Do you prefer to bake, cook, bbq or microwave? I fall into the latter category, but a couple weeks ago I was having a major craving for my dad’s homemade apple pie. He prides himself on his pie-baking skills and it’s typically one of his Thanksgiving duties. So last November we gathered around my parents dining room table with my cousins, siblings and husband, who grew up in Germany, celebrating his 1st traditional Thanksgiving. I noticed one of my dad’s pies was baked in a casserole dish (he’s more concerned with taste over presentation) and teased, ‘Yum, it’s a cobbler.’
Apparently, my husband had never heard the dessert term ‘cobbler,’ but loved it and there were plenty of leftovers. The next day he kept calling it ‘Gobbler,’ but I decided not to correct him and we all nibbled on it like little vultures. Our good family friend, Ryan, who grew up in Taiwan – also unaware of the dessert ‘cobbler’ – overheard my husband complimenting the delicious leftover ‘Gobbler.’
Maybe it’s one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments, but I had a giggle attack that evening when Ryan asked my mom, ‘is there any more of that Gobbler?’ She looked totally confused and replied, ‘Are you talking about the leftover turkey?‘ It was our own little ‘Modern Family‘ moment. All we needed was Sofía Vergara in the mix.
Now back to a couple weeks ago in Switzerland when I decided one Sunday afternoon to bake. Here’s how to satisfy an ‘Apple Gobbler’ craving with a fraction of the calories and time is takes to bake a pie…
<The Dough - I decided to pass on making an actual pie and decided to make my mini dessert with homemade Oatmeal Cookies using this recipe. This is right before they went in the oven>
<Cook + Cool - After the Oatmeal Cookies baked about 10 minutes, I scooped them onto this tray. Then it was time for…>
<Vanilla Dream - I wanted to add a mini-scoop of vanilla ice-cream for that homestyle apple pie dessert feeling. I’ve mentioned it before, but Mövenpick is truly the BEST ice-cream I’ve ever had in my life. It is a true Swiss delicacy and since it’s made by Nestlé, I hope they expand beyond Asia, Europe and the Middle East to the US one day. Fingers crossed>
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<Mini ‘Apple Gobbler’ - Finally, I cut up a crispy apple called Braeburn. For the apple experts out there, it tastes like a cross between Granny Smith and Lady Hamilton. I mixed it in with cinnamon and sugar, garnished it on top of the Vanilla Dream and my dessert was ready-to-go. I presented it to my husband with a Nespresso coffee…>
<The Result – Having zero expectations of my baking abilities, he was really impressed. This mini ‘Apple Gobbler‘ dessert was the perfect solution to my dad’s apple pie craving and I’ve picked up the ‘European‘ trick of tiny dessert portions. This bowl is only about 3″x3″ with a mini scoop of ice-cream, 3 apple slices and the fresh Oatmeal cookie – approx 250 calories total. A Thanksgiving portion of apple pie with ice-cream can easily run over 600 calories>
Thanks for joining me in the kitchen on this very rare occasion. PS – the Oatmeal cookies were really good right out of the oven, but by the next day they tasted so stale and weren’t soft at all. If you have any tips for your favorite homemade cookies or a recipe for soft Oatmeal cookies, please let me know.