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How to Make Quick Apple Crunch Cobbler

Updated on August 17, 2014

Apple Dessert for the Pie Crust Impaired

Always wanted to bring homemade apple pie to the family table but can't make pie crust to save your soul? Well, here's an easy way to make an apple dessert that will have your guests' mouths watering. Don't tell anyone, but the Apple Crunch Cobbler is healthy, too: low in fat and sugar and high in fiber. Yummy and noble all at once! Yippee!

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You'll need:

3/4 cup apple cider (or juice)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried cranberries (i.e., Craisins) or raisins

4 cups apples – about 4 apples (your choice of variety)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

2 cups granola

Step 1: Soften the Dried Cranberries

In a small bowl, combine the room temperature apple cider and vanilla extract. Add the dried cranberries and soak for at least 10 minutes, and up to an hour.

Step 2: Prepare the Oven

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

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Step 3: Prepare the Apples

Wash, core, and cut the apples into 1 inch pieces.

Don't think you have to use "baking apples." Choose varieties you enjoy eating out of hand, and maybe some you've never tried. I used 3 different varieties of apples when I made this: Cameo, Courtland, and Red Delicious.

Although this recipe uses the more "rustic" (and nutritious) "peel-on" apples, you could certainly peel and slice the apples, if you prefer. That might even be easier than chopping if you have one of those do-it-all crank gizmos to prepare the apples.

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Step 4: Place Apples in the Pie Plate

Put the apples in an ungreased 9 to 10 inch round pie plate. If using a variety of apples, toss them to make sure they are well mixed.

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Step 5: Add Cider and Cranberries

Pour the cider and cranberries over the apples, making sure the cranberries are evenly distributed.

Combine the spices and sprinkle them evenly over the apples and cranberries.

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Step 6: Add the Granola

Top with the granola. Choose a good granola that doesn't have unnecessary additives. Check your grocer's organic food section for wholesome granolas.

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Step 7: Bake

Bake the cobbler at 325 degrees, on the center rack, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender.

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Enjoy!

The Apple Crunch Cobbler is comforting warm, and also tasty chilled. And, you can ABSOLUTELY serve it with ice cream and/or whipped topping!

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  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup apple cider (or juice)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (i.e. Craisins) or raisins
  • 4 cups apples -- about 4 apples (your choice of variety)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups granola

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine room temperature apple cider and vanilla extract. Add the dried cranberries and soak for at least 10 minutes, and up to an hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Wash, core, and cut the apples into 1 inch pieces.
  4. Put the apples in an ungreased 9 to 10 inch round pie plate.
  5. Pour cider and cranberries over the apples, making sure the cranberries are evenly distributed.
  6. Combine the spices and sprinkle them evenly over the apples and cranberries.
  7. Top with the granola.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees, on the center rack, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
  9. Serve warm or chilled.
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    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Sounds so good! I think I will try it this evening. :-)

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      This recipe sounds delicious!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sounds and looks so yummy! *blessed

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      OMGoodness! You had me at "pie crust impaired", but to start and end up this page with a drool-worthy photo was genius! YAY!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can almost smell it and am waiting...and I was noticing that clean oven too...is that a spare just for photo ops? Simple, delicious, healthy...the best of all worlds! I love the idea of softening the craisins and no more peeling those apples, yummily done!

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Fantastic apple recipe! I'm most impressed by how clean your oven is in step 7...would ya, could ya come over to my place :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes please, and a good dip or two of Dulce de Leche ice cream, some whipped cream, and I'd be as happy as a pig in....well you know! Great recipe I will definitely try. YUM!!

    • whiteskyline lm profile image

      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      That looks really delicious, I'll take two and a pint of caramel.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      That's even easier than apple crumble with the oatmeal, butter and sugar mixed for the topping. Thanks for this easy recipe.

    • KellydeBorda profile image

      KellydeBorda 5 years ago

      What a yummy sounding recipe - and so easy! Absolutely love all your great pictures, too. Blessed!