Apple Cobbler

Total Time:
1 hr 20 min
20 min
15 min
45 min

8 to 10 servings


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.

Peel and core the apples and cut them into 1/4 to 1/2-inch dice. Try to get the apples pieces as uniform as possible to ensure even baking in the cobbler. Combine the apples with 1 cup of the sugar in a large bowl. Cover and set in the refrigerator while preparing the cobbler topping. The sugar will draw out some of the moisture in the apples, so the filling will be nice and thick.

Combine the remaining sugar with the flour and salt in a medium size bowl. Set aside 1/2 cup of the sugar and flour mixture to coat the apples. Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and work into the sugar/flour mixture using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers until it forms a coarse meal.

Drain the sugar syrup from the apples and set aside. Combine the apples with the reserved flour and sugar mixture. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, and sweetened dried cranberries to the apples and stir well to evenly distribute all the flavors. Pour into the buttered baking dish.

Lightly beat the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and slowly drizzle it into the flour mixture. Don't worry if it seems a little dry at first. Continue to stir the mixture until the flour is completely absorbed into the egg. (You might want to get your hands into it and use your fingers to finish.) Take a small bit of the topping and roll it into a 1-inch ball. Gently flatten the ball into a disk and place it on top of the apple mixture in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining topping, slightly overlapping the disks.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until the juices are bubbling and the topping is a light golden brown. Let the cobbler rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. While the cobbler is sitting, coat the almonds with the reserved sugar syrup. Drain off the excess syrup and place the almonds on a buttered parchment lined baking sheet. Roast until the almonds are golden brown, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Scatter them over the cobbler.

Tips: To make cutting the butter into the flour/sugar mixture a bit easier, try grating frozen sticks of butter on the large holes of a hand grater. You'll have small bits of cold butter which will help the coarse meal form quickly. Use a melon baller to scoop out the core of the apple halves quickly and with minimal waste.

