Apple Cranberry Cobbler

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It's the last day of November. Which means a couple of things:

First, it means the premiere of Top Chef All-Stars tomorrow night. A couple of years ago I thought about how they should make a Top Chef All-Stars, and now I can't believe my wish is coming true.

I'm sure I'm getting my hopes up too high like I did with Top Chef Desserts, but I'm still hoping it will be really good. What happened with Top Chef Desserts? Was that show kind of a disaster or was it just me? Don't get me wrong, I mean, I watched every single episode. I didn't really care who won in the end. Meh.

However, I do care about who wins Top Chef All-Stars. I think the top contenders will be Tiffani from season one, Marcel from season two, Dale from season four, and... gosh, I don't know! They're all so good! I always felt like Tiffani should have won the first season, so maybe this is her year.

Man, I'm a nerd.

Where was I?

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Oh, and the end of November means it's time to begin your Christmas shopping if you haven't already. This year I vow to start shopping NOW and not wait until the week before Christmas. This year I vow not buy almost everyone gift cards. Gift cards are the easy way out. Then again, I love gift cards.

I've been asking every family member what they want for Christmas, but I can't get a straight answer out of them. Nobody really wants to come out and say what they want. I guess because it seems selfish? That's how I feel when I ask for something I want. It does kind of take the fun out of Christmas when you give somebody exactly what they asked for. But it's practical.

That foot massage bath I bought for mom one year? Failure.
The Atari video game I bought for my dad one year? Total failure.

So family, boyfriend, friends, pets, please tell me what you want for Christmas.

Otherwise I'll buy you something cooking related.

Cast iron skillets and silicon pastry brushes for everyone!! Yaaay.

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The gift of dessert is a great one, don't you think? Maybe I won't give my family a dessert for Christmas, but I would like to bake some desserts for some family friends.

Probably not Apple Cranberry Cobbler, though. I was thinking more on the lines of cookies. This cobbler was very, very good - I made it about two weeks ago, I believe.

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It all began when I saw bags of cranberries at the store. Cranberries are so pretty, bright and shiny and I can never resist them. I think they're underappreciated - you can use them in so many things besides cranberry sauce.

So this is only the first of many cranberry desserts still to come. I have to use cranberries while they're in season, otherwise I'll regret it.

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First you combine apples, sugar, and spices in a bowl and set it aside while you give the cranberries a quick cook in a little bit of sugar. The fruit is mixed together in a 13x9-inch baking dish before topping it with dough mixture. I really loved the dough I used for this cobbler. It's biscuit-like and made with butter, cream cheese, eggs, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

You drop spoonfuls of dough over the fruit before baking for 45 minutes. Then you should probably let the cobbler cool a while before serving it with vanilla ice cream.

Or you could eat if for breakfast which is what I did.

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Apple Cranberry Cobbler

6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

3 cups cranberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 ounces cold reduced fat cream cheese, cut into chunks
2 large eggs
2/3 cup milk

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch baking dish.

In a large bowl, stir together apples, 1/2 cup sugar, and spices until well combined; set aside.

Stir together cranberries and 1/3 cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, until cranberries start to break down and get juicy.

Pour apple mixture and cranberry mixture into baking dish and stir until combined.

To make the biscuit topping, in a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Knead in butter and cream cheese using fingertips or a pastry blender until well incorporated and mixture starts to clump together. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined; add wet ingredient to dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.

Drop spoonfuls of biscuit topping evenly over fruit. Bake 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Makes 8 servings


29 comments:

  1. It's true that Christman is so close now! I already began my shopping (for the firts time in my life i'm not last minute!!!). This cobbler is so tempting, not just because it looks so good but because I have apples and cranberries at home!!!!

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  2. mm i love cranberry desserts! i would like to have some of this for my breakfast right now!

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  3. This looks like an amazing dessert or breakfast!

    We bought a case of cranberry bags at work and have had a blast incorporating them into absolutely everything.

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  4. Oh yes, we would absolutely be eating this for breakfast!

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  5. Yummy! This cobbler sounds delicious! and I am so excited about Top Chef all Stars too! I really liked Dale too! It will be interesting to watch because the last 2 seasons (desserts and Washington DC) just didn't hold my attention

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  6. Apples and cranberries are a welcome addition to the holidays!!

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  7. I started to watch top chef just desserts on hulu, but hulu never updated so I totally forgot about watching it/: I didn't really think it was the best, they kept Zach around way too long.

    I've never made a cobbler before, it looks very good! I should make this. I have a bag of frozen cranberries in the freezer.

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  8. i am so with you on the top chef desserts, it was weird and not that good. i only sorta liked seeing what they made, the inclusion of that crazy male chef with the personality/family problems was weird, and it seemed more a contender for a soap opera emmy than any real reality tv show. too much drama! im super excited for tomorrow's start too! i love dale...for some reason, he's got a bad temper too. and i like stephen from season 1, ahahah, he's funny. i hope it doesn't disappoint like desserts!

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  9. Awesome, as usual. That's interesting that you have cream cheese in the dough. I bet that makes it so yummy and rich.

    I personally would love more of a break between all these Top Chefs, but this one should be good...and a LOT better than Just Desserts.

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  10. This looks delicious, and I think I'd eat it for breakfast, too. Or lunch :)

    PS - buying family members kitchen items for Christmas is a great thing. It either encourages them to bake/cook, or (hopefully), when they choose not to use those items, you can steal them! Did I just say that? Shh.

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  11. I want this in my belly right now! This looks delicious!

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  12. All I want for Christmas is youuuuuu!

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  13. That looks delish! I love anything apple - can't get enough of recipes with apples - and the golden topping is beautiful!

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  14. Lovely cobbler, and about Top Chef Desserts...I thought the same thing.

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  15. What do I want for Christmas? Your cobbler!

    I like people to tell me what they want too. Amazon wish lists are da bomb! I bug everyone who doesn't have one make one. It also helps other people buy gifts for me. They can always get something from my wish list. I have everything from high-end cookware to new socks on it, so there is something everyone can afford. Sometimes you just want to surprise people with something special though, even if it is hit or miss.

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  16. yup, tcd was a disaster! this cobbler is not though... loving the topping :)

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  17. I usually avoid gift cards, because like you I think they are the easy way out, but for the first time ever, I am putting my brother in the "too hard" basket and just buying him gift cards. He likes tools and he likes boxed sets of old TV shows and music, so I bought him one gift card to a record store and one to a hardware store. Done. Love your cobbler - it looks gorgeous, and once again I am envious of the cranberries that we don't get.

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  18. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOUUUUU, BAY-BEEE.

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  19. I'd be thrilled if you gave me some of this cobbler for Christmas. It looks glorious!!!

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  20. I love that you ate it for breakfast :-) That is what the Christmas season is all about!

    I love Christmas shopping, so I never get gift cards. I agonize about getting the perfect gift, but I love watching people open what I have spent a lot of time choosing for them :-)

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  21. I made this tonight. It tastes just like Christmas!!

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  22. i absolutely share your excitement for top chef all stars. my only regret is that sam isn't involved. :)

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  23. I'm super excited for Top Chef too :) I always referred to Dale as Hung Two...haha

    Ok well this apple cranberry cobbler looks great. I could use a nice warm bowl right now....

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  24. Mmm, what a lovely cobbler! I'm so excited for All Stars too and am having trouble deciding who to root for!

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  25. I used your topping on my apple & pear cobbler, and just loved it! I will be sharing & linking back.

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