My husband and I recently discovered the Daytona Flea and Farmer's Market. We've developed a relationship with one of the young ladies who works for a produce vendor. A few weeks ago she offered us a sample of peaches. Seems they had an abundance and were selling them for 59 cents a pound.
These were the sweetest peaches I had ever wrapped my lips around. I love smoothies and since peaches freeze really well, I decided to buy nearly a bushel of my favorite fuzzy fruit. They don't call me The Cheap Gourmet without good reason. I LOVE a great bargain.
As I was preparing the peaches for freezing, I remembered mom's recipe for her famous Peach Cobbler. Considering I had nearly 10 pounds of peaches, I decided to bake a batch of cobbler.
Mom's recipe was a little vague and unfortunately, I can no longer call her up and ask for guidance. My first attempt didn't turn out so great. In fact, it was kind of a disaster.
The edges were black (as in "burnt") and the center was somewhat gooey. Although it tasted pretty good, it was lacking something. I went back to the drawing board and the second batch of peach cobbler came out much better.
It isn't 100% as tasty as mom's, but it is pretty darn close. Considering I still have about 7 pounds of frozen peaches, I will continue to experiment until I figure out what special ingredient mom included which isn't written on her recipe card. When I do, I'll be certain to update the recipe!
BARB'S "JUST PEACHY" PEACH COBBLER RECIPE
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Bake Time: 35-45 minutes
1 stick unsalted Butter, sliced into one-inch pats
1 cup whole wheat or unbleached flour (can use all-purpose, if desired)
1-1/2 cups Sugar (can use Turbinado Sugar, if desired)
1 cup Milk (can use Soy, Almond or Rice Milk, if desired)
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground Allspice
4 cups fresh, sliced peaches (or two 15-1/2 ounce cans)
2-3 Tablespoons granulated Sugar, optional
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Arrange butter pats on bottom of 9"x12" baking pan.
3. In medium mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, milk, baking power and spices. Stir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.
4. Pour batter over top of butter pats.
5. Arrange peaches on top of batter.
6. Bake in 400 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until edges and top of cobbler are golden brown.
7. Remove from oven. Sprinkle top of cobbler with granulated sugar, if desired.
8. Let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with whipped cream, scoop of vanilla ice cream or simply "as-is".
Other types of fruits can be substituted for peaches. Blackberries, blueberries, mangos, plantains and apples make for mega-yummy cobblers. You can increase or decrease the amount of fruit by up to one-cup. Using less fruit will create a cake-like batter, while more fruit will lessen the amount of pastry surrounding the fruit. It's all a matter of personal preference ;-)