We all know how it goes. It’s 2014 and then it’s MLK day and then it’s February and then WHAT. Valentine’s Day. And no planning has been had.
Piggybacking off of yesterday’s list of things to do for this chocolate-laden day, I want to share a recipe as well. As fun as it is to go out for dinner, I’ve always appreciated a home-cooked meal 523432 times more. There’s something about taking the (extra) time to cook from appetizer to dessert and pretend we know a lot more about wine than we do (read: Always go red).
With spring fruit still a month away, this version of an apple cobbler for two is pretty rad way to end a home-cooked dinner. It’s so much easier than a pie, and when you’re having a last-minute moment like the two days before Valentine’s Day, you can use store-bought biscuits to top off the fruit and nobody will know the difference.
On my last visit to SoCal, a friend gave me a box of gata, an Armenian pastry that to me looks and tastes like a cross between a coffeecake and cookie. The ones I got came in smaller shapes that I could quickly slice and lay on top of the apples to bake off. Since the gata were already cooked, I softened them with butter and covered everything in foil so they wouldn’t get burnt and not-romantic-like.
If you do this with uncooked biscuit dough, leave the dish uncovered so it gets nice and golden-brown. Don’t forget to serve it hot with ice cream – the ricanelas flavor from Bi-Rite if you make this for me, please and thank you.
Gata get baking.
Apple Bake for Two
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the apples thinly and set aside. In a skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter and brown sugar over medium heat and pour into the bottom of two greased ramekins or a 5″ wide pan.
- In the same pan, sauté the sliced apples, cinnamon, seeds from half the vanilla bean, and 2 Tbsp butter. Cook over medium heat until the apples are tender but aren’t falling apart, about 7-10 minutes.
- Layer the apples over the brown sugar mixture in the pan and use a spatula or wooden spoon to evenly distribute everything.
- Slice the biscuits into strips and arrange over the apples in the ramekins or pans. Cut the remaining 3 Tbsp of butter into small chunks and dot on over the biscuits.
- If the biscuits are cooked (as mine were), cover the pan with foil; otherwise, leave uncovered. Bake for 30-35 minutes until apples are bubbling and have risen slightly above the biscuits.
- Let cool 10 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.