Fall is a pretty special time of the year to live where I do.

As the days get shorter, and the chlorophyll starts to disappear from all of the leaves but the evergreens, a spectacular display of oranges, reds, and yellows is revealed. The fall foliage never ceases to amaze me, even though I’ve lived in this area most of my life.

With the shift in the color of the leaves and the temperature comes a shift in the way we eat. We crave heartier, warming dishes, and the local produce available to make these isn’t the same as it was three months ago. Though I miss my summer garden terribly, I personally welcome the change.

When I saw this danish, I was nothing short of obsessed with putting my own spin on the slightly unusual, yet luscious sounding, recipe.

I wanted to use fall-appropriate local fruit: pears and crisp, sweet apples, too, and first thought about making a pie. But since I haven’t yet ventured into gluten-free pie crust territory, and did want to keep this dessert gluten-fee, I settled on a cobbler. Cobblers are so easy to compile, yet so delicious; it’s pretty hard to go wrong when you make one.

I want to point out that you don’t have to make this recipe gluten-free: just substitute all-purchase flour (preferably organic/unbleached) for the gluten-free flour mix if that is your preference. As I have explained before, I don’t have celiac disease. I do try to limit the wheat/gluten in my diet, though, because I honestly feel best when I do.

As you can see in the photos, the cobbler doesn’t look all like you might expect a cobbler to look, because the topping didn’t really hold its shape, and spread out across the fruit when it baked. This was either because I used the gluten free topping mix, which was much less stiff than one made with regular flour would be, or because I did not refrigerate it for long enough before dropping it onto the fruit. Whatever the reason, it really didn’t matter: the dessert was still terrific.

The rosemary is completely optional, but really adds such a nice touch to this dish. I was pretty conservative with the amount because I did not want it to overpower the dessert: you could certainly add more if you love the assertive flavor/fragrance of this herb.

I took this cobbler over to a food blogger potluck at Kim’s house. I loved it, and it was met with great reviews from Jessica and Merry Jennifer, too. Peter didn’t get to try it: he had to skip out before dessert :(

I didn’t have any on hand at the time, but definitely suggest serving this with all natural, preferably homemade, vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream. I am pretty sure a dollop of creme fraiche on top would also be outstanding.

rosemary baked apples and pears

Recipe for Apple, Pear, and Rosemary Cobbler (Gluten-Free)

Ingredients:

For the fruit:

*2 1/2 pounds mixed local pears and apples (I used 2 d'Anjou pears and 3 Fuji apples), peeled, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
*1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
*1 teaspoon minced lemon zest
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1 tablespoon organic cornstarch mixed into 1 tablespoon water (whisk with a fork to thoroughly dissolve the cornstarch)
*1/2 cup organic brown sugar
*4 tablespoons organic salted butter, browned in a skillet (heat over low heat and watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn)

For the topping:

*1/2 cup organic all-purpose flour or Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Baking Mix
*1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
*1/4 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 cup salted butter, softened
*1/2 cup organic sugar
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 egg yolk, preferably organic and free-range

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix flour, rosemary, and baking powder together in a small bowl.

2. Beat butter and sugar together in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon. Add the egg yolk and the vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture, mix well, then refrigerate while you prepare the fruit.

2. Combine chopped apples and pears with the rosemary, lemon zest, dissolved cornstarch, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add the browned butter and mix well.

3. Transfer fruit mixture to a deep baking dish, then drop teaspoons full of the the cobbler topping on top (if you use the gluten-free flour mix, the topping may be less stiff than if you use regular flour...that's ok).

4. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until apples and pears are very tender and bubbling, and the topping, which will spread out across the fruit, is golden brown.

This fruit filling was adapted from Food52; the topping was adapted from Canal House Cooking Volume No. 4: Farm Markets & Gardens

 

16 Comments

  1. 1

    Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes — October 15, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    It looks so beautiful where you live! That cobbler is calling me name. I love pear and apple together, what a lovely combination with the rosemary!

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    Maia — October 15, 2011 @ 10:59 am

    What a fantastic combination of flavors. I’ve been loving putting savory herbs into baked goods lately. And your proportion of topping-to-filling looks just right!

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    Csilla Bischoff — October 15, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Love it. I will make it using coconut crystals. Cannot wait. Thank you!

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    Karen — October 15, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    I love rosemary paired with fruit. What a great idea to make this into a cobbler. The original recipe on food52 caught my eye too.

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    Kulsum at JourneyKitchen — October 16, 2011 @ 2:13 am

    Fall really does look special where you live and so does this cobbler. With rosemary? Of course

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    Kathryn — October 16, 2011 @ 7:36 am

    It sounds like a really delicious combination of flavours – I love the addition of the rosemary.

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    Sandi — October 16, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    The lemon juice & its zest always seem to be the ingredients that can make a recipe really special.

    Lovely Fall pictures-

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    Sophie — October 16, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    MMMMMM,…Your cobber, gf looks so appetizing & wonderful, I think! :)

    Yummie & lovely food! i love the added rosemary in here! Good idea flavourwise!

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    Ellie | Gourmand Recipes — October 16, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Beautiful cobbler and great photographs.

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    Celia — October 16, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    I love the sweet-savory mix here! A family friend just got diagnosed with celiac; I’m totally forwarding this…

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    Sobrins — October 17, 2011 @ 2:48 am

    Gorgeous barn pictures! They make me wish we had more fall foliage change on the west coast!

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    France @ Beyond The Peel — October 17, 2011 @ 9:27 am

    Hi Winnie,
    I love the interesting mix of herbs or spices in dessert. I love experimenting with flavors that surprise. I will give this a try. I just did a black pepper in a dried cherry biscotti, that was also surprisingly good.

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    kitchenriffs — October 17, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    The use of rosemary is brilliant! I love the idea – it’s one of my favorite herbs, but I never think to use it in desserts. The recipe looks quite good, too – nice balance between the pears and apples. Thanks.

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    Paula — October 18, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Your photographs are lovely, great shot of the deer! I’ve made apple and pear crisp but I’ve never made a cobbler like yours and I would have never thought to add a bit of rosemary to the recipe. Sounds wonderful and I can see why this dessert was such a big hit at your pot-luck. Too bad Peter had to *skip* out early and miss it :(

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — October 19, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    This looks so stunning! Fall is my favorite time of year… I love the food, the chilly air, the beautiful colors on the trees. This looks like the perfect way to celebrate… I love the idea of adding rosemary to the apples and pears.

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    merry jennifer — October 21, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

    This cobbler was definitely delicious. It’s such a perfect dessert for fall, really. Even better are the memories from that night. :)

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