I felt like having something warm, comforting and soothing for dessert and instantly thought a warm apple cobbler would hit the spot. but then I thought what could add the soothing factor, and, of course, liquor entered the picture. It seemed like a really good concept, so I put my plan into motion. Fresh apples, cinnamon, Apple Crown and Hot Damn, a crusty yet cake-like top that is sweet and buttery. All I can say is yum!
I know it is spring, but with all this social distancing, I thought it would be nice to celebrate Mother’s Day with something comforting and soothing. It helps to have a little liquor to take off the edge of all that’s going on. That warm, sweet and tangy drunken caramel apple cobbler just hits the spot.
Whether or not our state is reopened for Mother’s Day or not, you can enjoy this yummy dessert. Of course you can make it kid friendly just by leaving out the liquor. To make a crust with a bit of a crunch to it, sprinkle some sugar on top after it rises but before it turns brown.
You can make a big pan or several different individual pans. The individual pans make it easy to make everyone a personalized version. I like more crust and juice but some may like less. It also makes for an easy on cleanup. Plus, it is easy to put a scoop of ice cream right on top, fresh from the oven. Who doesn’t appreciate that?
You can use other fruit like peaches, cherries or even pears. I also tried using canned apple pie filling but found that I like cutting the apples and that whole process now that we have an abundance of time on our hands. You also can use different types of liquor to enhance your desserts.
If you’d like a thicker filling, you can add a little caramel to your apple mixture before pouring it into the dish. I also add an extra shot to the caramel apple mixture right before putting it in the oven for an extra kick. Of course you can leave that step out if you find it to be too much.
I’ve tried this recipe with a boxed cake mix but didn’t like the texture, although a lot of people who tried it did like it. I just prefer a crusty top that the cake mix doesn’t offer. I tried it as the topper for a pound cake and also over a cheesecake. I liked both options. Use your imagination and explore. I mean we have nothing but time, right?
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You can even freeze any leftover filling and or cobbler. That way you can enjoy a personal serving any time for any reason — or no reason at all. This would make a great fall dessert to celebrate harvest time. So if you like cooked apples, cinnamon, butter, caramel and crust, you’ll truly enjoy this yummy dessert. Plus, you get a little boost of soothing from the liquor to help ease some of the tension from being socially distant. Now it’s time to roll up those sleeves, wash your hands and get started creating your own version of Individual Drunken Caramel Apple Cobbler.
Individual Drunken Caramel Apple Cobbler
6 apples peeled and sliced thin (I used a mixture of Gala and Granny Smith)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup plus one shot of Apple Crown Royal
4 shooter sized Hot Damn liquor
For Caramel Sauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
For Cobbler Batter
For Cobbler Batter
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and pull out a 9x13 baking dish or 6 count 5” individual pie tins like I used for the article..
Combine your apple slices, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 TBSPs granulated white sugar in a large sauce pan over medium low heat. Cook the apples, stirring regularly until they are soft, about 10 minutes; adding the Apple Crown Royal and Hot Damn in the last 3 minutes of cooking on the stove top..
While the apples are cooking down, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir consistently until the mixture begins to boil. Continue stirring for another minute or so until it is smooth, remove from the heat.
Pour the 1/2 cup melted butter into the baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 tsps baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Whisk in 1 cup milk and 2 tsps vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the butter and whisk in gently.
Add 1 cup of the caramel sauce to the apples and stir to combine, reserve the rest for serving. Pour the caramel apple mixture over the batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream and the reserved caramel sauce.