Last night, as I had mentioned in my previous post, I was given the job to make bread, crackers, and a dessert. I was surfing the internet for different recipes and inspiration for what I should make for dessert. I stumbled upon this and it seemed to be a no-brainer! I mean I love fruit cobblers AND I love everything French. Mixing my two loves together appeared to be a match made for foodie heaven.
What is different about this kind of cobbler than what an American's traditional notion of cobbler is the topping. Most cobblers have a crumbly, awesome, sink your teeth into type of topping. This is different in that it is a cake-like batter that goes on top of the apples before you bake it. I wasn't quite sure what to make of it as I put it into the oven. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the results: the topping allows the apples to be the main part of the dessert. This cobbler is sort of transformed. It is light and leaves room for more! Yet, there is just the right amount of topping to give you the feeling that you're eating something more than what could be seen as pie filling.
It's delish and I highly recommend that you try it!
French Apple Cobbler
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
5 cups tart apples, peeled, sliced
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg, slightly beaten
1. Preheat the oven to 375°
2. In a medium bowl, combine apples, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, vanilla and water.
3. Turn into a lightly buttered 9-inch square pan. Dot apples with 1 tablespoon butter.
4.Combine all topping ingredients. Beat with wooden spoon until batter is smooth.
5. Drop batter in 9 portions, over the apples, spacing evenly. Batter will spread during baking.
6. Bake 35 to 40 minutes at 375° or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Serve warm with cream or ice cream. Yummmm. And most importantly: enjoy!