One Room School House Apple Cobbler

Small School Cook makes apple cobbler.

This apple cobbler recipe is one my mom used to make all the time when she was the cook for a small school. They had the proverbial “One Room School House”. It consisted of 1st grade thru 8th with about 90 students total. This is when we lived in a rural ranch area. Small community from a huge area since every one came from large cattle ranches.
She wanted to have a part time job, and with the pickin’s being few, decided to become 
the cafeteria cook. Now, this wasn’t regular school chow, this was down home yummy goodness. Very few plates came back with leftovers. And all the kids loved her.
So, here is her Apple Cobbler, scaled down and made gluten free.
Gluten Free Apple Cobbler
6 apples ( I really like Pink Ladies, but use a good cooking apple)
1 cup gluten free flour
¼ tsp. xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend has it already)
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (I used 2 tsp.-we like cinnamon)
1 egg
6 Tbsp butter, melted or non-dairy margarine
Equipment: 2 quart baking dish, good knife or apple peeler corer, bowl, fork and an appetite
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the 2 quart baking dish and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum (if using), bot
h sugars, baking powder and cinnamon.

Peel, core and slice the apples using a goof knife or the apple peeler corer. Place the apples in the bottom of the 2 quart dish.

Beat the egg in a small bowl or cup. Pour over the flour mix and stir with a fork until combined and little bits form. Spread this over the top of the apples. Pour the melted butter over the top of that.
Pop in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a fork can be easily pushed through the apples.
Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. This makes a yummy hot breakfast (my choice for leftovers).
Happy Baking!
Team Gluten Free Farm Girl
P.S. This would make a great morning treat. Whisk all the dry ingredients together, place in a zip bag. You could pre-cut the apples and hold them in water laced with lemon juice so they don’t brown. Then assemble and bake in the morning. Or make the day before and just reheat in the oven or the microwave.
Photo source: Land O Lakes


  • Debbie

    Reply Reply October 20, 2015

    What do you suggest I use to substitute for the egg. I am severely allergic to eggs. I have used 1/4 cup applesauce as an egg substitute in the past as I do not like the egg substitute aftertaste.

    • kathy

      Reply Reply October 21, 2015

      Have you tried using the flax meal egg replacer? 1 Tbsp. flax seed meal mixed with 3 Tbsp. of water per egg. Let it sit until it gels.
      You could also try using one ripe banana mashed really well and then added in.
      Hope this helps.

  • Caron H

    Reply Reply October 27, 2015

    Do we have to use the xanthan gum?

    • kathy

      Reply Reply October 28, 2015

      No you don’t. It might not stick together as well and will be more crumbly, but you don’t have to use it for this recipe.

  • Christine Wolf

    Reply Reply October 29, 2015

    My Grandmother was the school cook for a K-8. She used to make something similar. And like your mom all the kids loved her. For some kids sometimes this was the only meal so she made sure that they got good home cooking. She even made breakfast for those that got to school early. I was at a yard sale in the town where she lived and met someone who remembered her lunches with fond memories.

    • kathy

      Reply Reply October 30, 2015

      What a special memory. That’s awesome! It shows how loving people through food is very powerful. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pat Vance

    Reply Reply November 10, 2015

    I baked this last week and used gluten free flour called Better Batter it was so good I was so surprised, I do have Celiac and also Diabetes so I was wondering if I could possibly use sugar substitute for the white sugar in this recipe and other recipes that call for sugar.If I can, would I have to change the measurements? Thank you

    • kathy

      Reply Reply November 11, 2015

      Ye you sure can. Just buy one that is good for baking as some have an off taste that isn’t’ very good. Like Stevia for baking. If you follow their directions, you should be good. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Donna

    Reply Reply November 18, 2015

    This sounds wonderful.I’m making this today. I have been looking for a recipe that doesn’t use oatmeal,asI have a allergy to grains ,corn & dairy, In addition to having gluten sensitivity. Thanks in advance !

    • kathy

      Reply Reply November 19, 2015

      Your welcome! Good luck with all your baking this holiday season.

  • Barb

    Reply Reply November 27, 2015

    can you use coconut flour in this and would you use the same amount

    • kathy

      Reply Reply December 1, 2015

      I would not use coconut flour in this. If you are looking for a paleo type flour, I would use almond meal and keep the amount the same.

  • Adriana smith

    Reply Reply December 26, 2015

    Have it in the oven. Added chia seeds, chopped walnuts and some steel cut oats. We will see….

    • kathy

      Reply Reply December 28, 2015

      How did it go?

  • Diane Morrison

    Reply Reply February 7, 2016

    Thanks Kathy, I posted it on FB for all my Gluten Free friends, being a diabetic and no lactose, cooking has become a challenge.

    • kathy

      Reply Reply March 1, 2016

      That is a challenge. thanks for sharing it along. Greatly appreciated.

  • Fonda Merriman

    Reply Reply February 20, 2016

    Please please leave me a carb count as my child is diabetic and celiac. I really want to make it for him.

    • kathy

      Reply Reply March 1, 2016

      i do not have a carb count for this. I apologize.


    Reply Reply March 18, 2016

    Many people that has Celiac disease has Diabetes as well. Please please give us. Carb count. I wish all the recipes would do both my

    • kathy

      Reply Reply April 14, 2016

      We will try and see if we can get something that will help with that.

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