Barrington Eats, Cooking with Heinen's, Food, Heinen's 4PM Panic, Heinen's Grocery, News, Recipes, Things to Do

Cooking with Heinen’s | Coconut, Pear and Apple Cobbler Cake

Cooking with Heinen’s | Coconut, Pear and Apple Cobbler Cake

Home Newsroom Cooking with Heinen’s | Coconut, Pear and Apple Cobbler Cake

We’re sweetening things up today. I haven’t been baking or making desserts much lately because were trying to eat healthier. However, the temperature is turning cool and apples and pears are in peak season. September days always seem like the perfect time to pull a warm cobbler out of the oven filled with sweet apples and pears. I’m calling this a cobbler cake because it’s not really just a cobbler it has the feel of a cake but it’s made in a frying pan in the tradition of a cobbler. I like the mix of apples and pears because the pears lend a sweet warm flavor while the apple, especially the green Granny Smith apple, brightens the flavor with a little bit of tartness. The coconut is the star of the show here, making this cake moist and nutty.

Have you ever cooked with coconut sugar? It acts like regular sugar but it adds a caramel flavor and a darker color to whatever it is you’re making. The coconut sugar paired with the coconut milk crates a caramel layer under the cake. You can see the caramel color in the image rise up above the cobbler batter when I add the apples and pears. You can substitute regular sugar but if you have coconut sugar in your pantry I highly recommend using it.

I pulled this out of the oven right as my kids are coming home and the house smelled divine. It holds its shape when it is sliced, like a cake. Although it is delicious alone a scoop of vanilla ice cream seals the deal.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients and carefully pour it into your pan on top of the cooked coconut milk and sugar mixture.  Your batter should be thicker than a regular cake batter. You can add extra butter milk if it is too thick. I spooned the mixture in to carefully place it throughout the pan covering the caramel mixture below. This takes a bit of finessing with a spatula.  Don’t worry though, I promise it’s easy. Then add your apple slices in a pattern on top of the batter allowing them to sink into the batter a bit. Don’t forget to give it a little sprinkling of sugar before it goes into the oven.

Coconut, Pear and Apple Cobbler cake


  • 14 oz can coconut milk
  • ½ Cup unrefined coconut sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar (caster sugar if you can find it)
  • 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons chilled butter, chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk (If the mixture feels too thick add two additional tablespoons buttermilk.)
  • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces then thinly slice each piece, see image
  • 2 medium Granny Smith green apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces then thinly slice each piece, see image
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar for sprinkling on top
  • vanilla icecream for serving, optional but strongly recommended


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the conut milk, coconut sugar and vanilla in a 11in ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has come to the boil and is a caramel color. Remove from the heat. set aside
  • Place the flour, baking powder, coconut, caster sugar and butter in a large bowl and rub with your fingertips until the butter is combined. Add the buttermilk and mix to combine.
  • Spoon the mixture over the caramel in the pan and top with the apple. Sprinkle with the extra caster sugar.
  • Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the cobbler is golden and puffed.
  • Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice-cream, if you like.

About the Author

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. Her Blog, Table and Dish is a website devoted to celebrating and curating the many ways that food binds us. Sally hopes that her recipes and images will inspire you to gather your friends and family in the kitchen to make memories, use the time to connect with busy kids, chat over mixing bowls, get messy, laugh, sing, set the table, clear the table, pass the salt, debate the days topics and pray. You can follow her here as a weekly contributor to 365Barrington and Heinen’s as well as via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at

Have you heard about Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ program? Sign up for free to receive exclusive weekly specials via email and earn Heinen’s rewards. As a Tasteful Rewards™ membership benefit, Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your qualified purchases made between September and April to a local school of your choice through their Teaming Up for Education Program. CLICK HERE to sign up for Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards™ and, trust me, this is one email that will always please your palate!

Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Barrington Today

365Barrington Partners

From the Community

Hi! 😁 Today's Word of the Day is 汉语 hàn yǔ -- literally "Han Language."

So, we're backtracking... or maybe just following the path of yesterday's post 😂. Either way, it might behoove you to know the context of this word.

The 汉 hàn in 汉语 refers to the Han ethnic group -- the largest of the 56 (government-proclaimed) Chinese ethnic groups. Some data have indicated that Han people comprise 90% or more of the population. So, it's unsurprising that this large group has gotten to name one of the most common terms for Mandarin. (Remember, Mandarin is what we learn at BHS and is the official language of China. There are other dialects/languages in existence.)

Anyhoo, the point is that if one is going to be referring to Mandarn Chinese as a language, it wouldn't hurt to know how to say it two ways! 🙃

普通话 and 汉语 can be used in most of the same contexts -- 汉语 might be a little less eloquent, but you won't get in trouble for using either. 🙂

#learnchinese #chineselanguage #chineseclubbhs #barringtonhighschool #365barrington #barrington #wordoftheday

1 0

A very happy (belated) 21st birthday to Emily P🥳⁠

Cheers to a person who is always there for your team members and always ready to assist the doctors at any moment. We love how you consistently find a way to say yes. You are a great person overall and we love working with you! ⁠

We hope you have a lovely birthday, you deserve it!🎉

20 5

Luby Group Listings

113 S Cook Street Barrington, IL 60010
Commercial For Sale
- Active

Retail storefront in prime pedestrian location in downtown Barrington surrounded by Village shopping, restaurants, and steps to the Metra train station. Great opportunity to own a high visibility space, currently vacant, ready for you to move in and

1406 Dunheath Drive Inverness, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active Under Contract

Family is sure to enjoy ice skating, hockey, kayaking & fishing in a stocked lake in their own back yard. Over 4,200 square feet of living space, this home has dramatic volume entry. It offers a spacious formal living room + separate dining room and

New Listing - 6 days online
51 Whitetail Lane Barrington, IL 60010
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active Under Contract

Excellent value and great location - Close to Barrington Village and Metra! Situated on a private cul-de-sac with beautiful 1.4 acres. Enter through a sunny, open 2-story foyer with hardwood floors. Large entertainers kitchen opens to a comfortable f

New Listing - 2 weeks online
1100 Prairie Avenue Barrington, IL 60010
Land For Sale
- Active

Great opportunity to build your dream home on a half acre in Barrington right down the street from Baker Lake and Ron Beese Park. Located just over a mile south of downtown Barrington, this rare waterfront location is a few blocks away from award-wi