Honeycomb and apple cobbler
This version, flavoured with honeycomb and cinnamon is a pleasure to make, and the ultimate autumnal indulgence
When autumn arrives and the apples are abundant, there’s nothing cosier than a cobbler or a crumble.
If you can’t find honeycomb you can use a chocolate covered honeycomb chocolate bars or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can try making it with John's recipe (below).
10 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and each sliced into 8 150g caster sugar1 tsp ground cinnamon100g honeycomb, bashed into small nuggets60g butter
For the cobbles:
500g plain flour 20g baking powder80g caster sugar80g unsalted butter, cubed2 medium eggs250ml whole milk1 egg beaten, to glaze
Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan. Place the apples, sugar, butter, cinnamon and honeycomb (see recipe below if you fancy making it yourself) into a medium roasting dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes to ensure they get really soft
Meanwhile make the cobbles. Toss together the flour, baking powder and sugar then rub through the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten eggs and stir through, then add the milk and bring the dough together until smooth, though don’t overwork the dough.
Roll the dough out to about 2cm thick, then cut out as many 3 inch circles as possible. Arrange these on top of the apples, glaze the tops of the cobbles, then return to the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cobbles are golden brown and risen, and the apple filling is bubbling and soft.
John's homemade honeycomb recipe
75g unsalted butter200g caster sugar75g golden syrup2 tsp bicarbonate soda
Place the butter, sugar and syrup in a saucepan over a high heat. Allow the mixture to bubble until it goes golden brown, swirling the pan every now and the to ensure an even colouring, but don’t stir or it will crystallise. This takes around 5 minutes.
2, Once the mixture is golden brown, remove from the heat and stir in the bicarbonate, which will cause the mixture to bubble up. Quickly pour this on to one of the lined baking sheets and allow to set completely.