First Lady Michelle Obama asks her White House chefs to cook with seasonal ingredients, and with summer officially over and the leaves starting to turn, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses' recipe for Apple Quince Cobbler is a perfect way to celebrate autumn. The stone fruit is just beginning to come into season from American growers. (Above, Yosses with Mrs. Obama in the Kitchen Garden)
Like all cobblers, Yosses' recipe is easy to make, even for novice home chefs. An exceptionally fragrant fruit, quince is quite hard when raw, but delicious and soft when cooked. Forward-thinking chefs have been featuring it on restaurant menus in recent years, but it has never achieved the rampant popularity in America of its companion in Yosses' recipe, the apple.
Yosses suggests using Macintosh, Macoun, or Golden Apples--or a combination of all three. The recipe is sweetened with honey, and Yosses suggests using locally sourced, artisanal sweet stuff. Serve the finished cobbler warm with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Check the sidebar for more recipes from Yosses, including his recipe for White House Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp, another embroidery on the cobbler idea.
A nine-inch pie plate is called for in the recipe, which can be made without using any special equipment.
White House Apple Quince Cobbler
Ingredients For The Filling
*4 Apples peeled and cut into half-inch cubes; use Macintosh, Macoun, or Golden Apples - or a combination of all three
*2 Quince peeled, pithy center removed, cut into half-inch cubes, poached in water till soft and drained.
*1/2 Cup Sugar
*2 Tablespoons Honey, local artisanal
*2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
*1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
Ingredients For The Crumble Topping
*1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose flour
*3 Tablespoons Sugar, plus 1 Teaspoon
*3 Teaspoon Baking Powder
*3 Ounces Unsalted Butter
*1/2 Cup Quick Qats
*1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
1. In a bowl, toss the apple and quince cubes in the sugar, honey, corn starch, salt and lemon juice. Place in pie plate.
2. In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and 3 tablespoons of sugar, then work the butter in using a fork, fingers or an electric mixer. Blend mixture until fine and even.
3. Add cream and stir or knead until smooth and sticky.
4. Roll or pat dough or break into small pieces and spread over fruit in pie plate. Sprinkle top of dough with 1 T sugar.
5. Bake at 400° F for 45 minutes or until bubbly.
Yosses shared this recipe as part of his appearance earlier this year at TEDx Manhattan, but it was not posted here at the time because quince was long out of season. Click here to read Yosses' wide-ranging speech about his work with Mrs. Obama's Let's Move! campaign, and his appeal for America's chefs to keep health concerns in mind, even when making sweets.
*Top photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan; cobbler photo courtesy of TEDx Manhattan