Apple and Pecan Cobbler


My favourite memory associated with apples is about my mom making fresh apple jam at home, and I'd be sitting on the kitchen top, watching her make that wonderful jam that would hardly suffice for 4-5 days before she'd have to make another batch! (of course, my brother consumed as much as I did!!) But in recent years, I've never really cooked anything out of apples. So as I scoured the web to find something that interests me, I found this simple apple cobbler recipe, and as I hadn't tried making a cobbler either, I knew I had found something to keep me busy this weekend. Here's my Apple and Pecan Cobbler recipe with a touch of Lavender and Nutmeg. I was skeptical about lavender at first, as cinnamon is a more widely paired spice with apples, but I tried it because my mind loved the flavor combo! The result, a delicate flavored cobbler which turned into an amazing dessert paired with vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients

Filling
1/4 cup sugar ( use 1/2 cup if the apples are not too sweet)
1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp lavender extract (or essence; you can even use fresh lavendar flowers)
2 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup unsalted butter
4-5 tart apples (such as granny smith)- peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup pecans - chopped
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp nutmeg powder (jaayfal)

Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter - chilled and cut into cubes
1 tsp orange zest (optional)
1 cup heavy cream (or you can use 1/2 cup milk too)

Method
Melt the butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the apple slices, pecans, lemon juice, nutmeg, sugar and finally the flour. Cover partially and cook until the apples are soft and tender (about 10 mins). Stir in the vanilla and lavender essence. Remove from heat and transfer to greased pie dish.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt for the crust. Cut in butter and mix with your fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir orange zest into cream and then use a fork to stir this mixture into the flour until the dough just holds together. Youu do not have to blend anything, so this should be fairly simple. Just mix everything with your fingers so everything is evenly coated and greased, and form a crumbled dough similar to small peas. Now roll into a long loaf the size of your baking dish with your hand or a rolling pin. Layer this over the apple mixture to cover it evenly. Grease with the remaining cream. Poke the dough in palces so that steam can escape.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and bake the dish for 10 mins. You can use less temperature setting if you've already almost-cooked the apples. Then reduce the heat to 350 deg and bake for another 15-20 mins.

Once done, remove and allow the Apple Cobbler to cool a little. Then slice it into small rectangles for individual servings. Layer a piece on a plate, top it with vanilla ice cream and/or caramel sauce and serve immediately!!

Tip: If you are unsure about the lavender in the recipe, try a small amount on a first try. I was hesitant too, but the combination really works. And paired with nutmeg and orange zest in the crust, the lavender is not too pronounced, yet gives a delicate flavor and a beautiful aroma to the cobbler. I'd suggest you surely give this a try!!


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17 comments :

Denise said...

ooh!! those flavors look good!!! I am not at all skeptical about lavender, i think it tastes amazing!! and your addition of nutmeg makes me wanna give this recipe a 10!! beautiful way to make a cobbler:)

-Denise

Maryann said...

That's a nice memory about your mom. We are in apple season and I have to get myself to the orchards. I love the cobbler. With ice cream it's even better :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow...looks yummmm :-)
I guess it had a great flavor :-)

Anonymous said...

I think this is a fantastic dish..like atraditional recipe with a makeover! I loved all the flavors - lavender, nutmeg, orange zest- they blend very well together!

Tee said...

Just today afternoon i was searching for an apple cobbler recipe...and here it is! :) Looks divine and going straight to my list of bookmarks.

Daily Meals said...

Looks dilicious...

Margot at Coffee & Vanilla said...

Apple and Pecan!! It must be delicious...

I used to be vegetarian for many years since I was teenager but then I start eating fish because of some health issues... I cook also chicken because of my better half and kids... but if it was for me I could eat only veg.

When I saw info about the World Vegetarian Day I registered to host the event because I believe in the cause like you.

Asha said...

Great combo of flavors.Must smell heavenly.Great entry Mansi:))

Padma said...

looks fantastic, will have to try this

Kate said...

lavender and apple ... i'm sure it must've been a gr8 match .

Kelly Mahoney said...

That looks fantastic! I wouldn't mind having some right now. And a la mode! That dish is after my own heart.

Shailja said...

oh man! dessert ho to aisa!! my mom keeps telling me to eat apples as they are good for health; I'll ask her to make this for me if she wants me to eat apples:D hahhaa...

-Shailja

african vanielje said...

mansi, that looks truly delicious. I'm so pleased you participated in TGRWT#6. It is brilliant to try new combos.

Cris said...

I discovered lavender just now too with the Leftover queen event and I am so happy I did! Love cobblers, love yours!

Cynthia said...

You make some delicious sweet treats.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I loved the addition of lavendar to this...I think it'll taste great...and can already smell the wonderful aroma of nutmeg with that of apples!! hmm...lavish!!:D

Hippolyra said...

Thanks for taking part in this one - I was going to do an apple and lavender dish and ran out of time!

Check back next week for my round up for British Food Fortnight!

Hippolyra