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Apple and pear cobbler

Apple and pear cobbler - warm apples and pears, topped with an easy scone-like topping. A real crowd-pleaser!

I bloomin’ love a cobbler. Apple pie is great, apple crumble is wonderful, but cobbler is potentially even better. A thick and fluffy scone-like topping, sat on soft and warm apples and pears, with plenty of cinnamon to boot.

Apple and pear cobbler - warm apples and pears, topped with an easy scone-like topping. A real crowd-pleaser!

In case anyone thinks that having a food blog makes you the best cook ever: I actually had no idea what I was doing when I made this cobbler. I read about twenty different recipes to get a general idea of what goes into the cobbler topping, and as it turns out: nobody knows. There doesn’t really seem to be a ‘normal’ set of ingredients that’s used. Some recipes used eggs, some used yogurt, nobody agreed on whether to use plain flour or self-raising flour, and basically every single recipe was entirely different.

Apple and pear cobbler - warm apples and pears, topped with an easy scone-like topping. A real crowd-pleaser!

I’m very much a believer in giving things a go in the kitchen, even if you’ve got no clue if it’s going to work – the worst that’s going to happen is you’ll have wasted a few cheap ingredients (though to be honest, even a bad cobbler is probably preferable to no cobbler at all).

So, I made it up on the spot. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

Apple and pear cobbler - warm apples and pears, topped with an easy scone-like topping. A real crowd-pleaser!

It turns out, in this instance, winging it totally worked! The cobbler topping ended up light and fluffy on the top, and soaked up just enough juice from the fruit to get a lovely moist bit underneath. So luckily, you don’t need to wing it on this one like I did – just follow my recipe. It’s really easy – mix everything up in a big bowl, dollop it on top of your part-cooked fruit, and stick it back in the oven. You could sprinkle a little brown sugar on top before baking if you like – I left mine plain this time, but I might try it when I make this apple and pear cobbler again.

Just make sure you don’t forget the big dollop of extra thick cream!

Apple and pear cobbler - warm apples and pears, topped with an easy scone-like topping. A real crowd-pleaser!

Apple and pear cobbler

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the fruit filling:

  • Bramley apples
  • pears
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 80 g caster sugar ~1/4 cup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the cobbler topping:

  • 100 g butter ~1/2 cup, cut into chunks
  • 175 g self-raising flour ~1 cup
  • 40 g caster sugar ~1/8 cup
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • Next, peel the apples. Remove the cores, and cut the flesh into chunks. Remove both ends from the pears, and dice the flesh (I left the skins on mine).
  • Toss the fruit with the orange juice, caster sugar and cinnamon, and transfer to a baking dish. Bake for about 30 minutes, until the fruit is fairly soft.
  • While the fruit is baking, prepare the cobbler topping. Add the butter, self-raising flour, and caster sugar to a bowl, and rub together with your fingertips. When the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the Greek yogurt and egg, and mix until it just comes together into a soft dough (I found it easiest to use my hands for this).
  • Remove the fruit from the oven, and add the cobbler mixture in large dollops. Don’t worry about spreading it around.
  • Return to the oven for a further 30 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.
  • Serve with cream or custard.

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Emily Leary

Wednesday 4th of March 2015

Yum, what a lovely, comforting dessert.

Rachel

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Definitely my kind of food, comfort food at its best x

ellie

Tuesday 24th of February 2015

Wow that looks amazing! I love Apple crumble and I think that I would love this, can't beat a good dessert if it involves cinnamon. Great post x

Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

Sunday 22nd of February 2015

I've not made a cobbler for ages and this provides the answer for what to do with the bramleys in the fruit bowl

Jan @GlugofOil

Friday 20th of February 2015

Oooh lovely! I could eat that right now :)

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