Apple cobbler is a heartwarming dessert! Homemade apple cobbler is not only delicious but also captures the essence of Southern hospitality. This cobbler recipe combines the sweet and tart flavors of fresh apples with a golden, buttery crust and a perfect blend of warm spices. This classic Southern treat will impress your loved ones!
Apple Cobbler is a classic dessert loved by many for its simplicity and heartwarming taste. It's the kind of dish that you'll want to make at home not just because it's easy but also because it fills your kitchen with the most inviting aroma.
Try making apple cobbler and you'll see why this dessert never fails to impress. And if you're looking for other delicious apple desserts, check out my classic Apple pie and Apple bread pudding recipes!
❤️ WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Effortless Preparation: This apple cobbler recipe is a breeze to make. Its straightforward list of ingredients and simple instructions will make you prepare it in no time.
Versatile: This recipe is versatile. You can use any kind of apple you like or even mix and match for a unique flavor. If you prefer a juicier cobbler, add apple or orange juice to the apples while cooking.
Irresistibly Delectable: The harmonious fusion of sweet apples, aromatic cinnamon, and a light, fluffy batter results in a dessert that leaves a lasting impression.
More details about the ingredients and measurements are in the recipe card below!
Apples: They are the star of our apple cobbler. They add a natural sweetness and a beautiful texture to the dessert. You can use any type of apple you like or even a mixture of two different types.
Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These spices add a warm, comforting flavor to the apple filling. Nutmeg is optional but highly recommended for its unique, sweet aroma.
Sugar: Sweetens the filling and the batter, enhancing the natural sweetness of the apples. You can use white or brown sugar.
Lemon Juice: Its acidity balances out the sweetness and brings out the flavor of the apples.
Butter: The fat in this recipe, it gives the apple cobbler a beautiful buttery flavor. If you're using salted butter, remember to omit the salt from the recipe.
All-Purpose Flour: It forms the batter's structure, giving it body and holding all the ingredients together.
Egg: It binds the ingredients together and adds moisture to the batter. Make sure it's at room temperature so it incorporates more easily.
Milk: It adds moisture to the batter, helping to create a smooth, pourable consistency.
Apple or Orange Juice: Optional ingredient. If you like more juice/sauce in your cobbler, then add some while cooking the apples. It adds extra flavor and makes the filling juicier.
🔪 HOW TO MAKE APPLE COBBLER
Making this easy apple cobbler recipe is an absolute breeze. Here's how to make it step by step:
Preparing the Apple Filling
Simmer the apples: In a pan, combine the apples, cinnamon powder, optional nutmeg, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high heat for about five minutes or until the apples release their juices. Set this mixture aside.
Preheat and butter your pan: In a separate, oven-safe, nine-inch baking pan, place half a cup of unsalted butter. Position the pan in an oven preheated to 350F/180C. Once the butter has fully melted, remove the pan from the oven.
Making the Batter
Sift the dry ingredients: In a separate container, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Keep this mixture aside for now.
Beat the wet ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the egg, vanilla, and sugar, then beat for about two minutes. Next, add in the milk and continue beating until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
Mix the wet and dry ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until they are combined.
Combine batter and melted butter: Pour the batter over the melted butter in the baking pan. Do not mix these together, as this could result in the batter sinking and becoming chewy.
Top with apple filling: Distribute the cooked apples evenly over the batter. Avoid mixing the apples with the batter or pushing them into it. Drizzle any leftover apple juices over the batter.
Bake and set: Place the cobbler in the oven and let it bake for about twenty-five to thirty minutes. Once it's done, take it out and let it set for about five minutes.
Serve and enjoy - After allowing the cobbler to set, it's ready to be served! For the best experience, serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream. Enjoy your homemade apple cobbler!
👩🏽🍳 PRO TIPS
Choose the right apples: For a delicious apple cobbler, choose the type of apple you prefer or even mix two different types for a unique flavor.
Add extra juice: If you prefer a juicier cobbler, consider adding a quarter cup of apple juice or orange juice while cooking the apples. This will create more sauce in your dessert.
Preheat your oven: Always preheat your oven and melt your butter in the baking pan before adding the batter. This will ensure your apple cobbler has a rich, buttery flavor and a perfectly baked crust.
