We’re enjoying cooler weather here in the southeast, so I’m eager to take the pugs outside and let them play in the crisp air – but first! First I’d like to share this Classic Apple Cobbler, which is so season appropriate and easy to make, it could be a good recipe to cozy up to this weekend. It’s great at any time of year but I crave its warm spices in cooler months. It’s so well-loved there’s never a scrap left behind!
First you’ll peel and core about 6 apples. Pile them all high in a large saucepan and sprinkle them with sugar and spices.
The apples are dotted with butter and cooked for a few minutes on the stove-top. Butter is the magic ingredient in this recipe. Embrace the butter! It only takes about 5 minutes for the butter to melt and turn the sugar and spices into a gorgeous golden syrup that coats the apples. Honestly, I could stop right here and dig in, but the apples will still be a little crisp, so into a 2 quart dish they go!
The crust is so simple. You stir all the ingredients together in a bowl and then dollop the batter on top. Spread it over the apples – the batter will be thick, so just do the best you can. The back of a spoon works fine for this.
Top the crust with coarse sugar and you’ll be rewarded with a crunchy crust that perfectly compliments the soft apples.
I recommend serving the cobbler with whipped cream or ice cream. You can’t go wrong with vanilla bean ice cream, but I keep coffee ice cream on hand and it’s good for something different (and if you’re a coffee-lover like me!).
Classic Apple Cobbler
For the Filling:
- 6 large firm apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon apple pie spice*
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 tablespoons butter
For the Topping:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup buttermilk or whole milk
- 1/4 cup coarse sugar
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish; set aside.
- Combine apple slices and lemon juice in large bowl; toss until apples are coated with juice. Add apples to large saucepan and add remaining filling ingredients. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until mixture comes together and creates a syrup that coats the apples (about 5-7 minutes). Pour apple mixture into prepared dish.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in large bowl; whisk together until incorporated. Add butter, egg and milk; stir well. Drop spoonfuls of batter on top of apple mixture and spread it slightly using the back of a spoon. Generously sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.