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It’s a very sad day when you have to trade your flip flops for rain boots.  We were incredibly lucky that summer decided to stick around a few weeks longer than normal.  But alas, all good things must come to an end so bring on the hoodies and mud puddles!  While I wish summer would stay around a bit longer say 11 months out of the year with snow for Christmas… fall does get me in the mood to do some baking.  When I think fall I automatically think pumpkins – pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, pumpkin bread (yum!).  I have tried a lot of pumpkin bread recipes in search of one that rivals the pumpkin bread at Starbucks but so far I have not succeeded.  In fact, my attempts have all failed rather miserably.  So for now we will skip the pumpkin bread and in the meantime if anybody has a good recipe they want to share please feel free to send it to me! 🙂

So on to another fall treat – apples!

My mom has a huge apple tree in her backyard so we have been busy making all things apple – the crowd favorite is apple cobbler.  My mom is famous for her fruit cobblers and she has been nice enough to share her recipe with me.  This recipe is wonderful because its easy, you can easily double or triple the recipe as needed, you can switch from a fall cobbler with apples to a summer cobbler with berries, and its easy to freeze and save for another day!

This recipes makes a 13x 9 sized cobbler or two 9×9 sized cobblers.   Today we chose to do two 9×9 pans using disposable pans because we are freezing them for later.

For the filling you will need:
8 cups of apples

For the syrup:
1.5 cup of sugar
1.5 tablespoons of cornstarch
1.5 cup of water
1.5 teaspoon of vanilla
.5 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the crumble topping:
1 cups of flour
3/4 cups of rolled oats
1 cups of brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

To make the topping melt the butter in a large bowl and then add all of your dry ingredients.

Mix until all of the ingredients are combined but still crumbly.  Set that aside for later (but I do recommend taking a quick taste test – its my favorite part!)

Then slice your apples (you can peel them first but we don’t) and arrange them in your pan:

Next comes the syrup that the apples bake in.  This is the trickiest part of the cobbler so pay real close attention to it.

In a  sauce pan you will mix the sugar, water, cornstarch, vanilla cinnamon, nutmeg Stir constantly until it becomes thick and clear.  As soon as it starts to get clear take it off the stove and pour it over the top of your apples.  Then sprinkle the crumble topping over the entire pan.

Now you have two options – you can stop here, wrap it in foil (I recommend using at least two layers of foil), and stick your cobbler in the freezer or you can bake it and enjoy it now!  You will bake your cobbler in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the top is browned. Its best served fresh out of the oven (or warmed up in the microwave later).

Variations:
Use smaller ramikins instead of a large pan for individual sized cobblers.
Want berries instead of apples?  Omit the cinnamon and nutmeg from the syrup and use 8 cups of berries.
Don’t have fresh apples or berries?  Canned apples (not pie filling) or unthawed and drained frozen berries both work great!
 
Now that I have shared one of my favorite fall treats what do you look forward to most during the fall??
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