Learn how to make homemade apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping, not using any cake mixes or pre-canned pie fillings! It is delicious and easy and requires very little prep time.
The first time I made this recipe I was a little unsure about how baking a biscuit type topping would work in the crockpot. By now I have been doing it for awhile and I want to share this easy perfect dessert recipe with you today! It is not as complicated or tedious as it may seem. This is a great recipe for those busy days where you need to fix and “forget”. There are many crockpot recipes around, but healthy and delicious dessert crockpot recipes are not as common. Find my most used crockpot here.
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I think of apple cobbler as a tasty and festive dish that provides comfort and warmth. It is something served at the family meal table where memories are made and good conversation is had. Apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping is a great dessert to take to a church fellowship meal or family get together.Jump to Recipe
Why you should make apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping
This is a perfect fall dessert to serve with a scoop of ice cream. You will find that this delicious dessert only requires a small handful of ingredients, which I’m pretty confidant you have on hand right now. Unlike most recipes for apple cobbler in the crockpot, mine does not call for yellow cake mix, white cake mix or a spice cake mix. Cake mix apple cobbler is not the real deal, folks! This recipe is from from scratch and so healthy for you. I believe in cooking from scratch with whole foods as much as possible. That’s not saying I’ve never made a cake mix recipe before or that all cake mixes are unhealthy, I just prefer creating my recipes with from-scracth ingredeints.
So many people are into sourdough these days that I came up with a sourdough version of this classic recipe. Plus the ease of a crockpot makes it just a little bit different than the normal apple cobbler recipes that you’ll find on Pinterest.
The cobbler topping uses sourdough and offers a wonderful tangy taste to the dessert. I love easy fall desserts, and this one won’t disappoint you! The flavorful aroma of the cooking apples mixed with cinnamon will have your house smelling so inviting.
This easy dessert can be made earlier in the day and cook while you leave the house or go about your projects. It is perfect for a no-fuss dessert.
Ingredients for apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping
- tapioca granules or cornstarch
- maple syrup or other sweetener (unrefined sugar, evaporated cane juice or honey)
Sourdough cobbler topping
- sourdough starter
- unbleached white flour (all purpose flour)
- wheat flour
- maple syrup or other sweetener, unrefined, sugar, evaporated, cane, juice, or honey
- melted butter or coconut oil
- heavy cream
Note: Canned apple pie filling can be used in place of using fresh apples. I have also used homemade peach pie filling in this recipe.
Brown sugar can be replaced for the sweetener if you prefer.
I have made this recipe using frozen instead of fresh apples. (I’ve been making meals this past week with leftovers and other freezer food to make some more room in there). Last fall when the apples were needing to be used up, I sliced and froze some of them for quick baking later on. I took the bag out of the freezer this morning and let the apples thaw for about 45 minutes. Then transferred them to the crockpot where I broke up the chunks slightly with a knife. When using frozen apples or fruit, add an additional 2 tablespoons of thickener to absorb the excess liquid from the frozen fruit.
Instructions for apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping
Peel and slice apples into desired sizes. Place the apples inside the crockpot. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, tapioca granules, and sweetener. Stir it together well.
Then make the topping. Place melted butter or coconut oil in a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients. Use your hands to make little biscuits with the dough and place evenly on top of the apple mixture. (You will have a little bit of extra biscuit dough depending on how thick you make your biscuits. I just cook the leftover biscuits in a little cast iron pan in the oven and we eat them for breakfast).
Sprinkle the brown or regular sugar on top of the sourdough topping and apples. This is not necessary but it gives a delicious crisp appearance and golden color to the finished dessert.
Bake for up to four hours on high or up to eight hours on low. Be careful not to over bake or the mixture will be over done and watery with too much liquid in the crockpot.
Crockpots conjure water and moisture inside, so you always want to go a little bit less on the liquid, then having too much since the crockpot makes liquid. You can also slant the lid to allow plenty of room for moisture to escape, then just the little steam hole on most crockpot lids.
You do not need to grease the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray in this recipe.
What types of apples to use?
Baking apples that are best to use are the more tart varieties like:
- granny smith apples
- Golden Delicious
Galas or honey crisp will work also. Red delicious have a tendency to mush easily and not hold their flavor well. Tart, rather then super sweet apples, are the best to go for.
How to serve apple cobbler in the crockpot with sourdough topping
- For breakfast with milk and yogurt
- As a dessert with ice cream or whipped cream
This is also great as a teatime snack or to take to a get-together meal
How long will homemade crockpot apple cobbler with sourdough topping last?
After about a day it should be placed in the refrigerator to avoid spoiling. Store with the crockpot lid on or in an airtight container. Eat within 5 to 7 days. It is also a great option to divide out into single portion servings in containers and store in the fridge that way. Then they are ready to serve! You could also cover with a beeswax wrap.
Items you might need to make apple cobbler with sourdough topping
crockpot (this is my favorite)
large glass measuring bowl
spatulas or mixing spoons
knife for preparing apples
Enjoy a bowlful with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert tonight!
I have not tried this recipe gluten free or with almond, coconut or other similar flours. There are recipes you can find that are are specifically created with those flours. I recommend sourcing one for your needs.
Either it could be an issue with the crockpot or possibly that the lid is being lifted too often, like if it is being checked on. Lifting the lid on a cooking crockpot lets steam and heat escape which will usually add an additional 30 minutes of time needed to cook!
It will normally last covered in the fridge between 5-7 days.
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Apple Cobbler in the Crockpot with Sourdough Topping
- 5-6 cups sliced apples
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons tapioca granules or cornstarch (add more if using frozen apples
- Sourdough topping:
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/2 cup wheat flour
- 1/4 cup unrefined sugar or brown sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup sourdough starter (I used fed starter) but I think discard will work!)
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Additional 1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling on top of biscuits
- 1/4 cup water (omit if using frozen apples)
- Peel and slice the apples
- Place the apples inside the crockpot
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, tapioca granules, and sweetener
- Stir it together well
- Melt the coconut oil or butter
- Mix the topping ingredients all together
- Use your hands and make little ball with the dough. Pat in your hands and place in crockpot on top of apples
- Sprinkle with 1-2 Tablespoons of brown sugar if desired
- Cook on high for up to 4 hours or on low for up to 8 hours. Do not over cook. If excess moisture is congregating inside the crockpot, then slant the lid for a little while.
- Serve with any of my serving suggestions above. Enjoy!