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Apple and Pear Cobbler for Lucas

Apple and Pear Cobbler

by Amber on November 15, 2010

I made this gluten free apple and pear cobbler for Lucas. Who is Lucas, you ask? Lucas is my cousin. I was 18 when Carson was born, and 20 when Lucas was born. For a time I helped my aunt out a few days a week with both the boys.

My favorite memory of Lucas and me together was when he was just 8 months old. I fed him his bottle, and then was singing him one of my favorite Disney songs as we rocked together. He was soon fast asleep, and successfully moved to his crib. But there’s nothing like the sweet moments of rocking a baby who’s ready to nap.

Lucas is 10 now, and the spitting image of my uncle, Mark. His blond hair has only just started to darken, the same way both my uncles’ did when they were young. He’s a beautiful, bright boy with limitless possibilities. He also has autism.

One thing that has helped Lucas to be better focused and healthier is to have a gluten free, dairy free diet. I’m sorry to admit that for a long time, I’ve allowed that to intimidate me enough not to cook for Lucas. I cook for everyone else in my family, but I was scared that what I might try to make would hurt Luke more than help him, so I just didn’t.

Enter Shauna, Danny, and Lucy Ahern. I’ve had the chance to talk to Shauna via Twitter, and Lucy was a fixture at BlogHerFood 10 that I most enjoyed seeing. And seeing how joyously, how freely and simply they live gluten free inspired me.

When Shauna asked a bunch of bloggers to take the Gluten-Free challenge, and try to make or bake a recipe using all gluten-free ingredients, I knew it was time to get past my fears. Below you will find a slightly altered version of Shauna’s Gluten-Free Apple and Pear cobbler. Because Lucas is also dairy-free, I omitted the butter and sour cream, and substituted vegan options.

I took the cobbler to a potluck dinner that included all food bloggers, both gluten free and not. Everyone gave the cobbler a resounding approval. It’s pretty delicious. But then, it’s Shauna and Danny’s recipe, so that was kind of already guaranteed. I’ll be making this for Lucas this Thanksgiving, the first time any of us besides his parents have cooked him food for a holiday.

Where you should take note is that this novice was able to bake with gluten free flours for the very first time – and it was successful. Wildly successful!

Shauna and Danny (and well, let’s be honest, I’m pretty sure Lucy was pretty influential) wrote a book, called Gluten Free Girl and the Chef. It’s based on Shauna’s blog, Gluten Free Girl, and it is as much a love story as it is a cookbook.

Gluten Free Girl & The Chef

The book has already made it onto my Christmas shopping list for several friends and family, both gluten free and not. The story alone is worth the purchase. Just knowing that the kind of love that Shauna and Danny share exists in the world – is enough.

Make this cobbler for someone you love. Try something new. Try something that scares you. Because when you conquer it – when you conquer it for someone you love, the feeling is immeasurable.

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maggy@threemanycooks November 15, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Beautiful story, Amber. I too am intimidated by gluten-free baking, but I was lucky enough to try that cobbler. And I give a resounding, ‘NOMS!’

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SMITH BITES November 15, 2010 at 8:26 AM

awwww – just love that you wanted to do this for Lucas! I’m intimated too, hence my choice for soup but am so impressed with those of you who chose to forge ahead and give the gf-baking thing a go – NICE JOB!

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Maria November 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Your cobbler looks delicious! So nice of you to bake for Lucas! You are a gem!

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Paula - bell'aliment November 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Lucas is incredibly lucky ; ) And now we will be too! What a fanastic cobbler!

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Shaina November 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Lucas is blessed to have such a wonderful cousin, not to mention one who makes fantastic-looking cobblers.

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Amanda November 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Sounds like Lucas has smart folks, and a pretty wonderful aunt! (or cousin)

Blessings!
Amanda

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Michelle November 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM

That is such a touching story, Amber. And the recipe looks delicious too. xoxo

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Tracy November 15, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The cobbler looks wonderful! I wouldn’t miss the gluten at all! :-)

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Kristen November 15, 2010 at 3:02 PM

This looks so delicious – cobbler is one of my favorites!

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Wenderly November 15, 2010 at 3:56 PM

A gluten-free cobbler! Brilliant! Can’t wait to try this gorgeous dish! Thanks Amber!

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Nancy November 15, 2010 at 8:36 PM

This is delicious, delicious, delicious. I know…I was one of the lucky ones who got to taste test the goods. I think Lucas is just going to love this dessert! Happy Thanksgiving.

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jackhonky November 16, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Awww. What a wonderful story! I’m glad you were able to get over your fear of baking gluten free. It’s not so hard once you start doing it! And with all the awesome new gluten free flour mixes out there, you don’t even need to do what I do and buy a million different flours to mix and match.

Though, once you start doing it and seeing how easy and how good it is, I’m sure you’ll be baking up a storm for Lucas. He’s a lucky cousin, though it sounds like you’re pretty lucky to have him as you a cousin as well.

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Lauren November 16, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Amber, I love this. You can feel your love for Lucas, and your whole family. Food is such a beautiful way to show your love, and this cobbler looks perfect :).

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Evan @swEEts November 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This is wonderful.. I try to make gluten free desserts for my boyfriends father who suffers from Celiacs.. baking GF is tricky, but those who can’t have the gluten are always so thankful :) I’m sure Lucas loved this!

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