Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Skillet Apple Cobbler (Happy Birthday Honey!)

Today is hubby's birthday and while my birthday druthers would find me diving into a triple-layered chocolate cake, his favorites have always been fruit pies and cobblers. Since we all know that I'm a pie crust wimp, I went the cobbler route and he'll just have to live with it. Personally, I think he should consider himself lucky that I came home from vacation.

To all of you well-wishers from last week, I came home to a pristine house and discovered that no one was hospitalized or went to jail. Another one of hubby's "game-day" escapades has passed without incident. What more could a wife ask for.

Happy Birthday Dave. You know I love you with all my heart, even when you make me crazy.

Skillet Apple Cobbler (adapted from a King Arthur Flour catalog)

Filling:

1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
4-5 large apples (about 1 1/2 lbs.) cored and thinly sliced (I used a combination of granny smith, gala, and honeycrisp apples)
3 TBSP boiled cider

Topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup cold butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup half & half
coarse sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9" skillet (or deep dish pie pan) with cooking spray.

To make the filling:

Combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Toss with apple slices and boiled cider. Place in the bottom of prepared pan.

To make the topping:

Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Work in the butter just until the mixture is evenly crumbly.

In another bowl, whisk together the vanilla, egg and half & half. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Drop the topping by large spoonfuls on top of apples. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired. Bake the cobbler for 55-65 minutes until it's bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before serving.

20 comments:

Nanan said...

That, my dear, is beautiful - and it could qualify for National Apple Betty Day if you warmed it up and served it with Vanilla Ice cream - which is today, by the way!!!! Crazy how that worked out - no? Glad you had a wonderful vacation!! Even better you returned to a nice clean house! Happy Birthday to the "Honey"!

Arnold said...

This looks great, I can almost smell that cinnamon. Thanks.

The Mom Chef said...

Awwww, that was very sweet of you! Happy birthday, Mr. Mags!

A Year on the Grill said...

wonderful pictures... hope you are sending that to tastespotting

June said...

Fabulous cobbler and definitely a happy, happy to Dave. Boy you sure have him well trained, don't ya!

Abby said...

Looks beautiful and yummy! (Although I am with you: birthday should mean chocolate chocolate chocolate cake. My dad agrees with your hubby though, so I always have to do one fruit-based birthday dessert each year.)

Haden News said...

I love the idea of apple cobbler for a b-day cake!! Happy Birthday to Mr. Mags!!

Barbara Bakes said...

I can see the beauty in wanting an apple cobbler instead of birthday cake. Yours looks scrumptious. I'm sort of a chocolate eclair birthday girl myself.

The Southern Cookbook said...

I love cobblers! This fruit cobbler looks amazing. I can smell the cinnamon! Lucky hubby you have to have such a great dessert waiting for him :)

Julie said...

I am so with you...chocolate something instead of fruit! Also, pie crusts and I don't get along either! Glad the house was in one piece and no bail money was needed. Hopefully you were somewhere fun!

Moogie said...

Hey my Dave had his birthday yesterday. Now he is one year away from Medicare. LOL

Great recipe and as always super photo.

Heavenly Housewife said...

What a fantastic apple desert. I have 3 apple trees in my back yard and loads of apples this year, so I am looking for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this one.
*kisses* HH

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

I'm with your hubby. Fruit desserts are my favorites too, and this one is a real beauty. So homey, made with seasonal fruits, and so perfect for fall. Well done, Mags!

Barbara said...

You made me laugh this morning, Mags. Funny post. Men, gotta love em.
And how sweet was it for you to make his favorite? It's delicious looking and a perfect Happy Birthday!

Kath said...

That looks like a terrific cobbler! I think it makes a great birthday dessert. (Looks beautiful in the Le Creuset skillet, too!)

Megan said...

LOL, My hubby's BD was the 3rd and mine is the 8th. I have a theory about early October birthdays- To much celebrating on New Years Eve! ;)
You have a lucky man, first-you did come home from vacation, and second, you made his favorite!

Happy Birthday Mr. Mags!

Sue said...

Your skillet apple cobbler looks delicious, especially on a day like today(cold and rainy)! Glad the home front was in great shape on your return! :)

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

I would love this Cobbler on my birthday too! Your hubs is one lucky guy. Glad to read you came home to a "healthy house." xo

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That's lovely!! I would take an apple cobbler over a pie any day. While my pie crusts usually taste good, they aren't usually pretty, so I might have to take your lead and go for cobblers this year!

Ingrid said...

Looks good...cobbler was the way to go! :) Happy belated birthday to your hubs!
~ingrid