Gluten Free Living – 2015
Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler is awesome. This recipe started off my love for Dump Cakes way back in 1978, although that one didn’t use a gluten free cake mix. Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Compote uses apple, peach and pineapple pie fillings along with a can of pears, coconut and pecans. Gluten free cake mix drizzled with butter over the top rounds out the remaining ingredients. The outcome? Breathtaking, spectacular, delectable!
Shortly after John and I married, we began attending a small Baptist church in Missouri. While both of us had grown up in church we had drifted away after high school. We moved away from Florida and attended a musical in a small church that was put on for the community.
That musical, “Priority,” revolutionized our lives. We realized Jesus Christ was not a priority for us. We were completely self-absorbed and without a clue. As a result, we started attending that little country church, repented of our sins, and eventually became members. The community there was SO friendly. Several of the folks at the church had invited us to attend a Labor Day potluck picnic at a local park. I remember bringing a batch of Down Home Potato Salad which was a big hit with everyone, but a bigger hit was a dump cake with these ingredients. I loved apples, peaches and pears together.
Apparently so did everyone else, because when I went back for seconds, every speck of the cake/cobbler had been cleaned out! A few years later I had another dump cake with cherries where I actually collected the recipe. That early version actually used canned cherries, but through the years I changed that to the easier cherry pie filling. As I got braver in my cooking skills I started making this recipe with all kinds of combinations.
Finally, when I had an opportunity to make a meal for a friend with Celiac Disease a couple of weeks ago (her son had leg surgery), I thought this recipe might be one of the easiest gluten free recipes I could make. Almost all pie fillings use cornstarch as a thickening agent these days, and gluten free products get easier and easier to find in grocery stores.
I harkened back to the days when I first tasted this recipe for Labor Day 1978 and decided I should make this recipe for posterity. Debra and her family loved the dessert, along with the salad, homemade salad dressing and main dish I brought them. Seriously, if you didn’t know you were eating gluten free, you would not be able to tell a difference. Plus, since this is filled with four kinds of fruit: pineapple, apples, peaches and pears, it is one of the fruitier versions of dump cake you’ll ever eat.
If you need a quick and easy dessert–whether you use a gluten free cake mix or not–Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler is scrumptious. Give it a try during this holiday season especially if you have relatives or friends who are gluten intolerant.
Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler is a fabulous gluten free dessert your family will love!
Every bite of Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler will have you drooling.
Serve plain or with ice cream, if desired.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients.
Grease a 9×13″ glass baking dish. Spread pineapple pie filling on bottom of dish. Top with apple pie filling and then peach pie filling. Drain and chop canned pears into bite-sized pieces. Spread pears over top.
Sprinkle coconut over top of pears. Top with finely diced pecans. (Walnuts or almonds will also work).
Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top of the nuts. Then drizzle melted butter over top of the cake mix as evenly as possible. There is more cake mix than is needed for this recipe. I removed a cup for another use otherwise the recipe would have been too crusty.
Bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes or until lightly browned on top and pie filling bubbles up to the surface.
The combination of flavors in this dump cake is amazing.
If you love apples, peaches, pears and pineapple, you’ll love this dessert!
Here’s the recipe.
GLUTEN FREE APPLE, PEACH AND PEAR DUMP CAKE COBBLER
(My own concoction)
- 22-oz. [url href=”http://www.kingarthurflour.com/flours/” target=”_blank”]King Arthur[/url] gluten free cake mix (reserve about 1 cup for later use)
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 can Apple pie filling
- 1 can [url href=”http://www.luckyleaf.com/Products/#fruit-filling” target=”_blank”]Lucky Leaf[/url] Peach Pie filling
- 1 can [url href=”http://www.luckyleaf.com/Products/#fruit-filling” target=”_blank”]Lucky Leaf[/url] Pineapple Pie filling
- 1 29-oz. can pear halves, dicing the pears and draining the juice
- 1 cup coconut
- ½ cup finely chopped pecans
- Combine pie fillings and fruit and layer in the bottom of a 9×13” glass baking dish that’s been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle coconut over top, then nuts.
- Measure out about a cup of the cake mix and use it for later.
- Sprinkle remaining cake mix over top of the pecan layer.
- Melt butter and pour over top trying to cover the surface evenly.
- Bake at 350° for about 45-60 minutes or until lightly browned on top and fruit mixture is bubbling up around the sides.
- Serve hot with ice cream, if desired.
I like to bake dump cakes until the pie filling bubbles to the surface.
Gluten Free Apple, Peach and Pear Dump Cake Cobbler is quick, easy and delicious!