Saturday, January 02, 2010

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits

cameo & braeburn

While this cobbler isn’t the typical way to begin a new year (black eyed peas? no thanks!), it certainly was a delicious start. I used to balk at the idea of apples and cheese together. When you think about it, it just sounds wrong. But it’s a combination I’ve grown to love, and this cobbler is no exception.

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits

This recipe is from a cookbook that I purchased just after Christmas called Rustic Fruit Desserts. The book is absolutely beautiful, and if all the recipes are like this one, I can tell it’s going to get a lot of use. The recipes seem well thought out, this one mentions to start pre-baking the apples while you make the biscuit topping, so they will be nice and soft when it’s done.

The biscuits on top are salty from the cheese and just a tad sweet, and the apples cook perfectly. It’s sublime, and I’ll definitely be making it again.

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits

I used a combination of Cameo and Braeburn apples, which were a nice accent to the brown sugar/cinnamon mix. You’ll need to put a piece of aluminum foil under the pan while baking, the juices bubble up a lot and chaos ensues. (sugar! burning! in the oven! smoke detector going off! dogs barking!) Also, I’ll make my biscuits just a tad smaller next time, as the bottoms were a bit on the under done side. Overall, it’s a great recipe, and it might be my new favorite cobbler.

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits

from Rustic Fruit Desserts

Ingredients
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, for dish
For fruit filling:

1 cup packed (7 1/2 ounces) medium brown sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

8 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4 inch thick (3 1/2 pounds prepped)

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter
For biscuits:

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 cups (4 ounces) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

1 1/3 cups cold buttermilk, or more as needed


Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375° F. Butter a 3-quart baking dish.
To make the fruit filling, with your hands, rub the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add the apples and toss to evenly coat. Gently stir in the lemon juice. Let the apples sit for 15 minutes to release some of their juices. Mix the filling more than one time before scraping the contents into the prepared pan. Cut the butter into small cubes and scatter over the apples.
Cover the pan with foil and bake in the lower third of the oven for 20 minutes. This gives the apples a jump start on cooking while you make the biscuits.

To make the biscuits, whisk the flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the baking powder, and the salt together in a bowl. Add the cheese and toss until evenly coated. Make a well in the center of the bowl and add the buttermilk. With a rubber spatula or fork, or by hand, stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. The dough will be shaggy and moist. If the dough seems dry, add a bit more buttermilk, no more than 1 tablespoon at a time.

Take the baking pan out of the oven and remove the foil. In 1/4 cup portions, place the dough atop the fruit, distributing the biscuits evenly. (You should end up with about 9 biscuits.) Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over the biscuits.

Return the cobbler to the oven (this time without the foil) and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender, the juices are bubbling, and the biscuits are golden brown.

Storage: This dessert is best served the day that it is made, but any leftovers can be wrapped in plastic wrap (or foil) and kept at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.



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42 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a pretty impressive dish with beautiful photos. I love the idea of a rustic fruit dessert!

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  2. ive heard good things about this book! mmm apples and cheese, always a great combination.

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  3. that's so funny — i was just given that cookbook as a gift! i can't think of anything better than fruity desserts.

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  4. I just added that cookbook to my amazon wishlist. That cobbler looks so good. Wish I had some to go with my tea right about now.

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  5. I was eying that cookbook too. I think this combination sounds so great. I think of it often in pies, but not for cobbler, yum.

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  6. That cookbook sounds great, and if your photos are any indication, it's gotta be a good book to have around. The cobbler looks wonderful!

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  7. Wow this sounds interestingly delicious! I've always wanted to try the cheddar apple combo!

    P.S. I was rooting for you to win on PW's Bokeh Challenge too :) Happy New Year

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  8. Wow this is incredible!! Love that apple pic, too. :)

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  9. Sounds really fabulous! As always I love the simplicity and beauty of your photos.

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  10. that sounds very interesting and something that i would try. i love a slice of cheddar with my pie so i should love this.

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  11. Wow... absolutely gorgeous! The cheddar and apple combination sounds divine.

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  12. Beautiful photos! I love cheesy anything, and biscuits are just always tasty. Always. :)

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  13. i've never been one for the apple-cheddar combination, but i can't deny how appealing you've made it look and sound! gorgeous dessert, hannah, and happy 2010 to you!

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  14. This looks absolutely delicious and like something I'd be tempted to eat for breakfast. Going to check out that book. I love fruit desserts!

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  15. Yum, this sounds wonderful and a perfect way to start the new year!

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  16. Looks absolutely lovely, Hannah! Happy New Year, by the way.

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  17. I have that book and love it - so far not a recipe in it has been a dud! Enjoy the book - your cobbler looks beautiful. I just love your blog.

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  18. Your biscuits looks perfectly delicious and I love that you used your new bowls!

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  19. This looks so lovely, apple and cheddar is a wonderful combination.
    Happy New Year.
    Mimi

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  20. oh. my. gosh. i am so drooling... cheese on apple pie is so good, I bet this is just darn heavenly!! Lovely pictures!

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  21. This looks so perfect! I love an apple cheese combo and I think with a bit of whipped cream this would be too good to pass up (not that I'd pass it by without!).

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  22. Gorgeous! I love this version of the apples and cheese combo. I always get a little queasy when I see a slice of chedder on top of a piece of apple pie. It just doesn't look right. But THIS looks VERY right :) Happy New Year!

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  23. This might be the most brilliant idea ever. Love biscuits and love cobbler but never thought to combine the two! Keep up the innovative baking and gorgeous photos!

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  24. I love cheese and apples! What a great idea! (Hate those sensitive smoke alarms--when you bake a lot, with a lot of bubbling sugar they can be a drag. Baby napping!!) (But, of course, better safe than sorry...)

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  25. Sounds interesting and looks great in those pretty bowls your sister gave you.
    ~ingrid

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  26. i picked up that very book this past weekend at the bookstore and you've definitely done it justice. simply lovely!

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  27. Its fantastic Hannah! I love apples and what a fantastic idea to make a cobbler with cheddar =D.

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  28. Yummm :)
    I'm addicted to reading your blogs! Keep up the great work!

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  29. So...I jumped in and decided to try this dessert...

    First, i must say most everything was fabulous. However, my biscuts were a flop I think. They didn't seem to puff up/rise at all. The only thing I can guess is that I used too much buttermilk (but i did use 1 and 1/3 cups).

    Any ideas on what it could be?

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  30. Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

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