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Inspired by the famous Houston’s Restaurant in Austin, Texas (now known as Bartlett’s), this Apple Walnut Cobbler is like an upside-down apple pie, because that's exactly how you do it. The baked apple tarts are topped with a rich caramel sauce that has been accented with walnuts that add a crisp texture and a nutty flavor.
Just make sure you have a couple of frozen apple pies on hand, because once you serve this warm with vanilla ice cream, you'll want to make it over and over again!
How is Apple Walnut Cobbler made like the one in Houston?
The trick: frozen apple pies! At the Houston restaurant, the cobbler is made from frozen, unarmed apple cakes arranged in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
It is one of the few things that the restaurant does not do from scratch.
Adding allspice, cinnamon, and lemon juice to the apple pie filling gives the cobbler a brighter, more homemade flavor. But the real magic is in the homemade caramel and walnut sauce poured on top!
How is walnut and caramel filling made?
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture resembles caramel sauce. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add cinnamon, water, and California walnuts. Water helps loosen consistency, while walnuts add a nice crunch!
How do you make a walnut dressing with salted caramel?
For that salty-sweet effect, replace unsalted butter with salty butter.
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If you only have unsalted butter on hand, add ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt or ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt to the sauce when you add the cinnamon, water, and nuts. The residual heat will gradually dissolve the salt in the sauce.
How do you defrost a frozen apple pie in the fridge?
Simply place the wrapped cake in the refrigerator to defrost overnight.
How do you defrost a frozen apple pie on the counter?
Place the cake on your counter, still wrapped in plastic wrap, for 4 hours or until it's cold but soft enough to cut. Keeping it wrapped in plastic will ensure condensation forms on the outside of the plastic wrap, rather than the crust.
Inspired by the famous Houston’s Restaurant in Austin, Texas (now known as Bartlett’s), this Apple Walnut Cobbler is like an upside-down apple pie, because that's exactly how you do it. Then the baked apple tarts are topped with a rich caramel sauce that has been accented with walnuts, adding a crisp texture and a nutty flavor.
For the shoemaker:
- 2 frozen apple tarts 9 "in diameter each, thawed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 10 ounces California nuts (2 1/2 cups)
To make the Shoemaker:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Carefully remove the top of the dough from each cake with a sharp knife and place the tops into a 9 "x 13" rectangular baking sheet with the apple facing up. (It's okay if it breaks). Press the dough into the bottom and sides of the baking pan, overlapping if necessary, and set aside.
- Gently scoop or pour the apple filling from each cake into a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, allspice, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Place the apple filling on the baking sheet on top of the cake batter.
- Top the apples with the bottom pastry dough, apple side down, overlapping if necessary. Cut several small slits into the dough and bake according to the cake instructions, or at 400 degrees, for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is browned and the apples are bubbling. Remove from the oven.
To do coverage:
- While the shoemaker is baking, in a medium saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture bubbles and turns dark brown and caramel consistency, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add cinnamon, water and nuts. Stir to coat walnuts in caramel. Set aside.
To assemble the Shoemaker:
- Once the cobbler has finished baking, pour the hot caramel-walnut mixture over the cobbler. Cut into squares and serve hot with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream.
Recipe notes: Salted caramel: Use better salty instead of salt-free if you love salted caramel. To defrost the cakes: Frozen apple pies can be thawed on the counter or overnight in the refrigerator. Do not defrost cakes in the microwave.
Calories :: 541kcal