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Chocolate Cobbler from New Theatre rich, decadent, wonderful

New Theatre’s Chocolate Cobber is a delicious, decadent treat.
New Theatre’s Chocolate Cobber is a delicious, decadent treat. Special to The Star

If you know me then you know my favorite part of the meal is dessert. Yes I’m talking chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies, cannolis and pies. Seriously, just addicted to sweets. Yes, I am!

A few weeks ago my mother was celebrating her birthday and I asked her what she would like to do and for the first time ever, she said “I would like to go to the New Theatre Restaurant and see “Beau Jest.” I’ve never been to that place.”

Wow easy request and I replied, “It’s a date, Mama.”

And so, I made reservations for the Tuesday evening show for the family and the fate was set. Little did they know, in the back of my mind I was thinking chocolate cobbler.

Not any chocolate cobbler but the chocolate cobbler from The New Theatre Restaurant. The NTR signature dessert, a warm and wonderful, ultra-moist chocolate cake topped with vanilla ice cream, crunchy toffee and freshly toasted almonds.

We attended the theater and had a wonderful birthday celebration with my mother. My cousin Rosemary is evening hostess and we had a great table but also a birthday card signed by the cast for my mama, balloons and a complimentary dessert.

When it was time to order dessert, there was no doubt in my mind what we all would be enjoying. I took it upon myself to order for the table and when my other cousin, Marilee, saw the chocolate cobbler being served she said, “Oh that’s a chocolate brownie.”

I looked at her and I said, “How dare you, lady? Don’t ever call that a brownie. That is a chocolate cobbler. A chocolate cobbler at its best. As a matter fact if I was going to be a cobbler, I’d be a chocolate cobbler at the New Theatre Reataurant. End of conversation.” Not a word was spoken perhaps because everyone was indulging in their chocolate cobbler or because the second act was starting. I think it was the cobbler.

If you have not experienced this dessert, I suggest you indulge immediately. Oh yes, the performance and actors in “Beau Jest” were just over-the-top, outstanding. Such a great show, entertaining and funny, but that cobbler. Oh that cobbler.

Now NTR Chef Scotty knows his desserts and when I see a good one, I’m going to brag about it!

Simple and delicious it may be, but really over the top.

Here is the recipe direct from Chef Scotty for you to enjoy.

New Theatre Restaurant Chocolate Cobbler

Cobbler Batter

8 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

4 cups sugar, granulated

1 cup flour

1 cup cocoa powder

1  1/2 pounds margarine, melted

Combine all ingredients except the margarine in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer

Slowly add the melted margarine as it continues to mix

When all is incorporated, allow the batter to mix 10 more minutes on a medium speed

Refrigerate this mixture overnight

Spray 12 soufflé dishes (large ramekins) with pan coating spray

Divide the batter evenly into the soufflés (between one-third and one-half up each cup)

Using an ice cream scoop works best for getting batter into cups

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 40 minutes


12 scoops vanilla ice cream

 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

 1/2 cup toffee candy

Toast the almonds lightly in the oven at 350 degrees, allow to cool

Mix with the toffee

Cobblers are best right out of the oven

Top with scoop of ice cream and then the toffee/almond mixture

Chef Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. of Jasper’s runs his family’s 62-year-old restaurant with his brother. Mirabile is a culinary instructor, founding member of Slow Food Kansas City and a national board member of the American Institute of Wine and Food. He is host to many famous chefs on his weekly radio show “Live! From Jasper’s Kitchen” on KCMO 710 AM and 103.7 FM. He also sells dressings and sauces.