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A very wonderful apple dessert, with or without the grated cheese, which is optional..if not using the cheese, this is yummy with icecream. If you prefer a thicker apple filling add in a couple tablespoons flour.
- 4 cooking apples, peeled, cored and thickly sliced (Granny Smith or Spartans are good, about 2 pds)
- 1 1⁄4 cups brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3⁄4 cup melted butter
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or more to suit taste)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 cup cold cubed butter
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄2 cup half-and-half cream or 1⁄2 cup milk
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter a 7 x 11-inch baking pan.
- In a bowl, toss the sliced apples with the brown sugar, cinnamon, melted butter and lemon juice; set aside.
- For the batter, combine the flours, brown sugar and baking powder in a food processor.
- Add the cold butter, and pulse until mixture resembles oatmeal.
- Whisk the eggs with the milk and, with the motor running, add to the flour mixture (just until combined).
- Drop half of the batter by spoonfuls, into the prepared baking dish.
- Spoon in the apple mixture.
- Drop dollups of the remaining mixture over the apples.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until apples are tender, and the topping is bubbly.
- Immediately sprinkle with the grated cheddar cheese (if using).
This is an excellent dessert. I did use 5 apples as the ones I had were on the small side - and only all-purpose flour (no whole-wheat flour in my pantry). I had decided I was going to use the cheese as I have always loved a slice of cheddar with my apple pie but, instead of sprinkling the cheese on top of the dessert after it has finished baking, I actually incorporated the grated cheese (not quite 2 cups) into the biscuit batter, which actually worked really well. I think you could easily cut out a 1/4 cup of the sugar added to the apples and I found that all the juice emitted by the apples was absorbed into the biscuits, so I don't thick any extra flour is necessary as thickener. This is really an apple cobbler - very easy to make and absolutely divine served with some heavy cream poured over top. Thanks Kitten - we have another keeper here.