The Weekend Gourmet: Autumn Apple Party for #SundaySupper...Featuring French Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream F

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn Apple Party for #SundaySupper...Featuring French Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream

This week's #SundaySupper theme is perfect for ushering in the official start of Fall: Autumn Apple Party! I knew that I wanted to bake something for this edition of #SundaySupper, but I had two BIG requirements since this week was hectic because I started my new job. I wanted to make something easy that I could whip up in less than 30 minutes...and something that was portable so I could share it with my new co-workers the next morning. Being a Southern gal at heart, I knew that cobbler would do the trick...but not just any cobbler! My French Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream features three kinds of apples, lots of cinnamon, and a double dose of pure maple syrup: it's in the apples...and in the whipped cream!

There are two kinds of cobbler that I usually see served here in Texas. One features a top layer that's like flaky pie crust and not very sweet. The other features a sweeter cake-like topping. That's my preferred type of cobbler, so I set out to find a recipe to start with as a guide. I quickly found a recipe for French Apple Cobbler at about.com Southern food. I used it as a jumping off point, but tweaked it quite a bit. It was so simple to make. The most time-consuming part was peeling and slicing the apples. I received a GREAT yellow Microplane Easy Prep Straight Peeler in a blog giveaway awhile back. I'm officially in love with it...it easily peeled the six apples for this cobbler in about 5 minutes!

It may have been 80 degrees outside when I baked this cobbler on Thursday evening, but my kitchen smelled just like Fall as the cobbler cooked away...I just cranked the a/c and pretended like Fall had made its way to Central Texas. A gal can pretend, right?!?!? 

French Apple Cobbler 
with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream
adapted from about.com Southern Food

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Butter a 9x9 baking dish and set aside. To make the apple filling, combine the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl: 2 sliced Granny Smith apples, 2 sliced Pink Lady apples, 2 sliced Braeburn apples, the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tbs. vanilla, 1/4 cup maple syrup, a pinch of salt, 1 tbs. high-oil cinnamon, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, and 2 tbs. all-purpose baking mix (I used Bisquick). NOTE: You should have 5-6 cups of sliced apples from the amount given above.


Step 2: Stir with a sturdy spoon until all the apple filling ingredients are thoroughly combined and the apples are all coated with the other ingredients. Pour the apple filling into the prepared pan and dot with 2 tbs. butter that's been cut into small cubes. NOTE: I used Land 'o Lakes butter with sea salt.


Step 3: Make the topping of the cobbler by combining the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl: 1 cup all-purpose baking mix, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 tbs. melted butter, 1 tbs. vanilla, and 1 egg. Stir until all the ingredients are combined. The consistency will be between a cookie dough and cake batter. Drop dollops of the dough on top of the apples and use a spatula to spread it over the apples. Don't panic if it doesn't completely cover the apples. As the cobbler bakes, it spreads out and cooks up really nicely!


Step 4: Sprinkle the batter with cinnamon sugar. I had some vanilla bean-infused sugar, so I sprinkled that generously on top, then added a generous amount of cinnamon on top of the sugar. Bake the cobbler for 30-40 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. You'll be tempted to eat it as soon as it's out of the oven, but do your mouth a favor and let the lava-hot apple filling cool off first. That'll give you a pocket of time to make the whipped cream. Your patience will be rewarded...trust me!


Step 5: To make the whipped cream, add the following ingredients to a bowl: 1 cup heavy cream, 1 tbs. vanilla, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 tbs. high-oil cinnamon, and 1/3 cup powdered sugar. Whip until stiff peaks form. In case you're wondering why I add powdered sugar, I find it helps stabilize whipped cream and allows it to stay whipped for a longer period of time. When you're ready to serve, dish the cobbler into shallow bowls and spoon some of the whipped cream on the side.  By the way? Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream is also an appropriate cobbler pairing in Texas as well.


This cobbler was so yummy! The apples cooked up perfectly without getting mushy, and the topping was pillow soft. The maple flavor wasn't overpowering, and it paired very nicely with the cinnamon in the cobbler and the whipped cream. The whipped cream was decadent, with a pronounced maple and cinnamon flavor. I can't wait to make this again this Fall!

Please make sure to join us for an apple-themed Twitter Chat this evening at 600CST. In the meantime, I hope you'll check out all of the fabulous apple recipes that my fellow #SundaySupper food bloggers are sharing today!


