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This comfort-food dessert Dairy-Free Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Herb Biscuits recipe is a beautiful rendition of a dessert that is absolutely out of this world good! Entirely from scratch, it has a true Southern touch (with a twist) and will have the entire family asking for seconds + thirds. Savory cheddar herb biscuits are the perfect cheesy, buttery topping to go atop a gooey, sweet apple filling to serve with a few scoops of dairy-free ice cream or whipped cream for a savory-sweet treat. Gluten-Free options.
I'm truly the biggest fan of cobblers and I couldn't help but share this warm, comfort-food dessert recipe for you to try with your entire family. There's just something about throwing together an easy dessert in a skillet or one-pan and being able to satisfyingly indulge in that dessert with your favorite toppings like dairy-free ice cream or whipped cream like with this Dairy-Free Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Herb Biscuits. The best part is that this recipe is a great infused adaptation from my original Easy Southern Peach Cobbler [with Canned Peaches], Chicken Pot Pie, and Vegan Gluten-Free Apple Crisp which has become a real fan favorite lately! Embrace the coziness fall with our Baked Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts recipe – They're like a warm hug for your taste buds!
But if you're more team crisp versus cobbler, then you're sure to enjoy this Salted Caramel Apple Crisp, Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Pear Crisp, and Vegan Apple Cranberry Crisp. I can guarantee that this apple cobbler recipe is the perfect rendition for all of the apple lovers of the world. It's so gooey, moist, perfectly sweet, and truly delicious. Plus, there's an amazing bold cheddar-herb flavor from the twist with the biscuits.
I'm definitely making this apple cheddar cobbler again. While this dish is intended for dessert, you can change things up a bit for the entire family by eating this for brunch and it makes amazing leftovers --It's so versatile and the savory-sweet flavor is dynamite. Plus it's satisfyingly filling, the perfect sweet treat or snack, and just as good as the classic.
If you're wondering how to pack all of the classic Southern flavors and textures in just one dessert like this Dairy-Free Apple Cobbler with Cheddar Herb Biscuits, then here's the rundown.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a medium-sized non-stick deep skillet with butter and oil. Mix together the sliced apples and the filling ingredients and toss until apples are coated. Add apple mixture to skillet and set aside.
Whip together the biscuit topping, scoop on biscuit dough, brush with egg wash, and bake cobbler for 35-40 minutes or until deep brown and filling is bubbling. Serve with your favorite topping and wallah!
One of the highlights of this apple cobbler recipe is of course the gooey, spiced filling. You'll need:
The second highlight of this apple cobbler is the Cheddar Herb Biscuits topping which only requires:
It is entirely up to you! I've made this recipe both ways and enjoy them both. I usually make this apple cheddar cobbler for my family, and my kids sometimes won't eat it with the skins on, so I peel them most of the time. I'm sure it goes without saying, but if you choose to leave the skins on, make sure to wash the apples thoroughly!
Even though this skillet apple cobbler is based on using Gala apples, you can also switch things up and add a slightly new flare in their flavor profile by adding any of the following apples for a bit more sweetness or tart:
With skillets, I love using cast-iron skillets that are premium in their coating and make, much like Le Crueset or Staub skillets. However, when it comes to making meals in my favorite skillet, I truly enjoy switching things up and keeping breakfasts, dinners, + desserts in my house interesting by making any of the following:
Whether you make this apple cobbler a few times or you just want to switch things up, you can totally substitute the apples for other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries. Of course, you can also just make a great Peach Cobbler instead too!
Yes, you can use any dairy-free milk you like to make this apple cheddar cobbler. Here are some easy recipes to make your own milk that’s cheaper and so easy!
When it comes to the traditional cobbler as I previously mentioned, there aren't savory biscuits included---it's actually a sweet or spiced filled biscuit topping. However, for this dish, I wanted to add extra pizazz to this delicious recipe by adding Cheddar Herb Biscuits on top.
While these biscuits are super easy to whip together, if you're pinched for time or just don't feel like making biscuits for a quick dessert treat, you can always use store-bought biscuits. Simply take them out of their packaging and place them evenly on top, brush with a herb butter mixture (mixing together melted butter + herbs) and let it bake. Wallah!
Basically, self-rising flour is a flour that includes baking powder and salt that's already added. If you'd prefer to use this type of flour for ease, feel free! However, if you don't----just follow my recipe which adds flour + baking powder + salt, which is all that's needed.
Yes---I know. You might be wondering why I've stated this but it works. Since we'll be using 6 Tbsps of butter in this recipe, I simply cube half of the amount butter and grate the other half. Honestly, I think that the variation in the butter pieces helps some to melt faster and settle more in the dough, which creates a beautiful flakiness like no other for these cheddar herb biscuits atop this apple cobbler recipe.
Baking is such a science, but more importantly because certain ingredients like your leaveners (aka baking powder + baking soda) are completely fresh so that your biscuits (and other baked goods) fully rise and bake through nicely.
Incase you weren’t aware, there’s an easy to double check both the baking powder and baking soda. Here’s what you need:
BAKING SODA HACK:
-Add 1 teaspoon baking soda with ¼ cup vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl and if it’s fresh, the mixture should “bubble/fizz”. If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking soda needs to be replaced.
-Add 1 teaspoon baking powder with ¼ cup Hot tap water in a bowl and if it’s fresh, the mixture should “bubble/fizz”. If no bubble/fizz is present, then your baking powder needs to be replaced.
As you may know, using an 'egg wash' is important when it comes to biscuit toppings and with this apple cobbler, it's no different. Of course, if you can't use regular beaten eggs as egg wash or just don't want to in the moment, now worries! Here are great alternatives:
Store any leftovers in a tightly covered container or glass dish covered and refrigerated for 2-3 days before the topping begins to get mushy. To reheat, simply add leftover apple cobbler to a preheated oven of 375 degrees until warmed through.
Absolutely! To make the biscuit topping GF, simply substitute the flour with GF All-Purpose flour or 1-to-1 GF Baking Flour, which Bob's Red Mill has a great one! Ensure that other ingredients are GF-friendly (i.e. stock, etc.). Also, ensure that coconut milk/cream, baking powder, and cornstarch are GF-friendly.
You can always substitute the salted butter with unsalted butter. When doing so, you can add the salt as an ingredient.
Basically, lemon juice adds acidity to the cobbler which adds great structure and texture as well as a nice tartness that compliments the sweetness of apples.
Since baking powder is a leavener, this means that it allows baked goods to rise. Therefore, if you forget it in your apple cobbler, you'll more than likely have flat biscuits.
It's always great to test the middle with a toothpick or butter knife to ensure that it comes out mostly clean. Please note that you might see a bit of the filling when tested, but you shouldn't see any biscuit dough that's uncooked. Also, the filling should be bubbly around the sides, and the tops of the biscuits should be more deep amber than golden.
Honestly, it's really up to you. This standard recipe can be up to 6 servings, depending on how many scoops you choose to indulge in (I'm guilty of eating this stuff massively. Haha). However, to increase the servings, simply make twice as much or triple the amount of the ingredients.
Now that you've fallen in love with the apples in this recipe, put them to good use with these other delicious apple recipes that the entire family will love:
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