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Just this fall, I have made endless desserts with apples – and I have been challenging myself to make a different one each time. The most difficult thing about that is the fact that most of the time I only have a short period of time in which to make these, so inevitably, that reduces the scope possibilities.

Despite this, leafing through cookbooks and fellow foodblogs, I have managed to keep it relatively creative. I made this recipe with apples that were picked off a tree and wild blueberries from the Byward Market in Ottawa. What a delight!

The great thing about this cobbler is that it is versatile and can be consumed for breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Ingredients – 6 portions

-1.5 cups all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup rolled oats
-pinch salt
-1.5 tsp baking powder
-1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
-1/2 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
-1 egg
-1 Tbsp milk or cream
-1 Tbsp sugar + 1/2 tsp cardamom, mixed

-3 cups diced apples
-1-2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
-1/2 cup walnut or pecan bits
-juice from 1/2 lemon
-2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
-2 Tbsp brown sugar (optional – omit if you like desserts that are not very sweet or if your apples are very sweet)
-1/2 tsp cardamom
-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and oats together. Cut butter into flour mixture until small lumps remain. In a separate bowl, mix maple syrup or honey with egg. Pour into flour mixture, and quickly form into a ball. Cover and refrigerate while you cut the fruit.

Core and cut the apples into small pieces. In a bowl, toss the apples with the lemon juice. Add the blueberries, and then the flour, brown sugar, nuts, and spices. Toss until the entire mixture is covered.

Lightly grease a deep 8-inch square baking dish (I often use casserole dishes). Place fruit inside. Divide the dough into several pieces (I like to do 5), and flatten them with the palm of your hand. Place one in each corner of the pan and one in the middle – most of the fruit should be covered. Now, lightly brush the milk or cream on top of the crust, and then sprinkle the whole top with the cardamom sugar.

This recipe is absolutely delicious with vanilla yogurt, frozen yogurt, or ice cream! Or, if you haven’t tried apple-based desserts with a slice of sharp cheddar, this might just be the time.

-Sitelle

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