Monday, February 21, 2011

Overnight Apple Cobbler aka Slab Apple Pie

The filling in this Overnight Apple Cobbler is mixed and refrigerated overnight, then baked low and slow. The result is one of the best flaky apple cobblers you've ever tasted.
Last night I made this Overnight Apple Cobbler. I've 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 44 Th president like to eat? Well, First Lady Michelle Obama says this apple cobbler is President Obama's Favorite dessert. The crust is very flaky and the cobbler 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, Baracks Pizza Burgers and Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies.

Shortbread cookies are my husbands favorite cookie, so that will probably be the first recipe on my to bake list. I know Michelle Obama is an advocate for healthy eating, but there isn't anything wrong with indulging in a special treat from time to time. My motto is "everything is fine in moderation".

My favorite part of this entire recipe is how the apple mixture is prepared and stored in the refrigerator overnight. This method really gives the apple filling time to blend together with the brown sugar and spices. If you ask me this is what makes this apple cobbler so delicious, so don't skip this step

This cobbler has a bottom and top crust which is my favorite way to enjoy a pie crust cobbler. Pour the apple filling with all of the juices that accumulated in the bowl over the bottom crust dot with butter. 

Top with remaining 1 1/2 pie crust sheets. 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.
Overnight Apple Cobbler aka Slab Apple Pie

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, cover and set the apple mixture in the refrigerator overnight. This lets the spices mix all the way through the apples.

When you are ready to bake the cobbler, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Roll out three sheets of pie crusts real thin -- as thin as possible.

Layer the bottom of the pan with 1 1/2 sheets of pie crust and prick the crust with a few holes. 

Pour the apple mixture (including 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 the last 4 tablespoons of butter and brush evenly over the top 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 2 hours to make sure it does not burn.

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

Recipe yields: 12 servings

source: Yankee Magazine 


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.

Comfy cuisine said... #

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

Gwen 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. ;)

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous 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!

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 Butler 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.

Unknown 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!

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous 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 Butler 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.

Renae said... #

I'm looking for a dessert to make this weekend, I may just have to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said... #

This looks like apple pie, not what i would think of as "cobbler". What is the difference, does anyone know?

Unknown said... #

What a great recipe! I made it last week using only 1 cup of sugar. The recipe called for 1 1/2 to 2 cups. I let the sliced apples marinate in the refrigerator overnight and baked it the following morning. It was a hit. I should have taken a photo of the pie before I let my family attack it. The apples were gooey and the crust was really flaky. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

normaw said... #

I do not live in the US, so can I use home made pie crust instead of Pillsbury one?
do you have pie crust recipe to recomend? I live in Brazil and would like to do this pie.thks

Anonymous said... #

Sounds like a good recipe but with that said I will kindly no longer share your site. Deleted from likes but enjoy that cobbler :)

Alice said... #

Tina, have you tried using this recipe with different fruit? Fresh peaches maybe? Just curious...this looks delish!

Tina Butler said... #

Alice I think peaches would be great as well. Thank you for suggesting that. I can't wait to try it.

Oh and just a FYI for the reader that stated a cobbler does not have pie crust. Hmmm I went to a southern peach farm over the weekend and low and behold they were selling homemade southern peach cobblers with pie crust on the top and bottom. So like I said it can be pie crust or batter crust.

Unknown said... #

Tina, do you add the 1/4 cup flour to the apple mixture before placing it in the frig or is this for the pan before adding the pie crust? Can't wait to make this!

Tina Butler said... #

Kathy you add the flour to the filling along with all the spices and then refrigerate. All you need to do is lay the pie crust in the pan, add the filling, dab with butter and add the final top crust and then bake.

Suzi Wood Brown said... #

I saved this and will definitely have to make it. Thanks Mrs. Obama!! I would love to eat at your house because I know you are into fresh, healthy recipes and I am sure you are a wonderful cook!!