So apples have always been a big part of my life. When I was around 5 my family started visiting some family property my dad inherited in upstate NY. One fall, my dad took my sister and I up for a weekend to go apple picking. I can’t remember why we made that first trip but it became tradition and to my memory, has happened every year since. Sadly, I’ve missed a few trips since my life has taken me away from what used to be my home.
24(ish) years later, Felix and I made the trip back to NY for Apple Picking Weekend as it has become known in our family. It was nice to be able to spend this time with my family again since the last trip I made personally was probably in 2010 before moving to CA. Felix loved it more than I thought he would (kids tend to not appreciate the things you want them to lol). He ate a bunch of apples and continues to steal them from the kitchen when I’m not looking. Last night he got his first taste of Apple Cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
Growing up, the weekends to follow Apple Picking Weekend were filled with apple processing. My mom and I would spend hours peeling/coring/slicing or pureeing apples. It was all about the Apple Pie and the Apple Sauce. Apple Cobbler is a recent product of the Apple Picking Weekend. On the phone last night with my mom (I had to call her *once again* for the recipe for the topping), we came to the joint conclusion that neither of us really care about pie crust. Weird I know since SO MANY people love the stuff. It’s just not our thing. So we both simultaneously adopted the Apple Cobbler. My mom’s Apple Pie recipe used a crumb topping anyway so it’s really the same thing just in a baking dish instead of a pie crust.
You will need:
For the filling –
4-6 medium apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark, your call)
1/4 cup white sugar (I use raw cane sugar)
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the topping –
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup butter (softened)
1/4 cup brown sugar
Preheat your oven to 425*. Lubricate the baking dish of your choice. I use a 6 cup pyrex dish (8″x6″). Combine your apples with with your sugars/salt/cinnamon/flour. Mix until they resemble the above picture (ooey, gooey, delicious lol). Then pour the apples (juice and all) into your baking dish. I throw it in the fridge for a little bit while I mix the topping but it’s not necessary.
For the topping, the butter needs to be soft but not liquid. I throw it in the microwave for about 20sec. Use a fork to mix the butter with the flour and brown sugar. It should resemble wet sand when you’re done, kinda clumpy looking but still soft. Dump the topping on the apples and spread it around. It doesn’t have to cover everything, and it will spread a little on it’s own when it’s baking. Bake it for about 20min or until the topping is nice and toasted looking.
I serve it with a nice scoop (or two) of vanilla ice cream! Serves 4-6 🙂