Soups, Salads, Starters and Breads
Cinnamon Apple Chips- Shockingly Delicious
Apple Celery Salad- In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene
Mini Apple Pumpkin Pancakes – The Daily Dish Recipes
Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast- In the Kitchen with KP
Curried Apple and Leek Soup-Soni’s Food for Thought
Endive Spears Topped With Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut Salad- The Hand That Rocks the Ladle
Homemade Apple Jam – My Trials in the Kitchen
Caramel Apple Butter Cheesecake Dip- Chocolate Moosey
Apple Sage and Onion Soup with Cheddar Bacon Croutons – Wine in Tampa
Caramel Apple Bread – famfriendsfood
Apple Pie Bread Baker Street
Apple, Bacon & Brie Popovers- I Run for Wine
Apple and Almond Brie Puff Pastry- Family Foodie
Apple, Leek and Gruyere Tarts- There and Back Again


Main Meals
Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Loin- The Meltaways
Apple-Glazed Meatballs- The Messy Baker
Apples & Buttons (Ham, Apples and Dumplings)- Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Skillet Pork with Sweet Spiced Apples- Mama Mommy Mom
Chicken Apple Meatloaf with Tarragon Tomato Sauce – Diabetic Foodie
Baked Tilapia Apple Crisp- Daddy Knows Less
Pork Tenderloin with Calvados Cream Sauce Sustainable Dad
#SundaySupper Pulled Pork Sandwich With Pickled Red Onions Kwistin’s Favorites


Sides
Harvest Rice- Webicurean
Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts – Ruffles and Truffles
Apple Topped Sweet Potato Mash- Momma’s Meals
Warm Spice Pecan Raisin Apple Chutney- Sue’s Nutrition Buzz


Desserts
Double Apple Pot Pie- What Smells So Good?
Apple Walnut Coffee Cake- The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Apple Streusel Cobbler- Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Moroccan Cinnamon Gooey Sticky Buns- Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
Apple Pull Apart Monkey Bread- Gotta Get Baked
Spiced Caramel Apple Pie-Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
Appel Pear Kuchen (Apfel Birnenkichen)- Galactosemia in PDX
Apple Strudel - Magnolia Days
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce-Noshing with the Nolands
Apple Cheesecake- Vintage Kitchen
Caramel Apple Crumble Bars- Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting- From Fast Food to Fresh Food
Apple Pound Cake- Damn Delicious
Cinnamon Apple Dessert Chimichangas- Juanita’s Cocina
Chai Spiced Apple Pull-Apart Bread- Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
Nutella Apple Quesadilla- Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Apple Crisp Ice Cream- Cravings of a Lunatic
Bavarian Apple Torte- The Lovely Pantry
Streusel Apple Pie American w/ Pie Freezer Kits- Meal Planning Magic
French Apple Cobbler with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream Weekend Gourmet
Chunky Apple-Apricot Bread Pudding- Comfy Cuisine
Apple Butter Spice Cake – Home Cooking Memories
Apple Pie and Custard- Happy Baking Days
#GlutenFree Deep Dish Carmel Apple Pie- Cooking Underwriter
Apple Brownies That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Rustic Apple Galette & Give-Away – Mrs Mama Hen
Country Apple Dumplings- Mom’s Test Kitchen
Caramel Apple Capirotada La Cocina de Leslie
Apple-Gingersnap Cookies- Tora’s Real Food
Apple and Cranberry Turnovers- Flour on my Face
Applesauce Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake Hip Foodie Mom
Caramel Frosted Apple Cookies- No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Apple and Pecans Muffins- Basic N Delicious


Beverages
Spiced Apple Ale Small Wallet Big Appetite
Wine Pairings for our #SundaySupper Autumn Apple Party! – ENOFYLZ

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      1. It smelled SO GOOD when it was baking...when I reheated it at work the next day, all my new co-workers commented on how good my office smelled. All that cinnamon and vanilla...

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    2. I love that this apple dish is so easy to put together and that whipped cream sounds AMAZING!

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      1. Fast is always good in my book...it was ready to go in the oven in about 20 minutes, then it did its thing in the oven while i did other things around the house.

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    3. Love that you used three different types of apples.

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      1. I like Granny Smith, but thought using just them would make it too tart. So...I just decided to use a mixture.

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    4. What a wonderful quick apple dish. The topping is the same kind I like (over the pie crust kind).

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      1. I like cobbler with a pie crust topping...but this cakey topping is my personal favorite. If I want pie, I can order pie...KWIM?

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    5. Oh Wendy this looks absolutely heavenly. Now I wish I could get your blog AGAIN. :) Seriously - this just looks FANTASTIC!
      I'm pretty sure the daughter and I are going to be whipping this one up. I'll let her post it to her blog though. ;)

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      1. Thanks, Nicole! I don't bake all that often, so you can bet it's likely going to be something really quick/easy when I do. Every once in a while, I challenge myself and make a scratch cake...but simple baking is more up my alley.

