Grace Harbour Apple Cobbler

Grace Harbour Apple Cobbler

Grace Harbour Apple Cobbler, lovingly named after Grace Harbour, a popular anchorage spot in Desolation Sound Marine Park.   This recipe was inspired by Grace Harbour  during the summer of 2008 while sailboat cruising the BC Inside Passage to Alaska.   The Harbour is very well sheltered and provides protection from all winds and seas.  Many cruisers spent as much as a week exploring the area.  There is an abundance of crabapples, plums and berries in Grace Harbour, and the ingredients in the above recipe were picked from an abandoned homestead in Grace Harbour.

In fact, crabapples are very common in Canadian wilderness.  They grow wild, without much care.  The crabapples are usually very small, very sour and tangy, so they are best made into jams, jellies or desserts.  A tree can produce baskets and baskets of crabapples.  If  you have a neighbour who has a crabapple tree in the backyard,  you can be a sure recipient of crabapple gifts.  Find out different things you can do with crabapples.

Sailboat cruising is an activity comparable to camping, in the sense that kitchen facilities are minimal.  One does not have the luxury of a fridge, and many times the ingredients are limited to what you can carry on the boat.  On the other hand, anything cooked during such a trip seemed to taste much better.

A cobbler is a dish consisting of a fruit or savoury filling poured into a large baking dish and covered with a batter, biscuit, or dumpling before being baked. Some cobbler recipes, especially in the American south, resemble a thick-crusted, deep-dish pie with both a top and bottom crust.  Crab apples are sour when eaten fresh, yet when baked, gives a sweet tangy taste.  Easy to make, healthy and full of nutrients.   Can be served warm with ice cream topping.

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