Monday, April 11, 2016

Best Peach Cobbler


The calendar says it’s April, but Mother Nature says NOPE! This has probably been the coldest start to spring I can ever remember. And it’s really bumming me out!

This picture of real life snow on my real life car was taken April 9. That is NOT OKAY.


All I want is a warm summer day, a bike ride, and a bowl of fresh fruit. Is that too much to ask for? So instead of wallowing in my misery, I’ve decided I’m just going to pretend it’s summer by making a fresh fruit dessert.

Fruit cobblers are the quintessential summer dessert. Cobblers are what I like to call “deliciously messy.” It doesn’t come out in a clean serving like a pie. But that’s the beauty of them. Because also unlike pies, they are much simpler to make. And I like simple.

In my opinion, peaches make for the best cobbler. And fortunately, I come from a family where we always have peaches in the freezer.

Every year my mother buys a bushel of peaches when we visit South Carolina. She then peels, slices, preserves, and freezes the peaches. I help of course (with the eating part.)

So why go through all the effort when you can buy peaches in a can? Because my mother’s peaches taste one million times better than canned peaches. In fact, I’m not so sure canned peaches are real peaches. That’s how different they taste.

The cobbler recipe below is the easiest cobbler recipe I have ever made. If you’re worried it won’t work out because the batter is on the bottom and the peaches are on top, do not be afraid. The batter rises above the peaches and soaks up the peach juices in the process.

Also, I want to add that the style of cobblers vary depending on your region of the country. Some areas of he US think cobblers should only be made with a drop biscuit dough. Other areas of the country make it with more of a batter. Personally I prefer the batter. But everyone has their own personal preferences!



Best Peach Cobbler
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (or 1/2 stick) Challenge butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (63 grams)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, divided into two halves (103 grams per half cup)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups peach slices
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Add melted butter to 8 x 8-inch or 7 x 11-inch baking dish
  3. Combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and baking powder in bowl
  4. Add milk and stir until just combined
  5. Pour batter on top of butter (do not stir)
  6. Bring remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and peach slices to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly
  7. Pour mixture over batter (do not stir)
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown
  10. Serve cobbler warm with ice cream or whipped cream (if desired)
Recipe adapted from Southern Living






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