October 13, 2009

Recipe: Apple Cobbler - Liberty Tree Tavern

Fall is here, which means it's time for apple picking, which means it's time to make apple desserts! So this past weekend I piled into a car with some friends, braved the BQE, and went to New Paltz to pick some organic apples. And so I proudly present to you the recipe for the apple cobbler at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom. It's as American as apple ... cobbler.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Allow yourself about 30-45 minutes to prepare everything. Do not eat anything, because once you smell this coming out of the oven, your dinner plans are going to go out the window.

Cobbler Crust Dough:

3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter cut into ¼ inch pieces
4 tablespoons Crisco – vegetable oil

Do the Dough
1. Sift the flour, sugar, and salt into a large bowl. Using your fingers, work in the butter and shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add 2 tablespoons ice water and work with your fingers until the water is incorporated and the dough comes together. Add more water if needed.

2. Spray the inside of a 9x13x2 inch glass or ceramic baking dish with a non-stick coating. Roll out pie dough on a lightly floured surface and line the baking dish with dough (as for an apple pie)

Apple Filling:
4 pounds Baking Apples – Golden Delicious (I used Cortlands)
½ cup Sugar
1 ½ cups Brown sugar
½ teaspoon Nutmeg – ground
½ cup Flour

Prepare les Pommes
1. Sift dry ingredients together.

2. Put apples in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

3. Add dry ingredients and cook until apples are soft and ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

4. Remove apples from heat and chill thoroughly. Place cooled apple filling into dish.

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 ounces Cream cheese – softened at room temperature
1 large egg
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Cheese It Up
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Top apples with cream cheese mixture and swirl into apples slightly.

Oatmeal Streusel:
¾ cup All –purpose flour
½ teaspoon Cinnamon – ground
½ cup Brown Sugar – packed
¾ cup Rolled Oats
½ cup Butter – Unsalted

To Finish

1. Spread streusel mixture evenly over top of apple/cream cheese mixture.

2. Bake in center of oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Mmm ... delicious. I'm making this again for Thanksgiving. It's that good.


Miss Priscilla Rosenblaum said...

Looks so yummy! I'm gonna try this out!