By Kevin Williams
This recipe will make you reconsider admonishing someone to "stop mumbling." Not sure, in fact, why these beauties are called mumbles, but this is a delicious dessert. I'll be honest, I had to improvise because I broken cardinal rule #1 of baking: make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time. Well, I skimmed and I had everything, except for the last ingredient listed: quick oats. Since I was already through a lot of the recipe before I realized I was "oat-less", I decided to improvise. Desperation and a pantry that was almost empty called for creativity. I found some peanut butter puff cereal (oats were on the ingredient list, does that count?) and crushed into crumbs, fine, fine crumbs and used those instead. I also threw in some chocolate chips just for taste but I don't know that those really added much. The cereal crust combined with the raisin filling turned out really well. I like oats so I think I'd go with the oats, but if you don' have oats, crushed cereal does work and this recipe is worth the work. Mmmmm, and long-timers here know that raisins are not my favorite, but in this recipe the raisins (just like in Amish raisin pie) sort of fall into this congealed filling that works very well. So if you are looking for a different sort of dessert to take to a picnic or just something quick and easy to whip up, this recipe is a winner!
Now, here is the recipe for this delicious dessert! Again, very classic Amish: short, simple, made from ingredients you can easily forage from your pantry.
- 2 1 /2 cups raisins
- 1 /2 cups white sugar
- 3/ 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 /4 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 3 /4 cups flour
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 /2 teaspoon soda
- 1 1 /2 cup quick oats (or crushed cereal can be used)
- 1 /2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Mix crumbs and press into greased cake pan.
- Add filling, then gently pat on remaining crumbs.
- Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
Related recipes: Amish Iced Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Amish Raisin Bread, Raisin-Filled Cookies, Amish Raisin Pie, and Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding.