After my freshman year at college (Fire Up Chips), I returned home to live with my parents in my childhood home for one last summer. I had a TV in my room, but no cable and very poor antenna reception. This was the mid-nineties and antennas on TVs were still a thing. I could, occasionally, get a very grainy Night Court rerun on late night TV, but not much else. So, I did what any enterprising young college girl would do and pulled out the VCR from our dorm room. Once that was hooked up, I could lay in bed and watch whatever I wanted. And, most nights, what I wanted was Steel Magnolias. Oh, I took the occasional night off to watch Fried Green Tomatoes, but Steel Magnolias happened most often.
Why Steel Magnolias? Ummm, why not? But seriously, I wanted to move into that world. I wanted to hang out and gossip at Truvy’s. I wanted to go to the Christmas Festival and get a big scoop of low country boil with a glass of iced tea (unsweetened because I’m a yankee and cannot stomach sweet tea. Sorry if that’s a deal breaker for anyone.) Even with all of the drama that happened through the course of the movie, it felt like a simple life. Friends, family, community. What more do you really need?
In one of the interludes at Truvy’s, Truvy (Dolly Parton) gets asked about a recipe by Clairee (portrayed by the incomparable Olympia Dukakis.)
“Oh, that’s simple. You don’t need to write that down. That’s a cup of flour, a cup of sugar, a cup of fruit cocktail (with the juice) and you mix and bake at three hundred and fifty until a golden bubbly.”
“Sounds awfully rich.”
“It is. So I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.”
And there’s the whole recipe. Couldn’t be simpler. I don’t have ice cream, but a dollop of whipped cream cut the sweetness just as well. I ended up baking it for 35 minutes in a shallow stone baker to achieve “golden bubbly.”
Reactions to this recipe were pretty postive. H-man (age 5) said it was, “good.” J-man (age 10) was more detailed with his description calling it, “really yummy.” D-man (age 43) liked the “density and the crunchiness.” I would call it a lazy fruit cobbler. Three ingredients and virtually no prep time make it a super easy dessert. While it lacks the depth of flavor that vanilla or cinnamon would give it, it’s still pretty decent. Substitute different canned fruits to change it up a bit.
Next time you sit down to relive Steel Magnolias, whip up some Cuppa, Cuppa, Cuppa and enjoy!
*Disclaimer-I claim no ownership to media mentioned in this post. Steel Magnolias, Night Court and all related items belong to their respective studios/entities. Commentary is my own.*