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We’ve been waiting all summer and it’s finally here! Yes, it’s apple picking season. Do you go? My family absolutely loves it and since we buy in bushels, you can only imagine how many apples we have. I personally love to bake with them and the kids love them packed in their school lunches. So it’s win-win for this mom. I love to bake apple pies and freeze them. It really comes in handy to have on hand before the holidays start but one recipe that my family must have and can not wait to enjoy is my Caramel Apple Cobbler. When you’re short on time and don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen preparing, then this hack recipe is for you.
I’m not going to lie or pretend that apple pies are not delicious because they are but if a recipe saves me time and I can eliminate a few steps, It’s a no-brainer. I’m all for it. Count me in.
So just the other day, I had all these granny smith apples staring at me so in my head I was thinking about my Caramel Apple Cobbler. Oh man, I made it last year and my family basically scraped the dish. There was nothing left. So, this time around I only had a few hours to spare so I jumped in my car and ran over to my local Walmart.
One of the main ingredients to apple cobbler is heavy cream but since I wanted to add caramel to my recipe, International Delight® Caramel Macchiato works for me. -Plus not only that, the *New* half gallon size is much easier to hold and pour. -And since using International Delight® flavors like Vanilla, and Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream in our daily coffee already, why not include International Delight® Caramel Macchiato as an ingredient in my recipe.
I mean come on now, nothing adds more delicious flavor to your morning or afternoon cup of coffee than International Delight®.
Before leaving the store, I grabbed the rest of my ingredients that I needed and headed home. I honestly could not wait to start preparing this dessert because I just knew when my family arrived home from school and work they would instantly smell the aroma from the kitchen. It’s almost hypnotizing after my Caramel Apple Cobbler comes out of the oven.
First, you will need three to four pounds of Granny Smith Apples. If you don’t have them on hand then Pink Lady Apples will do. In a large bowl, add peeled and sliced apples along with granulated sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. Stir together and set aside at room temperature for at least 25 minutes. By letting your apples stand, it provides a sauce mixture which will be added later in the recipe.
Now is a great time to preheat your oven to 400° degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine two cups of granulated sugar with a 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium heat, do not stir and until mixture is a light amber color. Usually about 10-12 minutes. Remove your saucepan from heat and stir in a half of cup of International Delight® Caramel Macchiato Creamer. Stir in butter. Continue to stir and let the mixture cool in the pan.
Remember your sliced apples? Now is a perfect time to grab your colander and drain the excess liquid from your apples. Give your colander a good shimmy shake and allow the liquid to fall into a medium size bowl. Easy peasy!
For my recipe, I used a large cast-iron skillet but whatever baking dish is doable, use it. But I highly recommend using the skillet. Start to spoon in your sliced apples into your skillet. Your apple mixture should completely cover the bottom of your skillet. In a small bowl add a cup of your sugar mixture with a cup of your apple liquid. Stir and blend well. Drizzle apples with your caramel mixture.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your refrigerated pie crust dough. I wanted my lattice-style crust to be a tad thicker so I cut the dough into one-inch strips. But whatever your fancy is, make sure you arrange your strips over the apple filling first.
Once your lattice design is done, brush one tablespoon of International Delight® Caramel Macchiato on your pie crust strips. Sprinkle coarse (turbinado) sugar on top. Bake for 15 minutes on 400° degrees heat then reduce to 325° and bake until crust is golden brown. About 35- 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let your Caramel Apple Cobbler cool completely before serving.
Doesn’t this Caramel Apple Cobbler look so delightful? It’s the perfect dessert to share with family and friends this Fall. It gives you all the yummy flavors that we all just admire and love. Add your favorite toppings like vanilla ice cream it’s so good.
-And do you know what? If using International Delight® as an ingredient wasn’t already the perfect shortcut for this recipe, I don’t know what is. Enjoying my Caramel Apple Cobbler with a hot cup of delicious coffee with International Delight® Caramel Macchiato Creamer is heaven sent.
So tell me, what flavor of International Delight® Creamer do you use in your Fall recipes?
I would love to hear about them.