Friday, February 18, 2011

Apple cobbler

If you are looking for a winter dessert that won't break your diet and is a breeze to make, then I have the perfect dessert for you. This apple cobbler is reminiscent of apple pie, with the heavenly aroma of apples and cinnamon, while being so much more easier to make.  Its got not much added sugar and uses the natural sweetness of the fruit very well. I used a variety of apples from the farmers market for this and DH and I had a hard time not eating them all as we prepped them for this cobbler. A cobbler is a very easy-to-put together dessert and the name comes from how the topping is casually cobbled together as opposed to a more involved pie crust.  The topping is oh-so-crisp and the soft, spice-infused apples just melt in your mouth. One bite of this and people will think you are a fancy chef serving up fancy desserts. So, don your aprons folks, and lets bake up a cobbler. Umm, an apple cobbler, I mean...
This recipe is a slight adaptation of the one from "The Joy of Vegan Baking".

Ingredients (for 6-8 servings)
For the filling
5 cups apples, peeled and sliced into thin slices (5-6 medium apples)
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen blueberries (optional)

For the topping
1 and 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (I have used whole-wheat pastry flour and it works well too)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsbp sugar + 1 tbsp for sprinkling on top
5 tbsp vegan butter + 1 tbsp for brushing on top, melted
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup non-dairy milk

Preheat the oven to 375 F. You will need a 9" square glass/porcelain dish to bake this cobbler. To assemble the filling,  mix all the filling ingredients in the dish and set aside. To make the topping, in a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Now, add the melted butter and mix until just combined. Then add the non-dairy milk and stir until just combined. The mixture might look sticky but thats okay, it will bake up fine. Now, using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, place the topping on top of the apple filling. Brush the tbsp of melted butter and sprinkle the tbsp of sugar on the topping. Bake for 40-50 min. until the crust looks golden and the juices are bubbling. Serve warm.
I leave you with this picture of DS digging into the cobbler just as I was finishing up taking pictures. Have a great weekend!

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