Thursday, September 10, 2009

Apple Cobbler


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The 63rd annual Hendersonville, North Carolina Apple Festival was last weekend. Although I couldn’t make it over to the mountains this year, I was still excited because the festival heralds the start of apple season for me.

There’s something about a small-town festival that’s really appealing to me. This apple festival has bands, arts and crafts vendors, food, and even the King Apple Parade.

And apples! North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producer in America. The most common varieties you’ll find growing here are Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty and Galas.

In honor of apples and apple season, I thought I’d whip up an easy, tasty Southern Apple Cobbler.

Southern Apple Cobbler

  • Turn on the oven to 450 degrees.
  • 6 cups of sliced apples (Granny Smith or other tart apples are great here)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar (you can use white or brown sugar – I like the pie sweet, so I might use a little more)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (you can also add ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg if you have it)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 box ready-made pie crust dough (2 crusts)

Mix all the ingredients, except the apples, very thoroughly. Then, with your hands, pour the mixture over the apples and gently make sure all the apples are coated with the sugar mixture.

Take one of the pie crusts and line the bottom of the dish with strips of the crust. Then pour the apples into the dish. Add half of a stick of butter cut up and sprinkled over the top of the apples. Then cover with strips of the 2nd pie crust. I like to criss-cross the strips of pie dough.

Cook the pie for 10 minutes at 450 degrees and then turn the oven down to 350 degree and continue cooking for another 35 minutes.

Have fun and have a Happy Fall!

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  1. Yum. I can almost smell the aroma of freshly baked apple pie wafting through my house. I don't usually bake but this recipe is really tempting.

  2. I think I'm going to have to try this one. Looks delicious! And why not use both white AND brown sugar? The sweeter, the better.

  3. I know what you mean, Elizabeth. I enjoyed a slice of pie here yesterday because it's getting to be apple season. Your cobbler sounds like just the think for cool, crisp September days.


  4. I am still enjoying summer fruit - I keep apples for Fall! But I need to bookmark this recipe.
    I can totally relate to what you say about small-town festivals, it is also appealing to me. We have friends near Le Mans in the Sarthe, west of Paris, and I go every year to the cattle fair! I love it!

  5. I'm with you, Elizabeth, apples and fall just go together, especially up here in New York. Your recipe looks really easy and delicious. And congrats on the publication of your new book PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DIES! I bragged about knowing you on my message board today (thanks for dropping by over there)!

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  6. I love this recipe, E. I was just thinking yesterday that I need to bake an apple pie, but this cobbler looks like a must!

  7. Jane--I'm not much of a baker, myself. Give this one a go,'s not too much trouble.

    Alan--The more sugar, the better!

    Julie--It's still nearly 80 here, but I can pretend!

    Laura--That sounds like a wonderful festival...and a great chance to catch up with friends.

    Cleo--Thanks! :) Easy and delish are my favorite kinds of recipes. Emphasis on the 'easy'!

    Jenn--Hope it works out for you!

  8. We're having an unusual cold snap that's making it feel like fall. And I just bought a bag of apples. I think cobbler may be on the menu soon!

  9. I grew up in Upstate New York's apple country. Love to cook with apples. Will have to try this recipe. We are in TN now and the town where I work has an Apple Festival the first weekend of Oct. every year. Hendersonville, N.C. isn't far. Didn't realize they had an apple festival.

  10. The Hendersonville Apple Festival is one of the MOST fun things ever! We didn't make it this year either and not sure why.

    Great recipe Elizabeth! We can't seem to have too many apple recipes at our house.

  11. The apple trees in our yard are finally old enough to produce a nice little crop. This sounds like a great way to use some of the bounty. Thanks!

  12. I'll have to try this recipe. It sounds delicious.

  13. Thanks for the contest. The recipe sounds fantastic.

  14. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize!
    And thanks for the apple dish! Sounds Yummy