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    6. I love how easy this is to put together, Wendy! The cinnamon maple whipped cream sounds like the perfect topping for this delicious cobbler!

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      1. My husband contends that Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream is the only proper partner for cobbler, but I liked the whipped cream quite a bit. You could really go for it and have a bit of both...

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    7. wow that whip cream on top look perfect!!

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      1. It is really good...not overly sweet! I've used it before on other recipes, so I was hoping it would go well with the cobbler!

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    8. Would it be bad of me to just eat the whipped cream by itself? For a second serving of dessert???

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      1. Ha...not at all! It's almost like a maple-cinnamon mousse..and it's delish in its own right. It's really good on top of a pumpkin latte or hot chocolate too...just saying!

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    9. I'll take a huge heaping of this, please. It looks fantastic. Happy #SS!

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      1. Thanks, Jennie...you bring the meatballs and I'll bring the dessert!!

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    10. My husband love cobblers! This one is too simple and quick to not make it! Looks delicious!

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      1. It really is good...especially if you like a LOT of cinnamon!

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    11. The perfect way to meet the co-workers! It looks so caramelized and that maple cream sounds perfect with it.

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      1. I sprinkled sugar pretty generously on top of it...maybe 1/3 cup? The maple cream is off the charts!

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    12. I am so ready for fall weather a great comforting desserts like this.

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      1. Me too! It's coolER here, but still not quite Fall weather. We are 88 degrees this afternoon...which is better than the upper 90s earlier this month. Maybe by this time next month, it'll be "soup weather"...one can hope!

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    13. Cinnamon Maple Whipped Cream! I cannot even concentrate on the cobbler. That sounds amazing, thank you so much for sharing!

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      1. It's a good little topping to have in your back pocket! Try it on hot chocolate or chai tea...it'll knock your socks off!!

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    14. Oh my goodness: cinnamon maple whipped cream!!! That definitely sounds like the perfect pairing with your cobbler...YUM!

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      1. It played really nicely against the cinnamon and maple in the cobbler...but it wasn't overly sweet.

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    15. A quick and easy apple dessert! Just lovely! The whipped cream is OMGosh good!

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    16. What a great idea! It looks delicious!

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    17. Oh, Wendy, when you make a dessert, you do it right! LOVE a good cobbler, and this is a GREAT cobbler! Happy #SundaySupper!!!

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    18. This is spectacular. You really amped up the taste. Love flavoured whipped cream.

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    19. This looks great, thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper. One great recipe after another!!

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    20. Seriously?! That whipped cream is incredible! I can't imagine how good it is with the cobbler!

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    21. That whipped cream adds a wow factor to a delicious dessert, I could just dive right in!

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    22. HOW IRONIC IS THIS WENDY: the microplane peeler you won in MY blog giveaway (Cindy's Recipes and Writings) you used for a fantastic recipe during my hosting of #SundaySupper! lol

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    23. This really looks delish - especially with that maple cream!

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    24. Love your Apple Cobbler goes with Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream! Yummy!

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    25. Flavored whipped cream?! The whole dish truly looks amazing--I could go for a big bowl of this right now!

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    26. You take the best pics which make anyone just want to dive in :) Flavored whipped cream sounds delish !! Yummmmmm

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    27. There is NOTHING like a good apple cobbler. Goodness, I wish I was eating this with you! Thank you for sharing with me. This post is a delicious way to end my night. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday!

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    28. What a unique take on cobbler - I've never had it with a cakey layer on top! That final photo of the finished cobbler with the maple whipped cream is seriously making me drool. It looks so luscious and packed with flavour.

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    29. oh I want some. I've never been so miserable being on a diet more than now. I just want to jump head into the cobbler and eat my way out of the pan. sigh... girl can wish right?!

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    30. The entire dessert sounds fantastic, but that cinnamon-maple whipped cream! I think I could probably eat just a bowl of that!

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    31. Your cobbler looks so good. I love those peelers.

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    32. Oh wow, this sounds just wonderful! I wish I had a big bowl of this in front of me right now. =)

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    33. You had me at cinnamon maple whipped cream-yum!

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    34. The title of this dish sounds so good! I love how simple this is to throw together. No hassle of pie crust or anything.

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    35. that apple cobbler looks wonderful! I love the Cinnamon-Maple Whipped Cream too!

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    36. Cinnamon-maple whipped cream!? That sounds heavenly!

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