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How to Make Quick Apple Crunch Cobbler
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!
What's the best way to eat apples?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step 7: Bake
Bake the cobbler at 325 degrees, on the center rack, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
The Apple Crunch Cobbler is comforting warm, and also tasty chilled. And, you can ABSOLUTELY serve it with ice cream and/or whipped topping!
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 45 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: 6 to 8
- 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
- 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.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Wash, core, and cut the apples into 1 inch pieces.
- Put the apples in an ungreased 9 to 10 inch round pie plate.
- Pour 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.
- Top with the granola.
- Bake at 325 degrees, on the center rack, for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the apples are tender.
- Serve warm or chilled.