The cinnamon biscuit topping in this classic cobbler is easy to make, and easily adjustable. Reduce the buttermilk by 2 tablespoons for a crumblier, more streusel-like topping, or add 2 tablespoons to make it softer and cakelike. The cobbler can be made ahead and rewarmed: Tent it with foil and warm it in a 325-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serves: 9 persons
- 4tablespoons/55 grams unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
- 6to 8 medium apples (about 2 1/4 pounds), such as Honeycrisp, Granny Smith or Gala, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 6 1/2 cups/1000 grams)
- 2tablespoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 1 ½teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1cup/220 grams light or dark brown sugar
- 1tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1teaspoon ground ginger
- ½teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¾teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½cup/100 grams granulated sugar
- ⅓cup/45 grams all-purpose flour
- Unsalted butter, at room temperature, or nonstick cooking spray
- 2cups/255 grams all-purpose flour
- ⅓cup/75 grams light brown sugar
- 1tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 ½teaspoons baking powder
- ½teaspoon fine sea salt
- 6tablespoons/85 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
- ½cup/120 milliliters cold buttermilk
- 1large egg
- 1teaspoon vanilla extract
- Turbinado sugar, as needed, for finishing
Step 1Make the filling: In a medium pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add apples, tossing to coat in the butter. Add lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt and stir to combine. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the apples start to soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
Step 2In a small bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and flour. Add to the pot and stir well to combine. Stir constantly until the mixture thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. (If you'd like to make it ahead of time, the filling will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.)
Step 3Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with a thin layer of butter or a coating of nonstick spray, and scoop the filling into the pan.
Step 4Prepare the cobbler: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt together to combine. Add the butter and toss well until each piece is coated fully with flour. Use your hands or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a coarse meal; the butter should be almost completely worked into the flour.
Step 5Make a well in the center of the bowl, then add the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Use a fork or small whisk to first beat the egg lightly, then stir all the ingredients together until well combined.
Step 6Using a spoon, drop the batter in large dollops all over the cobbler. (Most of the surface will be covered, but some of the filling should still be visible.) Generously sprinkle turbinado sugar over the surface.
Step 7Transfer to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbly and the biscuit topping is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool at least 10 minutes before serving warm.