Cobbler is something I’ve been baking for years, but don’t make very often, because I feel that it’s too special. It’s like going to the Griffith Observatory, I don’t make my way there all the time, but when I do I’m in awe of the views, remember my love for science, and blanket myself in the night sky! That’s my relationship with cobbler, everytime I bake it I swear OFF all other desserts! Why wouldn’t I? It’s cosmic, it belongs to the STARS!
All photos taken by: Nicole Presley
Ingredients for Apple Filling:
6 – cups sliced apple (you’ll need about 4 apples, I use granny smith)
1/2 – cup water plus 3 tablespoons
1 – cup brown sugar
1 – teaspoon cinnamon
1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 – tablespoons corn starch
In a big pot over medium high flame, add 3 tablespoons of water, sliced apples and brown sugar. Mix to combine, then let cook for a minute or so.
Then add cinnamon and vanilla. Give your apple mixture a nice stir, and let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes. It will look like a nice brown syrup is sitting at the bottom of all the apples.
Continue to let it cook, until it starts to boil. Then take a small cup and add 1/4 cup of water and cornstarch. Mix to combine, then slowly add it to the apple mixture. Mix constantly and once a thick gel forms around fruit then add additional 1/4 cup water and continue mixing.
Once apple mixture is well combined. Turn off flame and set to the side.
Time to preheat the oven: 350 degrees fahrenheit.
Ingredients for cobbler cake:
1 1/8 – cups sugar
3 – cups flour
1 – teaspoon baking soda
1- teaspoon baking powder
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1 – cup cold butter (2 sticks)
2 – large eggs
3 1/2 – tablespoons half and half
1 – teaspoon vanilla
1 – cup sour cream
In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking soda and powder, salt) together. Then add in cold butter, and with two butter knives start to cut in butter into the flour mixture in a criss cross motion. This will take about 10 minutes. Flour mixture will eventually become crumbly with the butter pieces the size of peas. Set to the side.
In a medium bowl add eggs, half and half, vanilla, and sour cream. Then take a fork and as DEVO would say… WHIP IT! Whip it good.
Now add egg/sour cream mixture to flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until combined/moistened. Divide cobbler cake batter in half.
In a 9 x 13 inch greased metal baking pan, add half of the cobbler cake batter, and spread evenly across.
Now take your lovely apple filling and slowly spread across the top a little at a time until completely covered.
Now add remaining cake cobbler mixture to top in big drops to try and cover top, leaving some apple filling exposed.
Ingredients for cobbler topping:
1/2 – cup sugar
1/2 – cup pecans (chopped)
Lastly take cobbler and sprinkle with sugar and pecans!
Bake for 60 minutes or until tester toothpick comes out clean. Your cobbler will be golden and your kitchen will smell sweet.
Cobbler Tip: I like to eat mine warm with ice cream on the side, and let it melt a little.