Apple and Cheddar Cheese Cobbler

*Apple and Cheddar Cheese Cobbler*
Serves 8 to 10

I am not sure why it is but apples and cheese are one of the tastiest combinations.   Once in a while my mother would serve us warm apple pie with a small wedge of cheddar on the side and it was a real treat.  This delicious recipe combines the wonderful flavours of a traditional apple cobbler with the innovative twist of white cheddar "cobbles" scattered over top.  Delicious!

For the filling:
1 cup soft light brown sugar, packed
3 TBS cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
8 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
(About 3 1/2 pounds prepared)
the juice of one lemon
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into bits
For the Cobbles:
2 cups flour
2 TBS white sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese
1 1/3 cups of cold buttermilk, or more as needed

Pre-heat the oven to 190*C/375*F.  Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and then butter a 3 litre baking dish.  Set aside.

Measure the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon and cardamom into a bowl.  Mix together.  Add the apples and toss all together to coat evenly.  Pour this mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Dot with the pieces of butter and then cover tightly with foil.  Bake in the pre-heated oven tof 20 minutes.

While the apples are cooking make the cobbles.  Whisk the flour together along with half of the sugar, the baking powder and the salt.  Add the grated cheddar and toss to coat evenly.  Stir in the buttermilk with a fork, just until the dry ingredients are moistened, using more buttermilk, adding it a tablespoonful at a time,  if needed.  The mixture should be shaggy and moist. 

Remove the partially cooked apples from the oven, take off the foil and discard, and drop the cobbles over top by heaped spoonful's, distributing them evenly over top.  Sprinkle with the remaining 1 TBS of sugar and return to the oven.  Bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until the apples are tender, the juices are bubbling and the cobbles are golden brown.  Serve warm with some ice cream, or pouring cream, or even some creme fraiche. This is just wonderful!!
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