When we bought our home, we were really excited about the single apple tree that sits in the backyard. Last year, it didn't produce anything due to the late frosts, so our hopes weren't too high that we would get anything this year either. But, lo and behold, this year it fought off the late frosts and now, this baby is growing apples like a pro.

Maizy is obsessed with these apples, they are her new favorite fetching toy and treat. Kyle and I have been taste testing them for the past few weeks, and this week it seemed like they were sweet enough to be thrown into a recipe!

Right before the storm came last night, my friend, Anna, and I rushed outside and gathered a few apples to see what we could concoct. (By the way, that baby is due any day now!)

Prior to this week, I had no idea what "French Apple Cobbler" was. But, in my tired but excited state, somehow I looked up recipes for Apple Cobbler instead of Apple Crumble (which is what I was picturing we'd be making!). Here's the recipe we used: French Apple Cobbler.
Essentially it's more of a cake batter topping (aka, not crumbles.)

We ended up doubling the recipe since we got overzealous with our apple picking, but our coworkers are thanking us for that today.

The recipe was super simple! Nothing crazy, just the basic baking ingredients:

For the apples:
  • 5 cups tart apples, peeled, sliced
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
Mix together in a bowl, set aside.

For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
Combine all topping ingredients and whip until it resembles a thick cake-like batter.

Then, spray the pan and spread out the apples. Using a large spoon, drop the batter over the apples, equally separated. Then use the back of the spoon (or fork) to spread it around to cover the apples.

Bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

It's not the prettiest of all desserts, but taste trumped appearance.

The topping is similiar to a sweet sponge cake, which goes perfectly with a dollop of vanilla ice cream :)  I'll admit that crumble still has my heart though.

This weekend I'm venturing into my families homemade apple pie recipe, crust in all. Looks like there will be an ever-presence of apple desserts at our home for a while! Thanks tree :)


  1. So jealous!! I've always wanted an apple tree. This looks yummy, but I think I'm with you on crumble topping. And now I might have a craving going on....

  2. That is exactly what I would have done if I still had an apple tree! Maybe it's time to start canning apples so you can have free apple cobbler all year long.

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