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Apple Cobbler

October 23, 2009

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If you have never made a cobbler you definitely should. Cobbler is amongst the easiest dessert I have ever made from scratch and I make it often for that reason. It is delicious and is also great for breakfast. My recipe is more like a crisp, or so I am told, but my father always called it cobbler and I like saying the word “cobbler.” For this recipe you will need a baking dish, apples, sugar, cinnamon, butter and flour. THAT’S IT! I have created a secure recipe that involves a 9×9 baking dish. As with all my recipes, the measurements are only suggestions . if you want more or less of something in yours, follow your heart. This recipe can be easily modified to fit any sized dish once you are comfortable. I used:

– one 9”x9” baking dish
– enough apples to fill the dish (8-10)
– 2/3 cup sugar
– a few dashes of cinnamon
– 2 tablespoons butter (softened to room temperature.)
– half cup of flour

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
PhotobucketPeel the apples with a peeler or small knife. I like the taste of the peels so I usually only peel half of the apples. cut the apples into quarters and remove all seeds and stems, then cut again into eights. Fill your baking dish until it is more than full. The apples will shrink once cooked. Add the apples to a large pot with 1/3 cup of sugar and a few dashes of cinnamon. Cook on medium low heat for 15-20 minutes until soft. If the pan is dry at first you can add two tablespoons of water, but don’t add too much because the cooked apples will give off a lot of juice. Different types of apples will cook differently. Some remain firm during cooking and some become very mushy, but both styles will taste good. Don’t worry if they seem over or undercooked, cobbler is about relaxing and enjoying.

While the apples cook you can prep the crust. Add the softened butter to a bowl then add the other 1/3 cup of sugar to the butter. Mix the sugar and butter until they form a mound. Add your half cup of flour and mix by hand until crumbly. The crust should take shape if you squeeze it in your fist, but should crumble with a gentle touch. If it is too wet you can add a little more flour and if it is too dry you can add a bit more butter.

PhotobucketOnce the apples cook let them rest for five to ten minutes then add to the baking dish. They will probably still have a fair amount of liquid in them, but they will set up in the oven. Sprinkle your “crumble” crust over the top and slide the cobbler into the oven. Let it bake for 20 to 30 minutes. The cobbler is done when the crust turns a dark golden brown and the apples are bubbling up around the sides. If the apples are bubbling, but the crust is not golden you can slide the cobbler under the broiler for 30 seconds. Be careful because the broiler gets very hot very fast and can easily burn your crust. Let the cobbler sit at least one hour. It will be fine if you let it rest all day and even overnight. Don’t bother refrigerating it unless it is going to be around for a few days. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. That’s It!

Notes:
– the topping of flour butter and sugar is a great base and can be adjusted with many different ingredients. Try adding raw oats or crushed nuts for a little extra bite.
– In different seasons you can use whatever fruits are fresh and readily available. Popular alternatives are strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, plums, peaches, rhubarb, pears, quince… The list could go on and on. use what is available.
– A little sugar is all you need. It is possible to add other fall seasonings like allspice, cloves or nutmeg to your apples in addition to the cinnamon if you want to try something different, but having tried all of these I think that the simplicity of the cinnamon and sugar always makes the apple shine the best. The same goes with other cobblers. I have found that things like fresh berries and peaches often need very little sugar and no seasoning at all whereas the more tart things like plums and rhubarb need extra sugar to balance them out.

prep apples
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Sugar
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Cinnamon
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simmer
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For Topping add:
Butter
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Sugar
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Flour
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holds together when pressed
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crumbles easliy
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Check apples
Ready when they are soft and juicy
If your apples apper mushy, don’t worry. it’s not you it’s the apple. just keep going.
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Add to baking dish
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Add topping
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bake 20-30 minutes
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Done when golden brown. let rest at least one hour.
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Goes great with ice cream!
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2012 10:06 pm

    Great Apple Cobbler recipe with simple ingredients, Thanks for sharing

  2. May 1, 2013 4:47 pm

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