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old virginia apple cobbler

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
Amy Wallace
Forest, VA

Taken from my late Aunt Dorothy's personal cookbooks. She was 92 at her parting and these recipes have entertained her Bridge Club and church folks for decades!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Made with very basic ingredients, this is a delicious old-fashioned apple cobbler. The apple filling is sweet with a hint of spice. The apples in this wonderful recipe literally seem to caramelize. Make sure to cook the filling until it's nice and thick because it will thin out while baking. Baked to flaky perfection, the crust has a very old-fashioned feel. The great thing about a cobbler, compared to a pie, is that they are meant to look a little rustic and not perfect. Have fun with the crust - we added a few apples to ours!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 5
serves 6-8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For old virginia apple cobbler

  • 4 c
    apples, pared and sliced
  • 1/2
    lemon or 3 Tbsp bottled lemon juice (my substitute)
  • 3/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/2 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1/3 c
  • 3-4 Tbsp

How To Make old virginia apple cobbler

Test Kitchen Tips
We used a 3qt baking dish for this apple cobbler. An 8x8 pan would work well too.
  • Lemon juice and water in a saucepan.
    Simmer lemon juice in 1/2 cup water for about 5 minutes.
  • Sugar, flour, and nutmeg in a saucepan.
    Combine sugar, 2 Tbsp flour, and nutmeg in a saucepan.
  • Lemon water mixture mixed with sugar mixture.
    Blend in the lemon-water mixture. Cooking until thickened and stirring constantly.
  • Apples and butter added to the saucepan.
    Add apples and butter.
  • Flour and salt in a bowl.
    Sift together the cup of flour and the salt into a mixing bowl.
  • Cutting shortening into flour.
    Cut in the shortening until the particles are like small peas.
  • Sprinkling water into the bowl.
    Sprinkle 3-4 Tbsp cold water over the mixture, a little at a time, while tossing and stirring lightly with a fork. Add water to the driest particles, pushing lumps to the side until the dough is just moist enough to hold together. Form into a ball.
  • Rolling out the dough.
    Flatten dough to about 1/2 inch, smooth at edges. Roll out on a floured surface. Cut into diamonds or triangles. (We use cookie cutter shapes my boys choose).
  • Apples poured into baking dish with crust layered over apples.
    Pour hot apple filling into a well-greased pie pan. Arrange pastry shapes over the filling.
  • Apple cobbler baking in the oven.
    Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees F for 35-45 minutes.
  • Old Virginia Apple Cobbler in a bowl with ice cream.
    Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.