If one lives anywhere but on the West coast they may not have heard of Claim Jumper Restaurants. I want to say that I have never eaten at Claim Jumpers nor have I been compensated for this review. Claim Jumpers is famous for large servings and unabashed, decadent food. I have only heard stories about the portion sizes, but a quick menu check online exposed a tuna salad sandwich in excess of 1,700 calories, and the Ore Cart, a mixed barbecue plate that tops 2,700 calories per serving! In fairness to Claim Jumpers, there were menu items in a more appropriate calorie range.
Just before Thanksgiving, when I realized Michael and I would be eating alone, I knew that I could cheat on making dessert. I picked up a frozen Claim Jumper Apple Crumb Cobbler at the supermarket planning to throw it in the oven, add some vanilla ice cream and call it a day. Well, that was before the Great Thanksgiving Day Flood in my kitchen in which I had to remove all the drawers and their contents and wash them by hand, along with the full load of dishes in the dishwasher. Oh, and all the dishes and pots and pans from cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty, but the day before Thanksgiving, “Miguel” swapped out the small stainless steel sink in the kitchen for a lovely big stainless steel sink and new faucet. As I was helping “Miguel” lower the new sink into place, I noticed a large flexible black pipe that was twisted and obstructed. I brought this to “Miguel’s” attention only to be reassured that this was just the air vent for the garbage disposal, and it would be acceptable. Twenty-four hours later, the grey water from the first load of dishes from the dishwasher drained out that kinked pipe, through the air vent and into my cabinets, drawers and all over my vintage wood floor. Two loads of beach towels later, we cleaned the water up, except for the stuff that oozed out from under the cabinets for a few hours. By this time “Miguel” had retreated upstairs while I slammed doors and washed dishes for two hours. Thanksgiving dinner was excellent, but that dessert never made it to the oven.
Tonight Michael and I shared a sandwich for dinner, so I decided a light meal should be followed by dessert. I remembered the apple cobbler that did not get served because of the Great Thanksgiving Day Flood and I pulled it out of the freezer.
I followed the directions to the letter and it smelled and looked delicious. I always like to take a picture of the real food to compare to the picture on the box. This was pretty close except they played with the hue and bumped up the saturation.
I let the Cobbler cool for a few minutes then plopped on some ice cream and took it to “Miguel” for testing. He said, “It’s sweet. It is good.”
I fixed myself a plate of Claim Jumper’s Apple Crumb Cobbler, and while it was good, it was just too sweet for me. The crumb topping was grainy with sugar, and the sweetness took away from the delicious apples and super flaky crust. I would serve this again, but maybe use one-fourth of the crumb topping or leave it off altogether. The topping is in a separate bag so it could be omitted. I guess I will have to do what I usually do and see how this fares cold for breakfast. That is the true test of apple desserts for me.