Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday Treat: fragrant and melt in your mouth Apple Cobbler!

Another delicious Apple recipe to warm your winters with the mouthwatering aroma of baked apples and cinnamon.... and so very easy to make...
Now if you have made an Apple Pie- Apple Cobbler is made in the same way...
....the only missing ingredient is that there is no prebaked crust at the base, like in the pie....
I like the taste of stewed cinnamon apples without the overwhelming taste of the pastry base, as well as the top.... you dont really taste the apples as much.
In this recipe of Apple Cobbler I have done away with the pastry base... it just has a beautiful cookie cut pastry top glazed and sprinkled with brown sugar, so looks and tastes divine!
see for yourself....  :-)

So here is the recipe....


For the short crust pastry:
(everything should be cold, but NOT frozen and not at room temp.)
2 cups maida
pinch of salt
2 tsp castor sugar or powdered sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
pinch of nutmeg
100 gms/1 cup butter
2 spoons of water or milk to combine (mix well) not kneed

Directions for the pastry:

mix the dry ingr given above and then mix in the cold butter 
(it should resemble breadcrumbs- like shown below)

then add bit by bit of cold water to combine all the flour into a ball like given below:

Keep the dough covered in a cling film in the fridge for sometime.

In the meanwhile lets make the apple stew:
Ingr for the Apple Stew:
1/2 kg (about 5-6 medium sized) apples (peeled and chopped)
2 tbsp castor sugar/powdered sugar
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1- caramelize 2 tbsp castor sugar over the fire
2- Add the apples with 1/4 cup water + lemon juice + cinnamon pwdr
(dont worry the caramelized sugar will toughen up stick to the spoon when you add the cold apple, but will melt as you keep cooking the apples
3- Cook till dry and then cool.
4- Spread the stewed apple in the pie-dish like shown below.

5- Then take the ball of dough out of the fridge and roll it like a chapati or a tortilla as shown below.

6- now comes the fun part! Take any shape cookie cutter- star, flower, or even a heart shaped one if you plan on making it for a special day.
cut the shapes out of the rolled dough like shown below-

7- Now layer the cut shapes over the apple stew in the pie dish...overlapping each other.
8- glaze with an egg white (as in, brush the egg white over the pie) and sprinkle some brown sugar on top.  If you dont have any brown sugar then normal sugar would also do- because it gives a nice crunch to the dish.

9- Put the pie/cobbler in a pre-heated oven at 160C for 15-20 minutes or till brown.
10- Serve hot with cold vanilla ice cream or a dollop of fresh cream
I like mine simple without any thing else...
just me and my tea and my Apple Cobbler!

How do you like to have your Apple Cobbler? Do tell!
And also let me know if you try this recipe- believe me you cannot go wrong with it and you will get rave reviews from all yr guests!

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