Monday, February 21, 2011

Michelle Obama's Overnight Apple Cobbler {Happy Presidents Day}

Last night I made Michelle Obama's Overnight Apple Cobbler. I have had this recipe stashed away in my recipe file for quite some time. What better day to post this recipe than on Presidents Day. What does our 44Th president like to eat?

Well, we are just beginning to find out! But The First Lady says this apple cobbler is President Obama's Favorite. The crust is very flaky she says just like he likes it. This cobbler also cooks low and slow, so your house smells amazing while it's baking.

I found this recipe in the January, 2009 issue of Yankee Magazine. From the photo alone I knew I had to try it. A few other Obama Family recipes that I want to try my hand at are, The Obama Family Chili, Barack's Pizza Burgers and Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies.

Shortbread cookies are my husbands favorite cookie, so that will probably be the first recipe I will try. From that list of foods our President is eating quite well.

My favorite part of this entire recipe is how the filling mixture is prepared and placed in the refrigerator overnight. This really gave the apple mixture time to mix together with the brown sugar and spices. If you ask me this is really what makes this apple cobbler so tasty. I highly recommend not skipping this step.

Butter and flour the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Place 1 1/2 thin pie crusts on the bottom of the baking pan. Pour in the apple filling with all of the juices that accumulated in the bowl. Dot with butter slices and

Top with remaining 1 1/2 pie crusts. Brush with melted butter and bake at 300 degrees for up to 3 hours. Watch closely the last hour to prevent burning.

Remove from oven and let cool. The crust is amazingly flaky and the filling is heavenly. By far this is my all time favorite Apple Cobbler Recipe.

Don't forget the vanilla ice cream because that would just be wrong. Thank you Mrs. Obama for such a wonderful apple cobbler recipe.

Michelle Obama's Overnight Apple Cobbler

3 - sheets refrigerated pie crust
1 - stick of butter - separated
8 - Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced
1-1/2 to 2 - cups of brown sugar
1-1/2 - teaspoons cinnamon
1 - teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 - teaspoon salt
1/4 - cup white flour

Mix these ingredients together in a bowl and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. This lets the spices mix all the way through the apples.

Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin -- as thin as possible.

Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and prick a few holes in it.

Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 4 tablespoons of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 pie crusts to cover the apple mixture entirely.

Pinch the edges of the dough together. Melt final 4 tablespoons of butter and brush all over top of crust. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours -- that's what makes the crust flaky. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn't burn.

I was pinched for time so I baked mine at 350 degrees for 1 - 1/2 hours.

Recipe Yields: 12 servings


ann said... #

Tina, what a great recipe to post today. It looks wonderful. Your pictures really do it justice, too.

The Better Baker said... #

How clever you are! I never thought of doing this kind of post today! This looks sooo delicious. Glad you shared -

Leslie said... #

Oh yum Tina. I love me some Apple cobbler!

Ava said... #

Wow I'm not big on cobblers but this looks amazing and like something my kids and hubby would love!

Anonymous said... #

Wow, looks great! Would the pillsbury pie crusts work?

Jennifer said... #

I may mix it up now and bake much later tonight to PRETEND it sat overnight. Can't wait until tomorrow! Thanks for posting.

Patti said... #

This looks delicious! Apple desserts are my favorite and this looks super easy!

Healthy Mamma said... #

Is there anything better or more comforting than cobbler? I think not. This looks fantastic! Ive been being good lately and making crustles apple cobblers w just a bit of Oats and nuts sprinkled on top. ;)

ricekernal said... #

This looks like a delicious winter treat! Your blog was one of the first food blogs I stumbled upon years ago. Thank you for inspiring new recipes in our home - and for inspiring me to blog for fun and for my family.

ricekernel said... #

Just make this and it is so easy and delicious! My little one accidentally doused the filling with more cinnamon than called for - it adds extra warmness =) Thanks for sharing.

deebeefromnc said... #

Decided to plan a special dinner for Presidents' day and when I was choosing what to make for dessert, I came across some info that said President Obama's favorite dessert was chocolate cake. Well, being the confirmed chocoholic that I am, I shouted, "Wooo-HOOO! And made chocolate cake! But, I have GOT to try this recipe!!! Besides...shouldn't a man's WIFE know her husband's favorite dessert? LOL Thanks for the great recipes and stories you share with us! I ALWAYS enjoy stopping and visiting with you!!

Jennifer said... #

This looks sooo good! The apple filling looks so caramel-y and delicious...can't wait to try it!

Anonymous said... #

Why did you remove the comments that weren't favorable to obama?That's not fair. She promotes only healthy foods and then comes out with this?

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

You people act like the president or his wife cannot enjoy a delicious meal. That is just crazy. I am sure you don't eat healthy foods 24/7. Everyone is allowed to indulge in their favorite foods from time to time even if they promote healthy eating. I am pretty sure The First Lady is not sitting back eating Apple Cobbler everyday. Cmon get serious. I can delete any comment I feel that is negative because it is my blog. This post is about apple cobbler not politics, so anyone wanting to post their views on politics or their dislike for our president than don't bother. It will be deleted.

Julie said... #

Certainly looks simple enough. If it's good enough for the president, I'm sure I'd love it.

Anonymous said... #

This looks delicious....thanks for sharing it. I have a question about the pie dough. Since you used 1 1/2 pie crusts, did you pinch them together or just overlap them?


Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I just over lapped the pie crust.

Anonymous said... #

Looks great! Thanks as always for sharing such wonderful recipes.

Htv1227 said... #

Looks and sound delicious. One of the desserts I plan to make this summer when I start sharing the kitchen.

Corynne said... #

I made this on Friday for dinner guests and it was very well received and the recipe was requested!! I rolled my top crust pretty thin and I probably could have only used one crust for that but, I like crust and decided to keep following the recipe as written so I added the other half on and overlapped them. The length of time it took to cook was a little long so I cheated a little too and turned up the temp to 325 and just kept an eye on it. Very flaky and perfect with some Edy's Double Vanilla ice cream. And you are so right - healthy doesn't mean you can't indulge. If I had a personal trainer (and you know the Obamas do) I would eat dessert more often than I do!! I serve healthy meal everyday but we only have dessert once a week cause these hips can't take it any more often than that despite an elliptical and jogging most days! My husband snacks on chips and cookies constantly and remains a beanpole. Great easy recipe. Thanks Mommy and First Lady!

Deb said... #

I had actually looked at this recipe before, but glad you reposted it! It looks so delicious - and I love the fact that you can get the time consuming prep done and over with one day, then just put it together and bake it the next! Thanks, Tina...
And BTW, apple cobbler doesn't have a thing to do with politics or eating healthy. Everyone needs to indulge now and then!

Tina said... #

Deb I agree 100%. Even if you do practice healthy eating it's Ok to indulge every once in a while. It's all about moderation not giving up everything entirely.

Preparing the filling the night before is a huge time saver.

Linzroberts320 said... #

Hi Tina,

That looks delish! Do you use Pillsbury pie crusts? If not, would you please share which brand you suggest using for this recipe?

Thanks in advance!

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

I usually use the pillsbury refrigerated pie crust or the great value brand. Which ever one is cheaper or on sale.

Margo said... #

Intriguing recipe. I will definitely make this - pinning it now. I might try to use homemade pie crust since that's how I roll (ha!).

Kim said... #

This looks delicious! I wish I'd seen this in time for Thanksgiving, but will definitely make this for Christmas. I'm your newest subbie.