Storified by Arya McLean· Sun, Mar 31 2013 18:18:47
Orange zest and orange juice adds a tangy dimension to classic apple cobbler, producing a unique and refreshing dessert dish. With its crumbly golden crust on top with a soft, sweet, and tangy filling at the bottom, apple orange cobbler smells and taste like heaven. Top with some whip cream for the ultimate decadence or serve with vanilla ice cream. This gourmet cooking recipe, adapted from The Pepperidge Farm Cook Book by Margaret Rudkin, makes a no-nonsense delicious dessert for any occasion. It’s also pleasurable with tea or coffee during afternoon breaks.
When cooked, apple orange cobbler should have the appearance of a cobbled street on the surface, hence its name. Peaches are the most popular fruit used for making cobblers but apple cobblers are also a classic favorite. An alternative to the more common apple pie, apple orange cobbler has no crust at the bottom so there’s more syrup and you can really savor the zesty orange flavor. Most apple cobbler recipe uses lemon juice to keep the apples from browning and to give it a tangy bite. The citrus flavor is a surprising and aromatic addition that will make your guests smile and think of warm sunny days.
Make this recipe when apples are in season. The best varieties of apples for making cobblers are tart, crisp and sweet apples like Granny Smith, Jonathan, Pippin, or Jonagold. You can also use different varieties of apples in one dish for more complexity, interesting textures, and a wide spectrum of apple flavors, which will be a real treat for the apple connoisseur.
Use fresh apples and fresh orange juice for best results, but you can also use store-bought orange juice to make this recipe. Wash the apples thoroughly and peel them since most of the apples available in groceries are laden with pesticides. You can also use apples that are almost overripe in this recipe, since they will be softened when baked but it will have a slightly exotic flavor, which is a great way to use up extra apples.