My homemade vegan toffee apple cobbler is warming, sweet and the perfect treat for cold winter evenings, especially bonfire night!
Cook time: 45 min (including prep)
What Is the Difference Between Cobbler and Crumble?
The short answer is that they all consist of some sort of stewed fruit combined with a sweet topping with is then baked to make it crunchy. There are savoury versions of both, but I tend to associate these with bad canteen food. If anyone has a good savoury crumble, crisp or cobbler recipe, please do tell me in the comments.
Crisps and Crumbles
A crumble consists of the aforementioned stewed fruit with a crumbly topping made of flour, butter and sugar. In the UK, we often add oats and nuts to our crumble topping, like I have in my apple crumble with forest fruit.
In the US, they tend to differentiate between a crumble and a crisp, a ‘crisp’ being a name specifically for crumbles that contain oats.
On the other hand, cobblers consist of stewed fruit covered with a biscuit, batter or dumpling topping, which as with crumbles and crisps, is baked to make the topping delicious and crunchy.
For my vegan toffee apple cobbler recipe, I have chosen a shortbread-like topping. It tastes delicious and indulgent with the sweet and sticky toffee apple filling.
How I Came Up with this Recipe
I wanted to create a sweet bonfire night recipe warming enough to keep us cosy on a cold night watching fireworks.
As an adult, I love a mulled wine or cider on bonfire night, but when I was a child, I loved toffee apples (otherwise known as candied apples). They still hold a special place in my heart.
When I was thinking about the bonfire night food I wanted to eat, I immediately thought of toffee apples. I first thought of doing a crumble. While I think this would be delicious, I am a firm believer that bonfire night recipes should never be anything but scrumptiously indulgent. So I decided to go for a more rich, buttery, biscuity cobbler.
And so, my easy vegan toffee apple cobbler recipe was born.
Recipe Substitutions and Variations
- Malt Extract: I use malt extract to make my toffee sauce dark and rich, like bonfire toffee. If you cannot get malt extract, black treacle is also delicious and is more traditional. If you prefer, you can omit malt extract or black treacle altogether and use only golden syrup.
- Apples: While testing this dish, I have used both sour and sweet apples in the filling, and I have not found it makes a great difference to the overall flavour of the dish. Therefore, my advice is to use your favourite apples.
Why This Recipe Is Great
- It is a simple and easy cobbler recipe.
- It is tasty and indulgent.
- It is warming, sweet, and slightly spiced, making it perfect for winter evenings, especially bonfire night.
- I have peeled the apple skins before cooking. If you are in a rush, you can skip this step – your cobbler will still taste delicious.
- Your filling or batter do not need to be neat. Vegan toffee apple cobbler is a rustic dessert, which makes it the perfect recipe for the ‘presentationally challenged’, like me.
- Knife for chopping
- Measuring spoons
- Weighing scales
- Saucepan for making toffee apples
- Ovenproof dish (I have used a 26 x 20 cm dish)
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon for stirring toffee sauce
- A spoon for spreading your topping
Prep: Approximately 15 minutes
Cook Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Yield: Serves two to four
- 50ml water
- 100g / 3.5oz white sugar
- 10g / 0.35oz of golden syrup
- 5g / 0.17oz malt extract or black treacle
- 30g / 1oz vegan butter
- Approx. 600g / 21oz of your favourite apples (peeled, cored and sliced into wedges)
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 100g / 3.5oz plain flour (otherwise known as all-purpose flour)
- 1 tsp white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 60g / 2.1oz vegan butter, melted
- 30ml plant-based milk
- Small pinch salt
Start by preheating your oven to 180°C / 356°F / gas mark 4
To Make Your Toffee Apples:
1. Place the water and sugar in your saucepan and bring it slowly to the boil.
2. Once your sugar has melted, reduce the heat.
3. Add the golden syrup, malt extract, allspice, and the vegan butter.
4. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly.
5. Add the apples and cook until they are slightly soft (about 10 minutes).
6. Place your toffee apples, along with the remaining toffee sauce, into an ovenproof dish.
To Make Your Cobbler Topping:
1. In a bowl, combine your melted vegan butter, sugar, and plant-based milk.
2. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and combine with the rest of the mixture. The result should be a thick batter, like that of biscuits or cookie-dough.
To Make Your Vegan Toffee Apple Cobbler
3. Gently spoon out the batter in chunks evenly(ish) over the top of your toffee apples, a spoonful at a time. This is a rustic dish, so there is no need to cover all your toffee apples or be very neat.
4. Bake your cobbler for 30–35 minutes, until the batter is golden-brown, and the toffee apples are bubbling.
Serve your vegan toffee apple cobbler piping hot from the oven with a big dollop of vegan vanilla ice cream. It is sure to warm you up on a cold November evening watching fireworks.
Vegan Apple Crumble with Foraged Fruit
If you enjoyed this recipe, try my apple crumble with foraged fruit.