there is an early Spring.  When there is a late Easter, there is a late Spring.

The sun is said to dance as it rises today, but you have to get up early to see it.

Climb to the highest point of land near you [in the Smallest State, that's not very high] and watch the sun rise on Easter morning to ensure that your undertakings for the year will prosper.

To be beautiful all year long, rise at dawn, sneak out of the house, and - without uttering a single word - go down to the nearest river and bathe in the water.  No river nearby?  Then use the dew of Easter morning to bathe your face.

It was once a tradition to give presents of gloves today, as found in the old nursery rhyme:

Roses are red, violets are blue
Sugar is sweet, and so are you.
These are the words you bade me to say
For a pair of new gloves on Easter day.

[Gloves were customarily given as gifts on important occasions such as weddings and funerals, and were considered suitable presents between lovers.]

Unless you wear something new on Easter Sunday, you will be unlucky throughout the year.

It is unlucky to lie in bed late on Easter morning.

An easy dessert (although not as easy as chocolate eggs and bunnies) is RESURRECTION COBBLER (the crust rises to the top from below the fruit).

Heat oven to 350° F.
You will need about 2 cups of fruit, either fresh or canned: peaches are always good, as are apples, plums, cherries, any of the berries - straw-, rasp-, blue-, black-.  If using canned fruit, drain the fruit.

The amount of the second cup of sugar will depend on whether you are using fresh or canned fruit.  With fresh fruit, use the entire 1 cup; with canned fruit, reduce the sugar to between 1/2 and 3/4 of a cup.

Melt a stick of butter (1/2 cup) in a 10-inch baking dish [easiest done in the microwave, or in your oven as it preheats].

In a bowl, mix together 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.  Stir in 1/2 cup of milk and mix thoroughly.  Spoon the mixture over the melted butter [the mixture is rather dense.  When I spoon it over the butter, it falls in, creating little islands of mixture.  Oh well, it doesn't seem to hurt anything]. Set aside.

In a saucepan, heat the 2 cups of fruit with 1 cup of sugar [less if using canned fruit].  Pour this over the dough.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until crust (which will rise to the top) is golden brown.  Good warm or cold.