Hard Apple Cider Skillet Cobbler

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Hard Apple Cider Skillet CobblerHard cider seemed to sneak up on the world of craft beer in a large and legitimate way. We were all tentative at first, but in the past few years well made craft cider has risen in popularity across the US. Just the way craft breweries started to spread like wildfire five years ago, cider seems to have done the same in the past 12 months.

Craft cider is sweeter than beer, and without the bitterness that seems to turn some away. It has a broad appeal, pulling flavors not just from apples but also from berries, herbs and tropical fruits.

Hard Apple Cider Skillet CobblerAlthough craft beer will always take center stage in the hearts of a true beer geek, the accessibility of cider has positioned itself as a bridge between the beer drinker and the wine connoisseur, making it perfect for a dinner party with diverse guests. Coincidentally, this cobbler also pairs well with a dinner party. And hard cider.

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Skillet Hard Apple Cider Cobbler

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

Apples:

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup hard apple cider
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 5 ½ cups peeled and sliced apples (Fuji, Honeycrisp or Granny Smith)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch

Topping:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 cup white sugar, plus 1 tablespoon divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup hard apple cider
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: 

  1. In a 9 inch cast iron skillet melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cider, bring to a boil. Allow to boil until thickened and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Add the apples to a bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon, salt, flour and cornstarch, toss to coat.
  3. Add the apples to the skillet, stir until well combined with the caramel sauce.
  4. In a large bowl stir together the flour, 1 cup white sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add the melted butter, cider, eggs and vanilla, stir until just combined. Add the batter to the top of the apples, spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon flour.
  6. Bake at 375 for 20-22 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Serve warm.

Hard Apple Cider Skillet Cobbler

Photo credit: Jackie Dodd

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