TEDxManhattan Viewing Party Menu Suggestions: Part 10

As in years past, we’ll webcast TEDxManhattan live from New York City on February 16, 2013. Anyone with a computer can watch the talks for free via  https://new.livestream.com/tedx/manhattan2013. We’re also encouraging individuals, groups, and organizations to host viewing parties and start conversations with their communities on the issues of their local food systems.
Because TEDxManhattan viewing party hosts will need to provide food for their guests (and individuals will need to feed themselves), our speakers have provided recipes featuring sustainable, seasonal ingredients to inspire viewers to change the way they eat. So keep checking back here for hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts!

Bill’s Cobbler with Apples and Quince

As Pastry Chef of the White House, TEDxManhattan speaker Bill Yosses has been closely involved with Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative with the goal of reducing childhood health problems related to diet. Working in the White House garden has been his most important inspiration to date. In a related project, he recently helped develop a program in the Physics Department of Harvard University in conjunction with Chop Chop Magazine called Camp Chop Chop in which healthy foods and innovative exercise are used to introduce scientific concepts to 4th and 5th graders.

Today, Bill shares his recipe for Cobbler with Apples and Quince.

Cobbler with Apples and Quince
By Bill Yosses, White House Executive Pastry Chef

Serves 8

For the filling
4 apples (use Macintosh, Macoun, or Golden Apples, or a combination of all three) peeled and cut into half-inch cubes.
2 quince peeled, pithy center removed, cut into half-inch cubes, poached in water till soft, and drained.
½ c sugar
2 T local artisanal honey
2 T cornstarch
1 tsp lemon juice
Pinch salt

Toss the apple and quince cubes in the sugar, honey, corn starch, salt and lemon juice.
Place this mixture into a baking dish or 9” Pyrex pie plate and cover with topping (below).

For the topping
1 ½ c all-purpose flour
3 T sugar, plus 1 T
Pinch salt
3 tsp baking powder
3 oz butter
½ c quick oats
½ c cream

Work the butter into flour, sugar, and salt using a fork, fingers, or an electric mixer. Blend mixture until fine and even.
Add cream and stir or knead until smooth and sticky.
Add oatmeal
Roll or pat dough or break into small pieces and spread over fruit.
Sprinkle dough with 1 T sugar.
Bake at 400° F for 45 minutes or until bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream.

Change Food is a nonprofit whose mission is to connect and transform the food we eat, the people who produce it, and the world in which it is grown. To read and learn more, visit The Guide to Good Food blog. 

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