Homemade Apple Cobbler With Fresh Apples

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Homemade apple cobbler with fresh apples is one of the comforts of cooking! When fall arrives, it is hard to resist apple picking. The crisp and refreshing scent of apples is one I look forward to every year. It gets me in the mood to cook and bake with apples all season. Homemade Apple Cobbler is quite possibly one of my favorite apple desserts ever. It’s fast, easy, and immensely satisfying!

Apple Cobbler

This old-fashioned Apple Cobbler is one of my FAVORITE fall desserts. It’s made with fresh apples in a cinnamon sauce, with a delicious cake-like topping.

We can’t get enough of cobbler recipes at our house.  We enjoy peach cobbler and blueberry cobbler all year round, but when apple season comes, it’s either homemade apple crisp, apple cobbler, or fresh apple cake; on repeat!

Apple Cobbler

Many apple cobbler recipes are made with a biscuit like topping, I wanted the same old-fashioned cake-like topping that I use in my other recipes! It has a slight crisp on the top and is soft in the center, and pairs so well with the sauce and tender apples in this recipe.

How’s Apple Cobbler different from Apple Crisp?

There is a difference between apple crisp and apple cobbler. Just like its name, apple crisp has a crispy crumble topping made with oats. The topping for this apple cobbler is a smooth batter that is poured on top of the apple filling and bakes more cake-like.

Which apples are best for baking?

Any baking apple will work great!  I tend to prefer Granny Smith apples but I also like Gala apples, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or any other tart apple.

To peel or not to peel?

Yes, I like to peel the apples for apple cobbler!   The skin doesn’t break down during baking and can make for a tougher texture. (But you can leave the skin on if you want, and chop the apples into smaller cubes!)  I use my Johnny Apple Peeler for this part because it does the work for me. It PEELS, CORES and SLICES the apple all at once!

4 steps to easy Apple Cobbler:

Make the Apple Filling: Stir together water, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large saucepan. Stir in apples. Cook over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.

Make the batter: In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk and melted butter, just until combined.

Pour into dish.  Add apple mixture to your pan and pour the batter evenly on top.  Sprinkle it lightly with cinnamon and it’s ready to bake!

Bake: at 350 degrees for about 38-40 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

Make Ahead and Freezer Instructions:

You could prepare the apple filling and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it for up to 3 months.

You can also freeze the baked cobbler for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven before serving.

WHAT IS APPLE COBBLER?

Apple cobbler is one of the most popular and delicious Southern desserts made using apples.

Apple cobbler is different from apple crisp or crumbles and also it is different from apple pies and apple cakes, but a cobbler is even more easy to make and very delicious too!

You first layer the prepared apples in the prepared pan and then top the apples with the batter for cobbler and you bake it. It is so simple and easy to make from scratch and as you now, it is too delicious when served with ice cream (its delicious on its own too!).

Unlike apple crisp, we do not use any oatmeal to make the batter for apple cobbler and so the cooked batter of the cobbler is more smooth and soft in texture.

Similarly, the batter of the apple cobbler is also different from that of apple cake or the dough made for apple pie.

The texture is totally different for the pies as the crust for the pie is more of a pastry like texture, while the apple cobbler has a more soft, melt in your mouth texture.

WHAT KIND OF APPLES ARE BEST TO MAKE APPLE COBBLER?

As I mentioned above, I used gala apples to make this delicious & easy apple cobbler.

I loved how the cobbler turned out and so I think gala apples are perfect for making apple cobbler.

However, there is a lot of choice when it comes to picking apples to make apple cobbler.

A lot of kind of apples are great for making apple cobbler including honey crisp, golden delicious, granny smith, fuji apples etc.

The flavors may vary based on the kind of apples you choose for the recipe as some of the apples maybe more tart in flavor while some are more sweet.

HOW TO MAKE EASY APPLE COBBLER FROM SCRATCH USING FRESH APPLES?

It is easy to make apple cake from scratch using fresh apples and we just need few ingredients other than the fresh apples to make the filling and batter for the apple cobbler. Below you can see the ingredients needed to make apple cobbler from scratch.

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE EASY APPLE COBBLER

for filling:

  • apples 6 to 7 medium sized
  • brown sugar ½ cup
  • butter 2 tablespoons
  • cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon
  • nutmeg ¼ teaspoon (optional)

for the batter (topping):

  • all purpose flour 1.5 cups
  • baking powder 2 teaspoons
  • salt a pinch
  • cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon
  • whole milk 1 cup (at room temperature)
  • butter ½ cup melted
  • sugar ¾ cup
  • brown sugar ¼ cup
  • vanilla extract 1 teaspoon

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

to prepare the apple cobbler filling

Peel and core the apples and slice them in slightly thick slices.

Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan and add the apple slices.

Saute the apples in the butter for about a minute. Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon powder & nutmeg for the apple filling, mix everything well and keep this mixture aside.

to make the batter for cobbler

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients first – flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt until all ingredients are evenly mixed.

In another bowl add the melted butter and add the sugar, mix very well.

Also add the milk & vanilla extract to the butter sugar mixture, mix everything well together.

