Apple Pear Cobbler

I love chocolate as much as the next person, assuming that person isn’t one of those weirdos that despises chocolate. I digress. Lately, I have been in the mood for fruity desserts. I found some Bartlett pears in the forgotten corners of the fridge, grabbed some Granny Smiths and ran with them, unsure of where they would lead me.  After minimal consideration, a cobbler was the plan for me.

Apple Pear Cobbler

Filling
2 lbs. Granny Smith Apple, diced
2 Bartlett Pears, diced
¼ c peach preserve
2 bags of chamomile tea
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp allspice
¼ tsp clove
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ c all-purpose flour

Crust
2 ½ c almond flour
¾ c arrowroot starch
¼ c cold butter, cubed
3 tbsp honey
2 eggs
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ c chopped pecans
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Bear in mind: Despite the almond flour and arrowroot starch, this is not a paleo/gluten free/special diet dessert.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all the filling ingredients in a large bowl. Allow filling to sit covered while you make the crust.

Start with combining the almond flour and arrowroot starch. Add butter and cut in with forks until it resembles a crumble. Add honey, eggs, salt and baking soda until combined. Fold in the chopped pecans.

Note: Making the crust can all be done in the food processor. Just add all of the ingredients and pulse until it resembles a dough. I, however, am far too lazy to dig out, assemble and clean the processor so I did it by hand.

Spoon about 2 ½ tablespoons of filling into each ramekin and top with the crust. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Place all of the ramekins on a cookie sheet (I did this to minimize the chance of a mess in the oven).

Note: I made this recipe to serve 7 so your measurements per dish may vary.

Put pan on the middle rack and allow to bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden.

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and top with ice cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the love of Food!

“I love food!” I hear this on a regular basis. We live in a society that has a passion for food, or so they say. Recently, I discussed the joy of food with an elder at church. I listened to her describe a dish she prepared, and noticed that she described it with all of her being. As she went through the steps, she mimicked the mixing and pouring. As she described the smells, textures and flavors she closed her eyes visualizing it all as she told me about it. I was enraptured.

At that moment I thought to myself, “This is what it is to have a sincere appreciation for food. She handles her food with such care and is mindful of all that goes into it. Food for her is more than a source of nutrition but an experience”. I think about all of the self-proclaimed “foodies”. They take the best photos, write with painstaking detail, trying all of the newest, greatest and trendiest cuisine that the industry has to offer but I never felt anything like I did as this woman drew me into her culinary experience.

This begs the question: what does it mean to love food? Many people think eating constantly demonstrates love for food. I would argue that it’s the exact opposite. Some would assume that the size of the woman is as great as her love for food. You, too would be wrong. Someone who appreciates food appreciates it so much that the idea of rushing through it is unthinkable. She takes 30 minutes minimum to eat. At first that may seem like the reasonable amount of time, but I challenge you to make your meal last as long. You may be surprised.

For all who love food but don’t cook, why?! Food is not experienced in consumption alone, but in preparation. It is one thing to enjoy the final results, but to see and be a part of its beginnings are something to behold, as well. To see a mass of flour, yeast and water transform into beautifully brown and tender loaf. Don’t underestimate the feeling of seeing the fruits of your labor.

I know that I could learn a lot from my elder especially when it comes savoring my food as I eat it and not inhaling it. But, I would like to think I have some of it right. I love the process of making dishes, coming together and sharing with others.

So, for the love of food, take your time, relish the taste, try that recipe and make it an experience.