Rachel and I were hanging out the other day while I was cooking dinner (or supper – whatever!). I was doing one of my “thirty minute meals” while she was doing the same. Only thing was, she was getting paid a gazillion bucks. Me? I got a humongous hug and kiss from Hubby for making Rachel’s caramel apple cobbler. I think I got the better deal:)
I think Rachel and Paula pretty much have the same philosophy regarding full-flavored ingredients. This certainly isn’t dietetic, but it has such incredibly yummy flavors that you won’t care one calorie!
Makes 6 servings
- 8 apples—peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges (I used Granny Smiths.)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy
- 1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 2 cups whipped cream, for serving
Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; add the apples. In a saucepan, bring the heavy cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brandy, 2 tablespoons butter, the vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil, whisking. Lower the heat to medium and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes; pour over the apples.
In a food processor, combine the flour, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the cinnamon. Cut the remaining 1 1/2 sticks butter into 1/2-inch pieces; add to the flour mixture and pulse until coarse crumbs form; stir in the nuts.
Scatter the topping over the apples and bake until golden, 1 hour. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with the whipped cream. (Vanilla ice cream would be great as well.)
(Photos and recipe courtesy of Rachelraymag.com.)