As I mentioned last week, I had meant to make this on Inauguration Day, but I'd only bought 3 apples because I misread the recipe. So this week I bought five more apples. I woke up Sunday morning and pulled out the apple-peeler-corer-slicer I got second-hand from my mom and I peeled those apples and was all ready and excited to get everything into the oven... and then I read the part of the recipe where it says the apples have to sit overnight. Seriously, I need to read recipes more thoroughly before cooking them. So I decided I'd put the apples in the refrigerator for 8 hours and finish it later that night. At 6PM I finally assembled the cobbler and shoved it in the oven. I have no idea if I did it right because it didn't say what kind of pan to use, but my way worked just fine so I'm happy with it.
After the 2 1/2 hours of baking, it was a beautiful, gooey mess of delicious.
It tasted amazing. The long cooking time allows the sugar and apples to cook down into something similar to apple butter. You can't even pick out individual apple slices. It's amazing. We absolutely loved it and it was definitely worth all the time I put into it. I would definitely make this again. Yum! Thanks, Michelle Obama, for leaking this onto the internet!
Michelle Obama's Apple Cobbler
Posted all over the internet
8 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 to 2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup flour
3 sheets refrigerated pie crust
1 stick of butter
Mix filling ingredients in a bowl and let sit in the refrigerator overnight so the spice goes all the way through the apples..
Preheat oven at 325 degrees. Butter and flour the bottom of a large baking dish. Roll out three pie crusts real thin -- as thin as possible. Layer the bottom of the pan with 1-1/2 of the pie crusts and ***** 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 pie crusts 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.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Bake 300 for up to 3 hours -- that's what makes the crust flakey, 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.
Michelle's notes: "I've been making this cobbler for a long time, so I usually just eyeball how much needs to go in. People might want more or less sugar, but this is how our family and friends like it. This recipe makes one cobbler, which is like a double pie."