Saturday, October 1, 2011

Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Biscuits.

Happy October everyone!  Can you believe it's already here?

I sure can't.  But I'm pretty darn excited about it.  If I haven't told you yet, I'm quite smitten with the month of October.  There are so many wonderful things about it....including all sorts of yummy, delightful, delectable, scrumptious food.  Too redundant?  Never.

 So what have I been up to you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  Like I mentioned in the last post, that precious mother of mine is now here.  We've been busy shopping, eating, doing fun touristy things,  and of course a little baking.  Basically everything that a good mother/daughter weekend should consist of.

And guess what else we did?

"You went snorkeling in the Charles!?"  ...Eeek.  Nope, no snorkeling.

"Marcia Bell got a tattoo??" ...Yeah right.

"You met Ryan Reynolds!"  ...I wish.  He is in Boston right now.  Or was a couple of days ago.

You give up?  Don't worry.  It was difficult.  We never do things like this.

We...uh, went apple picking...again. 

Listen, I know the amount of apple related blogs I've posted lately is absurd.  However....I may have one more for you.  One more for now anyways.  I'm not promising the apple recipes will go away forever.  That's asking too much.  Because I like apples.  Especially when I can climb a tree and pluck them off of the tree myself.

Apple Cobbler...with Cheddar Biscuits
-from honey & jam

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, for baking dish
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 7-8 apples
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/3 cups cold buttermilk (maybe a little more)
1. Grab those 7-8 apples.
2. Peel and core.
3. Cut into 1/4 inch thick slices.
4. In a mixing bowl combine brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and salt.
5. Mix with your hands.
6. Add the sliced apples and toss gently to coat.
7. Stir in the juice from one lemon.
8. Put into a 3 quart baking dish that has been rubbed with butter.
9. Preheat oven to 375°.  Cut butter into small cubes and place on top of apples.  Let dish sit for about 15 minutes while the oven is preheating.  Cover apples with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
10. Once the apples are in the oven, grate your cheese.
11. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
12. Whisk.
13.  Add 2 cups of cheese.
14. Make a well in the flour and cheese mixture.  Add buttermilk.
15. Mix until the dry ingredients are moist.  If it's too dry, add more buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time.
16. Grab your apples out of the oven and get rid of the foil.  Drop biscuit dough on top in 1/4 cup portions.  I had 9 biscuits.  You can do more or less.
17. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of sugar over the top of the biscuits.
18. Return cobbler to oven and bake without the foil for an additional 30-40 minutes.
19.  The biscuits should be golden brown, the apples tender, and the juices bubbly.
20. Oooh.  Aaaah.
21.  Eat!

Coming up: We've been ogling over the idea of making brisket.  So maybe that?  But the boys have also been begging for pumpkin maybe that?  Guess you'll just have to wait and see!

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