Just before I start, I really would appreciate a few guest posts for my exam period in November! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, I would LOVE to feature you all 😀
Ok lovely people, you know how my posts usually go on and on and on for days on end? This post is going to be like that because I. Am. Exhausted.
Beyond exhausted, keeping my eyes open is actually quite a feat right now. Not even kidding!
Why? Because I have just had my uni break (only a week, mind you!) and instead of catching up on all the work I promised myself I would, I have been the time of my life.
Hence the exhaustion.
Let’s see now, shall we? There was the visit to Three Williams to kick off the holidays. Back then, I was still like ‘I have a week to do all my assignments and readings, I will be fine!’ – Funny. I didn’t really start working till Saturday…
Jokes, Sunday. As in, two days ago. And now I am writing my post so you can see I have progressed far 😛 But anyways…
There was this incredible birthday party where I met up with my best friends from high school and we all went to a giant trampoline fun house. Yes. You heard me right. Crazy isn’t it how fantastic life is? I was so sore the day after, I literally felt 100 years old 😛
And then after a bit of a lull, I had my Psychology Ball. The first one the UNSW Psych Org has ever organised!!! If you are friends with me on Facebook, I am sorry I inundated your newsfeed with photos 😛
Such an amazing night (Photo Booth crazy anyone?) 😀
What happened yesterday? WELL… I got my first chocolate hangover… I woke up with a clogged up throat and bloodshot eyes. Classic drinking a milkshake at Max Brenners late in the night. Will I ever learn? 😉
And THAT is why I am so tired right now. I am not a party animal, I don’t go out every night but when I do, I have a damn good time 😀 Consequently of course, I collapse from it all and pretend my life problems are really not there 😉
But as exhausted as I am right now, I think I can muster up some energy to eat this cobbler-crisp style dessert I made only yesterday. It was done, dusted and ready for devouring in only an hour! Why did I make it? Because we are between seasons right now, the fruit it boring. I can’t use peaches or nectarines, yet the mandarins and guavas are also long gone!
This makes me, a certified fruitarian, stuck with apples and pears and bananas. Golly-gee-whiz, how exciting! *Insert hick voice and sarcasm*. This crispish-cobbler (ok, decided right now, going to call it a cobbler) is the only way I could think of making the fruits exciting!
But that is not the exciting part of this cobbler, oh not at all my friends! No. This cobbler actually uses a very special ingredient – Wattle Seeds! I received this sample from the wonderful folks over at Australian Wild and was so excited to be able to use a native ingredient!
Look at that colour, so inviting and earthy! It was such a pungent, strong smell as well and slightly (because of my overactive imagination) transformed my kitchen into the great bushlands of Australia!
Australian Wild is actually focusing on preserving Australia’s natural and unique biodiversity by promoting a range of native ingredients and having been born here, I am proud to help them with this 🙂 To find out more about their fantastic work, check out and sign up for their Kickstarter Campaign, where you can also find more recipes using their delicious ingredients and all about their goal 😀
Then, you can introduce yourselves fully to some native herbs and spices by perhaps making this cobbler 😀 It was definitely earthier from the wattle seed, so be careful how much you add! But it was deliciously sweet yet light despite the all butter I managed to add into it 😛
Enjoy mes cheris! I am off to fall asleep for a long time! A result of too much fun 😉
Apple-Pear Wattle Seed Cobbler
Inspired by: Blahnik Baker
Sweetly Sautéed Fruit:
- 2 Pink Lady apples (I only used one but it wasn’t enough)
- 1 large pear (you can use more if you want, but it may not fit in the skillet!)
- 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 50g butter
- 2 tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon/mixed spice
- 1 cup plain flour (I had to use self-raising and there was no difference)
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2-3/4 tsp Australian Wild Wattle Seed (I ground mine a little more with a mortar and pestle before using it 🙂
- 120g butter, softened
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.
- Wash, dry, peel and roughly chop up the pear and apples into small, thin pieces. Drizzle with lemon juice till coated through.
- In a skillet measuring 16-17cm in diameter, place the pear and apple pieces, the butter, brown sugar and spice.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally so the spice, butter and sugar hits all the fruit pieces. Lower heat slightly and then leave to caramelise and release delicious juices for 10-15 minutes (the fruit will be done when it can be pierced with a skewer with little force)
- Move onto the cobbler and in a large bowl combine all of the cobbler’s ingredients. Using your hands (because forks are for the weak!), rub the mixture together till it begins to resemble breadcrumbs. It takes around 7-8 minutes for all the ingredients to combine and for the butter to get small and pebbly enough.
- Spoon topping on top of the sautéed fruit generously, getting all the edges of the skillet. Wrap the skillet’s handle in aluminium foil.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or till the cobbler is golden brown.
- Devour immediately from the oven with vanilla ice cream (or apple pie ice cream!)
Lovely readers – tell me about your native ingredients from all around the world? 😀
Until next time mes cheris! I’m off to watch Hairspray… again (only the best movie ever! How can you NOT sing along?) 😀
Disclaimer: Go Bake Yourself received this product sample courtesy of Australian Wild. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed about it were honest and her own.