Peach Cobbler Surprise
This recipe was a delightful surprise to me. Having never made a cobbler, I was unprepared for the magic that happened in my oven. Magic I tell you.
Though it’s a wee bit early in Canada for peaches to be perfect, I found these lovelies at the market and just couldn’t resist. Having grown up in orchard-central, Collin Murray has a special affinity towards ripe, juicy peaches and I had a feeling that he might not be able to resist a peach cobbler. Of course, I was right.
As I said, a little magic went down in my oven. When you make a cobbler, you starter with melting butter in a baking dish, then adding a very moist, fluffy batter, then you top that batter with some lovely sugared peaches — NO STIRRING REQUIRED! However, when I opened the oven wouldn’t you know that the peaches had done a disappearing act to the bottom and the batter had puffed up to the top, like, well, magic. Honestly, I had a little moment of terrible fear that something had gone amiss but then I realized, that’s just the cobbler’s way.
Cobblers are just one of the many fetching desserts that can be made with fruit during the summer. Sweet and refreshing, cobblers, crisps, and the like are a great way to make use of the wonderful produce that summer brings us.
The recipe that I adapted this from was called Prize Winning Peach Cobbler and I must say that with a couple of minor adjustments (ahem, more fruit, less sugar), this little number is a total winner, especially when topped with some creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.
Peach Cobbler Surprise (adapted from The Gasparilla Cookbook)
Makes 1-8-inch square cobbler
½ cup unsalted butter
4-5 firm but ripe peaches
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ a lemon)
½ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup flour
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Place the butter in an 8-inch square baking dish and allow to melt in the oven as it heats. Remove when melted.
Wash peaches and slice thinly. Toss with lemon juice and sugar and set aside about 10-15 minutes or until most of the sugar has dissolved.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and remaining sugar. Slowly whisk in milk being careful not to over-mix. Pour batter into the 8-inch pan, over the melted butter. DO NOT MIX. Carefully and evenly pour the peaches and sugar over the batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes. Delicious hot or cold. Enjoy.