Caramel Apple Pear Cobbler

I’m a bit ashamed to tell you that I baked all kinds of things during the holidays that I have yet to share with all of you. I realize that November and December are long gone, and now January is almost over. But, I figure this is a good case of “better late than never.”

I first made this cobbler for Thanksgiving. It was so good that I made it again for one of our Christmas dinners. The first time, I made it in a pie pan as suggested in the recipe. The second time, I made it in various size bakers. I used individual-sized ramekins as well as a couple of larger pans. Either way works, but I am such a sucker for those little bakers.

Caramel Apple Pear Cobbler is a delicious combination of fall flavors. Just add ice cream! - Bake or Break

My first instinct was to add some vanilla to the recipe. It just seemed like there should be some in there somewhere. However, I decided to stick to the original recipe and didn’t augment at all. The verdict? No vanilla needed at all. You may have a different opinion, but I think all that caramel is all the flavor this cobbler needs.

Caramel Apple Pear Cobbler

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Caramel Apple Pear Cobbler


    For the filling:
  • 3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced (about 1 & 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 large pears, peeled and sliced (about 1 & 1/2 pounds)
  • For the crust:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup uncooked regular oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • toasted pecans for garnishing


To make the filling:

Lightly grease a 10-inch deep-dish pie plate or shallow 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.

Combine apples, brown sugar, and flour. Stir to coat apples.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apple mixture and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Add pears and cook, stirring often, for 5 more minutes. Spoon fruit into prepared pan.

To make the crust:

Combine flour, oats, dates, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center. Stir together milk, butter, and egg. Add to dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.

Spoon over fruit mixture. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. If desired, garnish with pecans.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living.

The crust mixture can also be made into 10 muffins. Fill lightly greased muffin pans two-thirds full with batter. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.

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  1. Nick January 29, 2009 Reply

    I agree, better late than never. The flavor combo in this cobbler sounds outstanding. I would add a touch of peanut butter for a rich nutty taste!

  2. sara January 29, 2009 Reply

    Mmmm, these look totally fabulous! Yum.

  3. Bridgett January 29, 2009 Reply

    They do look mighty yummy! And I love them in the little rammies. Nice portion control around here (says the girl trying to lose 10 lbs.).

  4. Katrina January 29, 2009 Reply

    Anything you blog is better late than never! Looks delicious!

  5. Meeta January 29, 2009 Reply

    oh this looks really good to me!

  6. Heather P. January 29, 2009 Reply

    This looks delish! Yum!

  7. JEP January 29, 2009 Reply

    I’m putting a scoop of vanilla Haagen Dazs on my ramekin-size warm cobbler…yum!

  8. Bakerella January 29, 2009 Reply

    Yay… you’re back. Definitely later over never anytime.

  9. Nan (and Jim) January 29, 2009 Reply

    So good! Ice cream (vanilla, of course) just adds decadence to this cobbler. I’m sure it is good without the ice cream, too. THANKS for making this for us during the Holidays. It was one of my favorites!

  10. Gigi January 29, 2009 Reply

    I’m a sucker for individual desserts! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. The Duo Dishes January 29, 2009 Reply

    Better late than never, agreed. These babies look SO good. Just full of sweet, caramely goodness. Oh if only to have a spoon…

  12. Dani January 29, 2009 Reply


  13. Monica H January 29, 2009 Reply

    Long time no blog my friend! I missed all your deliciousness over the past weeks. And this cobbler is a good come back dessert. I hope your next post isn’t so far out :-)

  14. Bunny January 29, 2009 Reply

    Caramel and apples, is there anything better. Your pictures a wonderful!

  15. Hayley January 29, 2009 Reply

    I was so thrilled to see another recipe of yours posted! This looks amazing, as usual. Thanks for sharing!

  16. icelandicchef January 30, 2009 Reply

    Finally……a new recipe, and I like this combo of caramels and apples. The pics are excelent as well, nice job.

    check ut my baked alaska…..pretty proud of that one, hope you like it.

  17. The Chic Cakery January 30, 2009 Reply

    Mmmm…warm caramel and apples on a cold day. Fabulous!
    I just received a new set of ramekins for my birthday. I think I may just have to try this!

  18. megan January 30, 2009 Reply

    wow this looks awesome! I’m definitely trying it :)

  19. Culinarywannabe January 30, 2009 Reply

    I’m a big fan of individual little ramekins — no sharing!! :) Love how the pecans look on top.

  20. Just found your blog, and looking forward to becoming a loyal reader. Anything warm and sweet in ramekins is enough to have me hooked!

  21. heather January 30, 2009 Reply

    wow. i. must. have. this.

    love dropping by for new, fabulous recipes!



  22. The Food Hunter January 30, 2009 Reply

    better late than never…they look delicious.

  23. Scott at Realepicurean February 1, 2009 Reply

    I haven’t baked anything since Xmas but I’m really starting to feel the urge now…

  24. dawn February 1, 2009 Reply

    wonderful to see you and your fabulous creations up again!

  25. the caked crusader February 2, 2009 Reply

    Love the individual servings – makes it look really elegant

  26. Tuulia February 2, 2009 Reply

    Looks so delicious… 😀 I’d definitely like to have a bite.

  27. Sara February 2, 2009 Reply

    Wow, this looks amazing! You can’t go wrong with caramel and fruit.

  28. Morgana February 3, 2009 Reply

    Yes, better now than never, of course.

    We missed you… A lot!

  29. Morgana February 3, 2009 Reply

    Yes, better late than never, of course.

    We missed you… A lot.

  30. Maria February 3, 2009 Reply

    Glad you are back and with an amazing dessert too!

  31. Abby February 3, 2009 Reply

    Glad to see you back! The cobblers are beautiful and adorable all at the same time. Caramel and pecans sounds like a heavenly combination.

  32. brilynn February 3, 2009 Reply

    I’m a firm believer in better late than never. This looks great!

  33. Katie February 4, 2009 Reply

    I agree a good recipe is a good recipe anytime of the year. And this looks good!

  34. lisa (dandysugar) February 6, 2009 Reply

    I love these little mini cobblers. I can’t think of a better gooey combination than caramel, apples and pecans!

  35. Stephanie February 7, 2009 Reply

    The pictures are gorgeous! And you were right… better late than never =)

    P.S. I added you to my blogroll. You’re a fave now! <3

  36. kimberleyblue February 9, 2009 Reply

    Wow, that sounds so simple and so tasty. Yum!

  37. JV February 10, 2009 Reply

    Hi! I just stumbled across your blog and can’t decide which I like better…your recipes or your photos! I’m a huge fan of food + photography so just wanted to stop by and say your site is great!

    p.s. this recipe sounds delicious! must try soon!

  38. Baking Monster March 23, 2009 Reply

    That looks soo good. Everything you make looks good! I love your site so much, it’s really great!

  39. redmenace May 6, 2009 Reply

    These look absolutely delicious! And, a lovely picture. Thank you. I am inspired.

  40. Otehlia Cassidy July 27, 2009 Reply

    Yum! I was just thinking about an apple – caramel galette. Cobbler might be easier and looks delish!!

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