Friday, April 18, 2014 · 6:35 a.m.
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Freshly baked apple cobbler, perfect for the holidays! (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Earlier this summer, I became obsessed with baking cobblers—peach, apple, blueberry-peach, the list goes on. I'm not quite sure where the obsession came from—I generally don't bake very often—but when I do, I try to make it good. The fact that I baked cobblers this summer is not only shocking because I don't bake a lot but also because I have a weird thing with baked fruits. OK, here's my confession: Growing up, I loved apple pie and still do. The odd thing is that I usually just pick out all of the apples and only eat the crust. There's something about the texture of baked fruits that freaks me out. I can't be the only weirdo out there who feels this way. Someone, anyone, tell me you understand. Regardless of your stance on baked fruits, an easy fruit cobbler could be just what you'll need to add a little something special to the dessert table during your holiday parties.

Now, I must warn you, this cobbler is not the healthiest thing I've shared with you; it's full of sugar and butter. I wouldn't recommend making a habit of baking this every weekend, but if you want to indulge a bit, this will do. I shared this recipe on my blog a couple of months ago, but with the impending holiday season, I wanted to share it again.

To make this buttery delight, you'll need:

—1 sliced apple

—Fresh lemon juice

—1 1/2 teaspoons of brown sugar

—Dash of cinnamon

—Dash of ground cloves

—2 tablespoons of brandy (you can certainly add more if you prefer)

—1 cup of sugar

—3/4 cup of milk

—3/4 cup of flour

—Pinch of salt

—2 teaspoons of baking powder

—1 stick of melted butter

With your oven preheating to 350 degrees, place sliced apples in a bowl. Drizzle with a bit of lemon juice; this will preserve the apples and keep them from turning brown. Season your apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and brandy. Stir; set aside.

Sliced apples marinating in a mixture of delicious spices ... and brandy! (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

While the apples are "marinating," make the batter. Combine the sugar, milk, flour, salt and baking powder; mix well.

Next, add the melted butter into the batter.

Melted butter in cobbler batter—not the healthiest option, but it's delicious. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Pour the batter into a pie dish, and top with apples.

Oven time! (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Bake for 50 minutes or until cobbler is browned and bubbly. It smells so good ... and it tastes even better.

Brandy-spiced apple cobbler—this can also be made with pears. (Photo: Shawanda Mason)

Visit my blog for the full recipe.

Shawanda Mason is the creator and blogger of Eat.Drink.Frolic. For recipe questions or to chat about eating, drinking or frolicking, she can be reached at eatdrinkfrolic@gmail.com or by following her on Twitter or Instagram. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.

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