Fall is here! Fall is here! Can you tell that I’m excited? It’s hard to believe that it is officially Fall when it is still 95 degrees here in Nebraska. The weather needs to get with the program! Oh well, it’s looking like it will cool off next week and I can go full-speed ahead into cozy mode. One way to do so is to whip up a batch of this Apple Pie Cobbler! Stone fruits and berries don’t need to be the only stars in a cobbler. Take one bite of this Apple Pie Cobbler and it’s like the sweet apple pie of your dreams without all the work! Don’t forget about the quick caramel sauce topping, because what isn’t better with caramel drizzled on top of it?
We went to the annual Applejack Festival held in Nebraska City last week and hand-picked these beautiful Jonathan apples, so they were fresh and juicy! Since I had fresh Jonathan apples on hand, I went ahead and used those, but you can use your apple of choice in this dish (I would stay away from really sweet ones such as Red Delicious). This dessert screams fall and comfort, and you don’t even have to slave over it! It is the perfect fall dessert to feed a crowd, bring to a holiday party, or to bake a batch and have leftovers to heat up throughout the week. Be careful, though, because this cobbler is so good that my yellow lab decided to eat almost the whole thing while I was running errands! It was covered on the counter and she just sat on up there and had herself a nice, big snack.
The biscuit topping gives this cobbler a “pillow-effect” that is just so compatible with the sweet, juicy, cinnamon apples underneath. Call me crazy, but I love apple skins and peach skins, so I always leave them on my fruit, but you can definitely peel your fruit before baking if you prefer! Leaving the skins on does give the apples a little bit more of a bite in texture, so if you want to avoid this then I would recommend peeling them prior. Bake this Apple Pie Cobbler up this fall, drizzle on some quick caramel sauce and dollop with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to get the full apple pie effect!
Apple Pie Cobbler with a Caramel Drizzle
For the cobbler:
- 5 apples of choice (peeled or skins on), cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 16 oz can of biscuits, approximately 8 biscuits, each cut into fourths
For the caramel drizzle:
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the apples, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon until the apples are coated. Pour the mixture into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish.
- Arrange the biscuit pieces evenly across the top of the apple mixture. Sprinkle the top of the biscuits with the additional 1/2 teaspoon of sugar. Bake for 25 minutes, and then reduce the heat to 325 and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown and the apples are bubbling underneath and soft.
- While the cobbler is baking, start the caramel sauce about 10 minutes prior to serving the cobbler. In a small saucepan, bring the sweetened condensed milk, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and the vanilla extract to a low simmer over medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom. Continue to let it bubble and stir it until the mixture darkens slightly to a caramel color, about 10 minutes. Keep warm until serving (otherwise it will thicken) and stir in the milk completely prior to drizzling the caramel sauce onto the cobbler.