As the icy winds of winter rage on, my yearly temptation to curl up and hibernate becomes more and more compelling. I am a ‘cozy sweater and wool socks by the fire’ sort of girl, and always have been. Even in the (now long-departed) professional ballet days, you could always find me double-layered in fleecy warm sweats with a soft scarf wrapped around my neck. I would even bring my own cozy blanket to the theater to fight off drafts while waiting between rehearsals. To sum up - I take being comfortable very seriously!
Even now I still layer up in my favorite cashmere sweater and find the perfect spot in front of the fireplace; somewhere between ‘really warm’ and ‘almost too hot’! I know that I am not alone in my quest for coziness: The Danish have a wonderful term for everything pleasant and snug - “Hygge”, which roughly translates to “wellbeing”. Think warm socks, good food & drink, and plush surroundings by a cozy fire. Smart people, those Danes.
This dish is all of that “Hygge” wrapped up in a crunchy, sweet, warm apple & pear hug. Even before you taste the first spoonful, the air is perfumed with cinnamon, and the smell of fruit melting into a buttered pan. This Apple Pear Cobbler is how I keep the snow and cold away!