Instant Pot apple cobbler is a quick and delicious dessert that your whole family will enjoy. It’s very quick to prepare and cooks very quickly in the Instant Pot too!
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How to make apple cobbler in an Instant Pot
If you want a new twist on a classic dessert, try apple cobbler made in the Instant Pot. You’ll be able to cook it in about 30 minutes in this handy device that essentially functions as a pressure cooker. Instant Pot apple cobbler is quick and delicious, and the perfect dessert for any occasion.
Cooking desserts like fruit cobbler in an Instant Pot is quick and easy, however you are never going to get the same crisp results that you would get cooking it in the oven (or like this air fryer apple cobbler). However, that is nothing that a few minutes under a hot broiler won’t fix, so if you are after a crispy cobbler topping then I urge you to take this optional step once it have finished in the pressure cooker.
This recipe is for a small 2 person cobbler, and it is cooked using the pot-in-pot method. You will need a small high-sided baking dish (or a pudding basin UK 😉). I use a small souffle dish which is around 5 inches diameter, and approximately 2 inches deep. The dish you use will need to have at least a 2 cup capacity.
Scroll down for the printable recipe card for this Instant Pot apple cobbler recipe, or read on for all the details!
Quantities for all ingredients are given in the recipe card below.
Apples: one medium apple should yield around 1 cup of apple slices. It is important to peel, core, and quarter the apple, then cut it into small slices. The small pieces will ensure they cook quickly.
Sugar: This recipe uses white granulated sugar, but you can swap in any other type of sugar that you might use for baking. Soft brown sugar or coconut sugar are both great options.
All purpose flour: required to make the batter. Don’t substitute bread flour as you will end up with very chewy dough.
Baking powder: Baking powder helps the cobbler batter to rise as it is cooking. Be sure to use baking powder not baking soda.
Milk: To make the batter. I use regular full-fat dairy milk, but half-and-half is also fine. I haven’t tried using a plant-based milk in this recipe yet, but if you try this I would love to hear about it in the comments below!
Butter: melted butter is essential to get that beautiful buttery taste that we all associate with a fruit cobbler.
Ground cinnamon: cinnamon is optional, and you can substitute any other spice you like, such as ground nutmeg.
Step 1: Prep the Instant Pot. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot bowl, and add 1 cup of water.
Step 2: Prepare the filling. Place sliced apple in a bowl with the sugar for the filling, mix thoroughly and set aside while you make the batter.
Step 3: Make the batter. Melt the butter (~30 seconds in the microwave) and place in a 6 inch baking dish or pie dish. Mix the flour, sugar for the batter and the baking powder together with the milk into a thick batter.
Step 4: Assemble the cobbler. Pour the batter on top of the butter, then place the apple-sugar mixture on top. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top of the apple.
Step 5: Cover and seal the baking dish with kitchen foil, and carefully place it onto the trivet inside the Instant Pot. Place the Instant Pot lid on top with the valve set to sealing.
Step 6: Pressure cook apple cobbler. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 20 minutes on HIGH, then allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes before opening the valve and releasing the rest of the pressure. Carefully remove the apple cobber dish from the Instant Pot (use oven mitts).
Optional step 7: To crisp up the top of the cobbler, place it under a hot broiler for 5-10 minutes until it is golden brown and crispy.
Apple cobbler can be served hot or cold, and is definitely best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Alternatively you can serve it with whipped cream, but I think it is best topped with ice cream (or both – my OH’s suggestion!).
Storage and reheating
Store any leftover cobbler in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.
You can reheat the cobbler in the the microwave, for around 1 minute on HIGH.
Instant Pot Apple Cobbler Recipe Card
How to make apple cobbler in an Instant Pot.
- 1 medium apple, quartered and thinly sliced (approx 1 cup)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Place the trivet into the Instant Pot bowl, and add 1 cup of water.
- Place sliced apple in a bowl with the sugar for the filling and set aside.
- Melt the butter [Note 1] and place in a 6 inch baking dish or pie dish [Note 2].
- Mix the flour, sugar for the batter and the baking powder together with the milk into a thick batter.
- Pour the batter on top of the butter, then place the apple slices on top. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top of the apple.
- Cover and seal the baking dish with kitchen foil.
- Carefully place the baking dish onto the trivet inside the Instant Pot, and place the lid on top with the valve set to sealing.
- Pressure cook the apple cobber for 20 minutes on HIGH, then allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove the apple cobber dish from the Instant Pot (use oven mitts).
- Optional step: To crisp up the top of the cobbler, place it under a hot broiler for 5-10 minutes until it is browned to your liking.
- Serve topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- If using a microwaveable baking dish, place the butter straight into it and use the microwave to melt it - approx 30 seconds.
- Choose a deep pie dish, a large ramekin or souffle dish is ideal. It needs a capacity of around 2 cups.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 181mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 47gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.
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