17 Jan 2013

Spiced Apple Cobbler with Jaggery

This is the 50th post on Deliciously Directionless. And to celebrate this ‘golden’ milestone, here is a sweet baked dish with 50 shades of gold – from the perfectly browned crust to the caramelised jaggery! This Spiced Apple Cobbler was inspired by a random tweet by fellow foodie and partner-in-delicious-potlucks, Chhavi, who had baked the apple filling with jaggery, instead of sugar as used by traditional recipes. It’s a spiced up version with not just cinnamon, but also cloves and nutmeg for added flavours. So give it a shot; it’s really easy and tastes divine (even though it looks a bit rustic!).

This recipe serves 6-8 people, depending on portion size!

You’ll need:

For the Filling
  • 500g Apples
  • 50g Jaggery
  • 1tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 Cloves, ground
  • ¼tsp Nutmeg powder

For the Crust
  • 50g All Purpose Flour
  • 50g Caster Sugar
  • 25g Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • ½tsp Baking Powder

How to:
  • Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease a 20cm cake tin and set aside.
  • Core and thinly slice the apples. (You can peel the apples before slicing if you wish; I used them as is.)
  • Cut the jaggery into as small pieces as you can.
  • Mix the apples, jaggery and the three spices. Spread this mixture in the cake tin, covering the base completely. You can sift some sugar on top if you wish.
  • Sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together.
  • Add the egg and beat well. Mix in the vanilla.
  • Add the dry mixture and incorporate as you would a cake batter.
  • Spoon the batter over the apple and jaggery mixture. Don’t worry if the batter doesn’t completely cover the fruit filling.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes till the apples are tender and the crust is golden brown.
  • Serve warm as is or with ice cream on the side.

OK, I admit it; I ate it straight from the cake tin! But look how tempting it is :)


  1. Rustic and beautiful :) Happy 50th post and heres to many more 50's coming your way! :)


  2. This rusticness looks so goood!Congrats for the 50th:)To many more!!

  3. I am salivating right now. Think i will make this SOON!

    1. Think it's the last pic that's doing it ;) Thank you!!

  4. i agree make this soon and congrats on the 50 th post :)

  5. Wow - that looks delicious and divine. I think I want to try it out. Since you have given the pics, it makes it seem more easy to try out. Can keep referring back stage by stage in case of doubt. Thanks a ton - waiting for more recipes like this one!

    1. Thanks so much, Swapna! Do try it out & let me know. Cheers :)