Right now, in the middle of August, our grocery stores and market stands are filled with ripe peaches which make me long to make southern peach cobbler, hot from the oven, and eat it with a dollop of rich vanilla ice cream.
However, after I lug home a huge bag of peaches as well as all the other groceries up a flight of steps while skirting around my two cats who are desperate for an early dinner, I fall onto the sofa and ask myself why, why was I so insistent on buying enough peaches to fill a swimming pool – and speaking of pool, maybe I will just go swimming first to get the energy to face the cobbler I was once so anxious to make.
This is my constant dilemma. I read or see the dish and immediately want to make it, but then it seems so daunting after I have spent two hours shopping, and a half hour lugging it all home that the urge to rest overcomes all my desire to bake once I get there.
My answer to this onset of laziness is fruit flies. The fruit flies attack any fruit I bring home and if I don’t do something with the fruit as soon as I am in the kitchen, the onslaught of a fruit fly invasion is inevitable. So here is a peach cobbler recipe that is NOT daunting, makes enough to feed neighbors, visiting parents or small children begging for a dessert, and stops the fruit fly invasion in its tracks.
6 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup flour
1 and 1/2 tsps baking powder
dash of salt
1 stick of butter, melted
1 cup of sugar
2-3 tbsp of sugar for the peaches
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of milk
1 tsp pure vanilla or pure almond flavoring
Confectioners sugar to dust top
Peel the peaches and slice them into 1/4 inch segments and place in a large bowl. Sprinkle them with the 2 to 3 tbsp sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Toss them gently with a wooden spoon until all the peaches are coated with sugar and cinnamon.
In a large bowl place 1 cup of flour, 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder and the dash of salt. Whisk together until mixed well. Pour one cup milk into a measuring cup and whisk the milk into the dry mixture until it is well incorporated. Then stir in 1 cup of sugar.Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 45 seconds. Let cool briefly. Stir the melted butter into the batter just until it is well incorporated. Flavor the batter with 1 tsp of vanilla or 1 tsp almond, whichever you prefer and stir it into the batter.
Place the cobbler into the preheated oven and let it bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top is light golden brown and when you press it, it bounces back against your finger. Use a toothpick that comes out clean if you prefer to test doneness with a toothpick.Take out the cobbler and place the dish on a rack to cool. When cool dust with confectioners sugar.
You can serve it warm with ice cream or whipped cream or even at room temperature. Make sure when you serve it to cut it in wedges and turn the peach side on top. This dessert is so good that you will long for it in the winter, so be sure to freeze a few bags of peaches; then, in the winter, you can just defrost them and make yourself a remembrance of summertime in the middle of a snowstorm.