Photo by Tom Curtis

Photo by Tom Curtis

Crab Apple Cobbler Recipe

 

Yes. You read it right. You CAN eat crab apples, and you can make a delicious dessert out of them. (No, they won't make you sick!) How I discovered it is a long story.

 

When I was a child, I had a crab apple tree in my backyard. I was notorious for foraging. I used to pretend the overgrown grass in the field next to our home was wheat. I would grind it up and pretend I was making it into a tortilla. Then, I would go inside and convince myself I had made the manufactured, frozen burrito that I ate.

 

I have a heart for using God's direct provision and working from scratch. I find fulfillment in growing and using my own food...though it doesn't happen as often as I'd like. (Come on! We ALL know it is most often too ridiculous to bypass the frozen foods aisle in exchange for hours of additional work! I have three kids, AND I homeschool.)

 

I longed for those crab apples. They looked so beautiful and so edible, and it seemed like such a waste letting them drop on the ground and rot. However, my parents explicitly said I should not eat them, and (thanks to Eve) I knew of the troubles of eating fruit from the wrong tree. Besides, back then I was a rule abider.

 

Fast forward to the present. I'm not so worried about breaking the rules. In fact, the closer to God I've grown, the more willing I am to break the rules of this world. (I'm not stupid...simply free to take risks when God allows it.)

 

I was out for a walk with the kids on a spectacular fall day, and we came across a crab apple tree. The baby was amazed. I mean, he REALLY wanted to eat one, and I thought, "Can it REALLY be that bad? Surely, we would know if it was poisonous."

 

I let him take a bite. He devoured the whole thing. (I did take a test taste in the meanwhile to ensure his safety!...Not bad. Sour. Tart. Like a Granny Smith.) He wanted more. I let him eat to his delight (4 or 5), and soon we all started picking from the tree. Our harvest quickly turned into a potential apple pie. So, we invested many minutes stuffing our pockets with the little delights.

 

As the crab apples sat in my refrigerator, I started to worry about losing them all to rot before I got around to a home-made pie. I decided to simplify and use them in this fabulous cobbler recipe I had picked out of a local paper...REALLY GOOD IDEA. Yum! I hope you enjoy!

 

Directions:

 

  1. Collect and wash about three or four cups of crab apples.
  2. Cut each apple into four sections to remove. (It's worth the trouble.)
  3. Pour a mixture of 1 1/2 cups sugar and a dash of cinnamon over the apples and mix. (It may be helpful to put the apples and sugar mix into a gallon-sized zipper bag for mixing).
  4. Set aside. Prepare the cobbler mix and continue as directed below:

 

Cobbler Batter Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream 1/4 cup butter with 1/2 cup sugar.
  3. Add 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup milk, and 2 teaspoons baking powder.
  4. Spread batter in a 9 x 13 baking dish. (It will spread pretty thin and look rather sparse.)
  5. Spread apple mixture evenly onto batter.
  6. Pour 1 cup water over the mix.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about forty minutes to an hour.

 

 

 

 

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