Don't overmix: When combining the wet and dry ingredients for the batter, mix just until combined. Overbeating the batter can result in a chewy texture rather than a light, fluffy one.
Layer carefully: Pour the batter over the melted butter without mixing the two, then gently spread the apples over the batter without pushing them in. This will ensure distinct, delicious layers in your cobbler.
Let it set: After baking, allow the apple cobbler to set for about five minutes before serving. This will make it easier to serve and enhance the flavors.
Serve warm: For the best experience, serve your apple cobbler warm with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. The contrast between the warm cobbler and cold ice cream is irresistible!
Add Nuts: For those who love a crunch in their desserts, this variation is for you. Add a cup of chopped pecans or walnuts to the apple filling. The nuts add a nice contrast to the soft apples and make the cobbler more filling.
Spice it Up: If you're a fan of spices, add an extra half teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg to the apple filling. This will give your cobbler a more intense, warm flavor that's perfect for the colder months.
Try it with Pear: For a slightly different flavor, replace the apples with pears. Pears have a unique, sweet flavor that works wonderfully in a cobbler. You can even mix apples and pears together for a fun flavor combination.
🍽️ HOW TO SERVE
- Looking for a warm, comforting dessert? Try serving this apple cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cold ice cream and the warm cobbler create a heavenly combination that's hard to resist.
- For a sophisticated dessert option, pair a slice of apple cobbler with a cup of strong black coffee. The bitterness of the coffee cuts through the sweetness of the cobbler, creating a balanced flavor profile.
- Planning a picnic? Pack slices of this apple cobbler in your picnic basket. It makes a great outdoor treat, and you can enjoy it with a glass of cold milk for a refreshing touch.
- For a festive touch during the holiday season, serve this apple cobbler with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It's a comforting dessert that perfectly captures the spirit of the holidays.
💬 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can use any type of apple you prefer for this recipe. If you like, you can even use a mixture of two different types of apples to create a unique flavor profile.
Absolutely! If you prefer a juicier cobbler, you can add a quarter cup of apple juice or orange juice to the apples while you're cooking them.
No problem at all. If you're using salted butter, simply omit the salt from the recipe. The salt in the butter will provide enough seasoning.
The key to a fluffy and light batter is not to overbeat it. If you overbeat the batter, it won't rise properly and can turn chewy.
Yes, you definitely can. Both versions are delicious, but keep in mind that the batter version is lighter and fluffier. If you opt to use biscuits, make sure not to overmix the dough to maintain a tender texture.
Refrigerate: After the apple cobbler has cooled down, you can store it in the refrigerator. Just cover the dish with plastic wrap or transfer the cobbler to an airtight container. It can be kept in the fridge for up to four days.
Reheating Instructions: When you're ready for another serving of your apple cobbler, you can easily reheat it in the oven at a low temperature or in the microwave. If reheating in the oven, cover the cobbler with aluminum foil to prevent it from drying out.
Freezing: Unfortunately, apple cobbler doesn't freeze well due to the cake batter layer. When thawed, the texture of the batter can become soggy and unappetizing.
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Apple Cobbler Recipe
FOR THE FILLING
- 3 cups peeled and sliced apples
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg optional
- ⅓ cup sugar white or brown
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
FOR THE BATTER
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ cup milk
FOR THE FILLING
- In a pan, add the apples, cinnamon powder, nutmeg (optional), sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium-high for 5 minutes or until juices comes out of the apples. Keep aside.
- In a 9-inch baking pan add half a cup of unsalted butter. Place the baking pan in a preheated oven of 350F/180C, when the butter melts remove it from the oven.
TO MAKE THE BATTER
- Sift the flour with baking powder, and salt. Keep aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add the egg, vanilla, sugar, and beat for 2 minutes.
- Add the milk and beat until combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined, do not over mix the batter even if you see few small lumps.
- Pour the batter over the melted butter, do not mix the two or the batter will sink and turn chewy.
- Gently spread the apples over the batter and do not mix it with the batter or push it in the batter. Pour the juices from the apples all over the batter.
- Bake the cobbler for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow the apple cobbler to set for 5 minutes.
- Serve with ice cream and enjoy.