November 2011 Archives

Harvest Cobbler

Alyssa Dole
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Harvest Cobbler
Yield: 4-6 Servings
For the Topping

½ Cup               all-purpose flour
½ teaspoons     salt
6Tablespoons   COLD butter
½ Cup               brown sugar
1 ½  Cups         oats
½ Cup               slivered almonds
1 teaspoon        cinnamon
½ teaspoon       ginger 
1 Tablespoon    room temperature butter

For the Filling
2 Cups             apples, any variety
2 Cups             pears, any variety
¼ Cup              brown sugar
¼ Cup              honey or agave nectar

*Preheat oven to 375°F*

For the Filling
•    Cut apples and pears into small pieces.  Add to bowl.
•    Measure the brown sugar and honey.  Add to the bowl.
•    Mix with a spoon to coat fruit and set aside.

For the Topping
•    Measure flour and salt, put into a separate bowl. 
•    Cut COLD butter into small pieces.  Add to the same bowl.
•    Using clean hands, coat the butter in flour, and then squish the butter in between your fingers.  Keep squishing the large pieces until the mixture looks like wet sand.
•    Measure the oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger and add to the same bowl.  Mix with clean hands and set aside.
To Assemble
•    Using clean hands, cover the sides and bottom of the cake tin with the room temperature butter.
•    Pour in the filling, and then cover with the topping.
•    Cover with aluminum and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the foil and bake for another 5 - 8 minutes.
Variations: Try using different seasonal fruits and adding herbs for extra flavor!

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