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A mug of hot cider and a fresh apple cobbler – just thinking about it makes my mouth water! How could it not? Warm, gooey fruit, crispy cumbles, a dollop of ice cream?
The cobbler is a uniquely American dessert. Like many food innovations of early America, it was an attempt by colonists to improvise classic British dishes with the ingredients available in America.
Cobbler is a great go-to for dessert, especially if you’re strapped for time. All you need is fresh fruit, butter, some kind of bread crumble, and maybe a dash of cinnamon. It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their fruit, too!
A Holiday Cobbler
Since the holidays are here, why not celebrate with a seasonal cobbler or two? This pumpkin apple cobbler recipe is a fresh fall variation your family is sure to love.
One thing you’ll notice about this pumpkin apple cobbler recipe is that it has a couple of ingredients you probably don’t keep in your pantry.
You can buy pumpkin butter in the store, but it’s quick and easy to make yourself; all you need are a few ingredients. Since you’ll have extra, you can use the leftover pumpkin butter on a bagel or English muffin. If your kids like pumpkin, you can also use it with peanut butter on their sandwiches for school!
If you want a creamier, richer butter, substitute one cup of sugar for ¾ cup of maple syrup.
You can make the pumpkin quick bread yourself, too, but that’s really more hassle than it’s worth. If you can’t readily find a pumpkin bread mix at your local grocery, there are some easy substitutions you can make.
If you have biscuit mix in your pantry, cut it with the butter instead. This will make more of a traditional cobbler topping. You can also mix regular flour with the butter to make a pastry crust.
If you want more of a crunch, mix some pecans or walnuts (or both) into your crumble. This pairs nicely with both the pumpkin and apple.
People associate apples with the fall, but pears don’t get enough love. In fact, the right pear can make a great pie, or even a cobbler, and there’s a good chance your kids won’t even notice the difference.
Just like apples, some pears are good for baking and others aren’t. If you want to use pears instead of apples, try using a Bosc or Anjou pear. Like the Granny Smith apple, these pears keep their shape better when you bake them.
If you’re feeling adventurous, split the apples and pears 50/50 in the cobbler. This will really bring a fresh taste to the dessert, and pears go alongside pumpkin quite nicely.
What to Serve It With
Since this pumpkin apple cobbler isn’t super sweet, it’s a great follow-up for a lot of different meals. It makes an especially great dessert for homey cooking.
This cobbler is a perfect companion for an oven-baked macaroni and cheese. It is also an ideal dessert for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. It also goes great served alongside homemade yams.
No matter what you put on the dinner table, this pumpkin apple cobbler is a great way to end your meal.Print
- 8 small Granny Smith apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- ¾ cup pumpkin butter
- ½ (14 ounce) package pumpkin quick bread mix
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a medium bowl, stir together the apples and pumpkin butter. Spread evenly into an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
- Pour the pumpkin bread mix into a bowl, and cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the apples.
- Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the apples are tender enough to insert a fork. Serve warm with whipped cream.