Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A Load of Old Cobblers!

My Grampie has an apple tree in his garden which provides us with bag loads of autumn fruits which see us through the winter - my Mum usually stews them with a little sugar and then boxes them up and freezes them ready for Sunday puddings of crumble with custard and the like.

As we had called in to see Grampie on Sunday after our walk in the park and came away with our bag of apples and seeing as I was off work on Monday I said I'd "make something different".

I've never eaten a cobbler before never mind made one, but after consulting my various recipe books I thought this fitted my "something different" challenge.

The peeled and chopped apples (along with a couple of pears I had) were warming nicely in sugar, freshly squeezed orange juice and a sprinkling of ground cloves whilst I made the simple dough. I threw in the leftover dried fruit from the Christmas cake in too (some in the dough and the rest in with the fruit). Check me out getting myself all "Mary Berry-fied"!! 

Once the poached fruit was in the oven proof dish and I topped it with the pastry - stars of course - why have rounds when you can have stars?! And before long the whole house smelled of the spices and sweet apples.

Even if I do say so myself, it was absolutely divine, served warm with sweetened Greek yoghurt.