The First Lady has a unique, slow method of preparing this cobbler. She marinates the apples in their spicy, sugary juices overnight, then slow cooks the cobbler at a low temperature to gradually break down the apples and crisp up the crust. The end result is absolutely heavenly: the cinnamon and nutmeg are perfectly balanced; the slow marination and long cook-time create a complex, caramel flavor; the apples dissolve upon bite, and the crust is as crispy as promised.
I used the lesser amount of sugar, and opted for a crisscross pattern on the top of the cobbler rather than covering the entire baking dish. Despite the 12 or more hours it requires to make this cobbler, it is a cherished, special occasion treat to be enjoyed during family gatherings or neighborhood barbecues.
Make the recipe here.
8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (or a bag of frozen peeled apples)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup white flour
3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
1 stick of butter
- Mix these [filling] ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples.
- Preheat oven at 325 degrees F. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish.
- Roll out three pie crusts real thin — as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1 1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it. Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1 1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan).
- Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.
- Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours — that's what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn't burn. Serve anytime.
Serves 8-10 slices.
- Desserts, Cobblers
- North American
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