Close But No Cigar Cobbler
My husband’s favorite desserts are of the apple or berry cobbler/crumble/betty/pie variety. That also happens to be the type of dessert that I am the worst at. I have never made a delicious pie crust. I tried for years and finally now just use store bought. Which would be fine, but he actually likes the cobbler/crumble types more. So I try.
Sometimes I am successful, sometimes I am not. This year I was close. The filling was delicious if a little runny. The crumble top was sort of gross. Why am I post it then? Because I know some of you are better bakers than I am and maybe can help a girl out and see maybe where the recipe didn’t work. Also, the filling is seriously delicious. Use it in your own recipe.
Classic blackberry and apple crumble
adapted from Cobblers & Crumbles by Maxine Clark
6 small apples (I used fuji)
8 ounces fresh blackberries
1/4 cup super fine sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, chilled
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Peel, core and slice apples.
- Combine in a mixing bowl with remaining filling ingredients and mix well. Transfer to oven proof baking dish
- For crumble: combine flour and salt in a clean mixing bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender.* Combine with sugar.
- Distribute the topping mix over the filling in the dish.
- Place on baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream, light cream or creme anglaise.
*This is what I did. The directions actually say “rub butter into the flour with salt until it resembles bread crumbs, stir in sugar” but that didn’t happen. I tried using my fingers and just got giant clumps and the switched to the pastry blender.
Also. I KNOW I took at least a photo of it with my phone, but it has disappeared so clearly my phone hated it too.