Growing up in upstate New York, it was a tradition every fall to go to the apple orchards and pick a basket of fresh juicy apples. Now that I live in Arizona, our fall season is not exactly the same, but I still make an effort every Autumn to get to my local farmers market and grab a bag of fresh apples from Northern Arizona. Juicy and sweet, apples are a great source of fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6, and can be used in everything from drinks, salads, entreés, and dessert. Some of my favorite recipes with apples include hot apple cider, apple fritters, apple pie, and this delicious Cinnamon Apple Cobbler.
Cinnamon Apple Cobbler
Every time I make this Cinnamon Apple Cobbler, it reminds me of my Babci (Polish for Grandmother) who used to whip up delicious homemade peach, raspberry, and apple cobblers with just a few ingredients already found in her kitchen. In the time it would take us to sit down for dinner, she would have a cobbler mixed up and in the oven baking!
Most cobblers are made with peach, blueberries, or cherries (which are yummy too) but this cinnamon apple cobbler is just as amazing. It starts with apples, tossed in sugar and a healthy touch of cinnamon, then baked in fluffy cake-like batter. You can substitute blueberries, cherries, or peaches for the apples, any kind of fresh fruit will work, but make sure you thicken the fruit before putting it in the pan. Easy to make, it takes only 40 minutes in the oven. Serve the cobbler warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream for a perfect Autumn dessert.
It’s All About the Apple
Let’s apples for a second. Do you know the difference between apple varieties? For this cobbler, you want an apple that has just the right amount of sweet and tart, with a firm crunch so it will hold its shape while baking. Here are some of my favorite apples to use in my baked goods.
Granny Smith: Granny Smith apples are crunchy and tart with a thick green skin. They are great in apple cobblers, pies, and other desserts.
Jazz: Jazz apples are tangy-sweet and are extra firm, perfect for apple cakes and strudel where you don’t want the apple to turn to mush.
Honey Crisp: The perfect blend of sweet and tart. Honey Crisps are juicy apples, so make certain you compensate with your dry ingredients, adding about 2 Tbsp more flour.
Envy: Sweet and crisp, you can use about 1/8 c. less sugar in a recipe if you use envy apples.
Golden Delicious: These apples are mildly sweet with a touch of tang. If you use these apples, balance with Granny Smith or Honey Crisp.
MacIntosh, Gala, and Red Delicious apples are wonderful for eating fresh, they do not make great baking apples because they get too mushy.
Do you know the difference between apple cobbler and apple crisp? Apple cobbler has a cake-like batter with apples baked into it; apple crisp is baked apples with an oatmeal-flour-butter crunch topping. Both are tasty, it just depends on your dessert mood!
Want to make this a bit healthier? Try the following substitutions in the recipe.
- Flour: Use coconut or almond flour instead of bleached white flour.
- Sugar: Use coconut sugar instead of white sugar.
- Butter: Use grass-fed butter or coconut oil as a replacement for table butter.
- Milk: Use almond milk instead of cows milk.
Looking for a few more fall recipes with apple?
- Cranberry Apple Strudel
- Buttermilk Apple Cider Donuts
- Roast Pork with Apple Pan Gravy
- Caramel Apple Pie Parfait