Apple Cobbler and Sweet Sauce–a very old recipe made gluten-free

Of course, in the fall I get requests for apple dishes.  This is one my husband always wants me to make.  It was one his mother made regularly for his family.  She didn’t like to cook much but she loved to bake–and she was a very good baker!  She never refused to share her recipes with me.  I am so happy to have them and make them as often as I can in her honor.  Here is the recipe for the gf baking mix–so easy to have in the pantry and so easy to use:

I did a little research about “sweet sauce” and “hard sauce” which are topping you find in older recipe books.  They are very similar and almost always served during the colder months.  Apparently, they were an alternative to whipped cream.  I’m talking about recipes from before 1940 or so.  Back then there wasn’t much in reliable refrigeration.  Urban women might have an ice box or refrigerator but they were so small that keeping thing like whipping cream cold could be a problem.  Perhaps the really heavy cream wasn’t available–only what we would call half & half and that won’t whipp successfully.  Therefore, innovative bakers developed the sweet sauce that could be made easily while other parts of the dinner were on the stove.  Interestingly, I don’t find the sweet sauce to be too sweet!

I hope you will try this dessert for your family.  Start a tradition that your family will want to carry on for years to come!  Enjoy!

Apple Cobbler and Sweet Sauce
Apple Filling
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Baking Free™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour
  • 4 firm apples, peeled and cored, cut into chunks (I used Granny Smith)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ cup baking mix
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Apple Filling
  1. Prepare 8-inch square cake pan by spraying with cooking spray. Core and peel apples--I used 4-5. Cut into chunks. While doing this I always put the cut apples in water with a little lemon juice to avoid the apples darkening. When all are done, drain. Put apples, flour and spices in a medium bowl and gently mix to cover apples. Spread evenly in baking pan. You might want to dot the apples with bits of butter--optional--using about one tablespoonful butter.
  1. Prepare cobbler topping by pulsing the baking mix and milk in a food processor. It should combine into a loose batter. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the top of the prepared apples. Bake at 425 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Until biscuits are browning lightly. Remove and let stand while you prepare the sauce.
  1. In a double boiler beat one egg with one cup sugar. Add the milk and stir. Place over boiling water and add the butter. Heat to a boil. Stir occasionally. Sauce will come together and thicken. Serve warm over apple cobbler.