To make the batter, transfer the wet ingredients mixture slowly to the dry flour mixture and mix in.

Also add the ¼ cup of brown sugar for the batter and mix everything well to form the batter. Do not overmix but make sure there is no dry flour in the batter and all the ingredients in the batter are well blended.

to make easy apple cobbler

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

Prepare a pan greased with little butter and layer the apple filling mixture in a single layer.

Pour the prepared batter over the apple filling and using a spoon, spread the batter evenly across the pan to almost cover the apples, and then gently mix in the batter a little so some of the apple slices are visible outside.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 to 60 minutes of time or until the cobbler is baked and the apples look juicy and the top is golden brown in color.

One tip to make the perfect apple cobbler is to check the apple cobbler after about 35 minutes of time, and if the topping begins to brown, cover the pan with a foil and bake for the remaining time which will help to retain the moisture content of the dish, making it more delicious and juicy!

Allow the apple cobbler to cool down slightly, then scoop out and serve the slightly warm apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice!

HOW TO SERVE APPLE COBBLER?

Apple cobbler is delicious on its own, but the best way to serve apple cobbler is to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I like to serve it with vanilla ice cream or salted caramel ice cream, butterscotch ice cream etc.

You may serve this with any ice cream of your choice though. Scoop out a piece of slightly warm apple cobbler and serve it with cold vanilla ice cream for the best results.

Apple cobbler tastes even more delicious when chilled in the refrigerator, so if you like it that way, cool it in the refrigerator first and then serve it with the cold ice crea for a delicious cold dessert.

This is also very refreshing and perfect during the spring or hot summer months, though this is most popular as a fall dessert!

HOW TO STORE APPLE COBBLER?

You can store the apple cobbler easily in refrigerator for few days. I usually store the leftovers in the same pan I used to bake the cobbler but you may use any containers that you use to store food in the refrigerator.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • 100% homemade biscuit topping with sugar crunch topping
  • Cinnamon apple pie filling cooked ahead of baking so apples are soft and tender
  • Makes just a small 8×8″ size cobbler
  • AMAZING with vanilla ice cream and drizzled caramel

Difference Between Apple Crisp and Apple Cobbler

Apple crisp has a sugar, flour and oat topping on it. It’s baked and the topping ends up with a slight crunch. Apple cobbler is also baked, but it has a soft, biscuit-like cake on top.

Both have the cinnamon sugar apple pie filling baked underneath. And both are delicious served with vanilla ice cream. 😋

What kind of apples are best for baking?

Granny Smith apples are known for being one of the best apples to bake with. They are tart in flavor so they pair well with the sugar in recipes and they stay firmer after baking instead of turning to mush. If you can’t find Granny Smith, try Pink Lady, Gala apples, HoneyCrisp or Empire.

Two other tips about the apples:

  • If you’re worried about the apples being crunchy in this recipe, I get it. I like my apples to be baked soft also. That’s why with most of my apple recipes, I make the cinnamon sugar apple filling on the stovetop first, cooking the apples until they are tender. Then they finish baking in the oven. This is especially important if you use Granny Smith since they are a firmer apple.
  • Do you have to peel the apples? I highly recommend it. The apple peel can come loose in baking and make the apple dessert have an unusual texture. If you don’t have an apple peeler hand-crank machine, you’re going to want to get one. It makes apple desserts so much less of a hassle to make.

How to Make Apple Cobbler From Scratch

  • Place the apples in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium low. Add the sugar. Cook and stir until the apple mixture starts to soften. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and apple juice (or water). Drizzle this into the apples and mix. Stir until thickened.
  • Add the butter and cinnamon. If you like nutmeg, try adding just a dash. Mix well, then remove the apples from the heat.
  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with cooking spray and then add the apple filling, spreading it evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender. It’s ok if there are small chunks of butter. They’ll melt in while baking and make the cobbler light and tender.
  • Add in the milk and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.
  • Pour the batter over the top of the apples and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle the top of the batter with sugar, then drizzle the hot water overtop. If you have a spray bottle for the kitchen you can also spritz the hot water on top for more even coverage.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes in a 350º Fahrenheit oven for until the top is golden brown and cooked through. Check the cobbler at 20 or 25 minutes. If it looks like it is getting too brown on top before it’s baked through, lightly place a piece of foil over the top and finish baking.

Storage Instructions

This cobbler is best served warm so I don’t recommend making it in advance. If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Please note that the biscuit topping won’t have that lightly crisp exterior after you store it.

You can freeze apple cobbler in an airtight container for up to 6 weeks.

Recipe Variation

  • As I mentioned before, you can use this cobbler topping with other fruits such as peaches or cherries.
  • If you don’t want to make a homemade topping, you can make a Bisquick apple cobbler. Just follow the instructions for biscuits on a box of biscuit mix and dollop the dough on top of the apples.
  • Combine fruits! Can you imagine how delicious an apple peach cobbler would be?
  • Make a caramel apple cobbler by adding a drizzle of caramel syrup over the apple pie filling, before the batter. Or you can simply drizzle the caramel over the cobbler after it bakes.

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