Sunday, December 19, 2010

Roasted Apple Pear Cobbler with Custard Sauce

What to do with an abundance of pears and apples? Make this wonderful cobbler with warm custard sauce! I took 3 cobbler recipes to make my cobbler, and posted them in order of assembly, don't worry it's easy, you're just roasting the apples and pears and adding them to a sauce and baking off with a biscuit topping.
I love custard sauce over apple pie, so I thought this would be just as wonderful. It was! Please note, this is not a baked custard kind of custard, this is a sauce. Now since I made this in a 9x13 pan, my fruit filling was rather thin. So you could make this in an 8x8 dish and half the recipe for the biscuit topping.

Apple Pear Cobbler
adapted from allrecipes and delicious living

Roasted apples & pears:
4-6 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and diced
4-6 Pears, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 450º. In a large bowl, combine diced pears and apples with salt and 2 tablespoons syrup. Mix gently. Place fruit on baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes, until fruit is caramelized on all sides.

1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, water, tapioca and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; gently stir in the roasted apples and pears until coated. Place in a greased 9x13 pan. (see notes above about using an 8x8 dish)

Biscuit Topping:
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2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
4 ounces cold reduced fat cream cheese, cut into chunks
2 large eggs
2/3 cup milk

Lower oven heat to 375'.
To make the biscuit topping, in a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Knead in butter and cream cheese using fingertips or a pastry blender until well incorporated and mixture starts to clump together. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk until well combined; add wet ingredient to dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
Drop spoonfuls of biscuit topping evenly over fruit. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.

Custard Sauce
adapted from allrecipes, makes 4 Cups.
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
4 cups milk, warmed
1/2 pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream together the eggs and sugar in a deep saucepan, add milk and salt; cook over medium heat stirring until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm or chilled.

Have a great weeked, we're off to see Santa this morning.

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