Adapted from a Gooseberry Patch recipe, this cobbler is the perfect way to end your Thanksgiving dinner. The pears and applesauce combine with the tapioca to produce a thickened, sweet layer of fruit and the topping of buttery biscuits melts in your mouth. I could not find the smaller cans of pears so substituted with the larger 29 ounce size and only added half the liquid. The original recipe calls for the syrup from both cans but it seemed a bit watery to me so I scaled it back. The secret to any biscuit topped recipe is to have the bottom layer hot and bubbling before you add the biscuits. The fruit also needs to cook long enough for the tapioca to work it's magic and thicken the sauce. In my 10 inch deep oven, the cobbler baked for 25 minutes with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 22 briquettes on the lid. Once the fruit was thick and bubbling I added the topping, in 12 minutes the biscuits were golden brown and ready to serve. This needs to be eaten while it's still warm and the biscuits are fluffy and soft so be sure to save some room for a big helping of cobbler. Have a safe, blessed and very Happy Thanksgiving!
Cranberry Pear Cobbler
2 15 1/4 oz cans sliced pears in syrup
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup applesauce
1/4 c. instant tapioca, uncooked
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 cup sugar
1 12 oz tube refrigerated Grands Jr buttermilk biscuits
1/4 cup butter, melted
Lightly oil or spray 10 inch dutch oven.
Pour pears with juice from only one can into prepared dutch oven.
Sprinkle with cranberries and tapioca; set aside.
Combine applesauce with nutmeg and one tsp cinnamon, mix well.
Spoon applesauce over pears and cranberries.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.
In a shallow dish combine sugar and remaining cinnamon; mix well.
Dip each biscuit in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar to coat both sides.
Arrange biscuits over hot fruit mixture.
Continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until biscuits are golden.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Serve warm; top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Makes 6 servings.
|Spoon applesauce over pears, cranberries and tapioca|
bubbling before adding sugar-coated biscuits