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Pear & Apple Cobbler

Approximate cooking time: 75 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Fruit cobblers are traditional desserts in America and Great Britain. When I moved to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it seemed mandatory to perfect my pastry and pie recipes, and so I started with the simple fruit cobbler. Cobblers can be made with just about any fruit, but apple is by far the most traditional here in the States. I've added a couple of pears to the mix and substituted a small portion of the sugar with granulated Splenda® (as I am mildly diabetic), but for the most part, I've stuck with the basics. After all, who am I to argue with such delicious Pennsylvania Dutch tradition?

Pear & Apple Cobbler

What you'll need:

2 pears
2 red apples
1 green apple
2 tbsp lemon juice (the fake stuff is fine)
2 tbsp unsalted butter, sliced thin
3 tbsp vegetable shortening
1/2 cup milk
1 cup AP flour
1-1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp granulated white sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated Splenda®
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground allspice
dash ground nutmeg
vanilla ice cream (not pictured)


Pear & Apple Cobbler

Preheat your oven to 400°. Then, peel, core, and slice the fruit.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

As you place the fruit slices in a medium bowl, drizzle some of the lemon juice over them in order to prevent browning. If you forget to peel an apple or pear, like I did, it's no big deal. When all the fruit is in the bowl, add the cornstarch and stir thoroughly.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Add the brown sugar and Splenda® and stir until fully dissolved. Let boil lightly for one minute.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Add the fruit mixture, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir to coat everything and move the mixture into an 8x8 baking dish.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Dot butter evenly over the top. Then, in a separate mixing bowl, sift together the flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Add vegetable shortening. With a fork or pastry mixer, incorporate the shortening until crumbly. Add the milk.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Mix the dough until it is wet and gooey. Drop it over the fruit mixture in spoonfuls.

Pear & Apple Cobbler

Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving with ice cream. Enjoy!



-e. magill 10/14/2010








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