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    Excellent!! It was such a hit I had to make 6 copies of the reciepe and hand them out. Making again tomorrow, but going to make it in personal sizes, the small soufle dishes to hand out easier then in tupperware.
    Excellent apple cobbler. Not elaborate, but time consuming to make. I followed the recipe exactly, and didn't think the cobbler part was too sweet. I guess it depends on the apples you use. Excellent with the nuts and cranberries.
    Brilliant dessert! We loved it. I did not have almonds or cranberries so I omitted them. Nonetheless, this cobbler was super. Outstanding served warm with vanilla ice cream.
    My daughter and I made this for Thanksgiving and it is the best whever had. Very easy to make even though it looks much harder. We made 1/2 without the cranberries (she's not found of them). The topping came out just right for a cobbler. The hardest part was chopping all the apples. My daughter wasn't sure about the almonds on top but we tried it and was a great addition. Have extra syrup left over to make some more almonds to just much on.
    I hate to throw out food. So I fed the overly sweet top crust to the hens to make into eggs. I used the apple mixture which was still very sweet, as an addition to my morning protein shake. Now, THAT was fantastic.
    Only thing that takes time is chopping the apples. Take the time to add the roasted almonds on top at end. Really adds a nice touch / flavor. I also used a mix of apples. Granny Smith and MacIntosh. Also can serve with whipped cream or pur some heavy cream over it while hot right before serving in dish.
    This was so delish and everyone's favorite dessert at Thanksgiving. I'm making it again for tonight's xmas party :)
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it went over well! It was a nice alternative to the traditional Apple Pie. The topping was sooo tasty, I had to go back for 2nd, 3rds, and 4ths!
    Fantastic recipe. The highlights are the cranberries and the roasted almonds. Don't skip either of them for they are what sets this cobbler apart from the rest.
    This recipe was great, but I substituted 1/2 cup of white sugar for brown sugar and left out the nuts and cranberries.
    I read the reviews before making it and reduced the sugar to 2 cups total . I also used half brown half white sugar as someone suggested. I only used Fuji apples and it turned out ok. Cranberries were a good addition. Instead of almonds I added walnuts on top and I thought that was a good addition especially when served with French vanilla ice-cream. I have to agree with most reviews that this recipe should not be in "Easy" category. Prep took a little bit more than an hour. Overall, it is worth making it, especially if you have some apples you need to get rid of.
    I made this dish for a Super Bowl party and got rave reviews. I didn't have nutmeg, so I used a little less ground ginger in it's place. People have been demanding that I make it again.
    I have three major complaints about this recipe. Firstly, it took way longer than specified to prepare, secondly, the apples did not create the juice in the fridge as described, and thirldy and most of all, it is way too sweet. So much so, I found it inedible for my taste. Maybe cutting it with some ice cream might be a good idea. Otherwise, it is a heatburn waiting to happen.I even tried adding more apples to cut it, but to no avail. I would make it again, only if I cut the sugar in half. I would also recommend dithing the was just a hassle.
    This recipe was way too sweet. I got a case of pears from Harry and David and used 1/2 of it to make this recipe. I ended up throwing it away because noone would could eat it because it was so sweet. My 3 year old even refused it. Very disappointing.
    Cut this recipe in half, use 1/2 brown sugar over all 'white' and you'll be in for a treat.
    The cobbled part became more of a cake like substance and wasn't very good
    This was easy to make. I listened to those that complained of over-sweetness and cut the sugar that the apples marinate in to 1/4 cup, keeping the dough proportions the same. Making the crust in discs was a unique approach that created a perfectly distributed topping. I loved the way the crust tasted like a soft shortbread, buttery and good. This was a nice change from my usual apple crisp.
    I tried this out for a potluck and it was really delicious. The cranberries could be omitted if you wanted sweet without a bit of tart.
    I made this dish because I had to find something quick to do with my 5lb of granny smith apples. It turned out great. I did cut back on the sugar once I read the reviews but it was a crowd pleaser. I only made it with the granny smith and it really worked well.
    I especially enjoyed the crust. The total cobbler was very delicious.
    It did take longer than 20 min, to prepare, but the end result was fantastic!
    By the way, what has happened to Warren Brown? I miss seeing his sweet show with current episodes, not reruns.
    Well worth the effort
    Even without the almond topping this recipe is great. If you would like to substitute unsweetened organic cranberries, it will do just fine. I also altered the recipe slightly to include 2 cups white sugar and 1 cup brown sugar instead of all white sugar - it gives it a more old-time flavor. I also added a bit of ginger, but that is to your taste. Happy baking! -CAC
    Before making this and after reading the reviews, I reduced the sugar amount by 1/2. The result was absolutely delicious. My preference for deserts is not too sweet. Give it a try. I strongly recommend it.
    This took me longer than any dessert that I've tried so far, but it was worth it! I served it with Carmel Cinnamon Spice Cake ice Cream and it was raved by my guests as something from a 5 star restuarant! Well worth the effort.
    I hate to be the damper on all these great reviews, but this recipe was not as big a hit at my house. We had a couple of people who adored it and scarfed it right down. Then we had a couple of people who took one bite and spit it back out. "Too sweet" and "weird aftertaste" (I don't know, the nutmeg, or the lemon zest, maybe?) were the comments. So, unfortunately, I won't be making this again. With regards to the procedure, I found this not difficult at all. The time-consuming part is dicing and peeling the apples, but there's no way around that. I used a food processor for the dough, which worked just fine and was very quick. My cobbler baked in about 40 minutes, just as the recipe said. Overall, this is one I think you have to try for yourself to see if you like the flavor or not.
    Brings back good memories with presentation. Nice flavor. Fun and easy to make.
    We absolutely loved this Apple Cobbler !! It was a huge hit especially when served with some French Vanilla Ice Cream.
    This is so much better than any pie or any other cobbler recipe I have tried in the past 30 years of cooking. It keeps well in the refrigerator after the initial serving. The multiple textures and flavors of the apples are delightful. A little of this can go a long way, make plenty as people will desire seconds!
    What a wonderful cobbler. The best I have ever made and eaten. Also, all of those who joined me thought so too.
    Thank You!
    This was a great apple cobbler recipe! It's much better than any store bought kind.
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