Sunday, July 26, 2009

First Lady Michelle Obama's Apple Cobbler

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I don’t remember how I found this recipe, but somehow I stumbled upon the site called Obama Foodorama. I poked around the site for a bit and came across an article on White House Recipes and found this recipe from the First Lady herself.

Seems this is one of the Presidents favorite desserts. The fact that this recipe calls for 3 refrigerated piecrusts makes me love the First Lady even more. I am not a snob when it comes to piecrust. I can make a great piecrust, but the convenience of using that little red box saves me time, and that is a precious commodity to me.

Michelle Obama's Apple Cobbler

Here’s some info from the Foodorama on Mr.Obama’s cobbler submission for Yankee Magazine:

I've been making this cobbler for a long time, so I usually just eyeball how much needs to go in," Mrs. Obama told Yankee. "People might want more or less sugar, but this is how our family and friends like it...Bake at 300 for up to 3hours--that's what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. This recipe makes one cobbler, which is like a double pie. "The President has repeatedly gone on the record about liking flaky crusts and cobblers; he now refers to White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses as "the crust master."
Let me just say this tasted terrific, but I would not call this a cobbler. This is one big apple pie, which would be great to serve at a party or cookout. It makes one big ole pan of pie. You could feed the masses. This is the first "cobbler" recipe I’ve seen with a 3-hour bake time. I guess this would be perfect to make in the fall and winter, since the house would smell like apple pie for 3 hours.

Michelle Obama's Apple Cobbler
recipe from Yankee Magazine
Printable recipe
8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1-1/2 to 2 cups of brown sugar (I opted for 1 ½ cups)
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 so the spice goes all the way through the apples.

3 sheets of refrigerated piecrust
1 stick of butter

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. I used a 9x13 stone baker. Roll out three piecrusts really thin--as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the piecrusts and prick a few holes in it.

Pour the apples with the liquid into the pie pan. Dot 3/4 of a stick of butter around the apples. Use the final 1-1/2 piecrusts to cover the apple mixture entirely (let the pie crust overlap the pan). Pinch the edges of the dough around the sides of the pan so the mixture is completely covered.

Melt final 1/4 stick of butter and brush all over top of crust.

Michelle Obamas Apple Cobbler slice  CU

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake at 300 for up to 3 hours -- that's what makes the crust flaky, like Barack likes it. Put the cobbler in the oven and go for a walk, go to the store, or do whatever you have to do around the house. Start looking at the cobbler after two and a half hours so it doesn't burn.
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