Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Adapted from Tyler Florence
Notes: You could also use frozen, sliced peaches that have been thawed. Also, you can sub half and half or milk for the heavy cream; the topping will be less rich, but will still taste great.
This cobbler can also be made in a 10 inch cast iron skillet, although, I have not tried it.
Ingredients for filling:
about 3 - 3 1/2 pounds of fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (6-8 cups)
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
Ingredients for topping:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick, (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling on top, if desired
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch; set aside.
2. In another bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together. Cut the butter into small pieces and cut into the flour with a pastry blender until the mixture looks like small crumbs. Pour the cream into the flour mixture and mix until the dough just comes together. Don't over-work the dough; this is like a very rich biscuit or scone dough.
3. Melt the 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the peach mixture and cook until heated through for about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a 2 quart baking dish. Drop the dough by tablespoons full over the warm peaches. There will be gaps, but the topping spreads and puffs up as it bakes. Brush the top of the dough with a little heavy cream and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.
4. Bake in the oven, on a baking sheet until the cobbler is browned and the fruit is bubbly, about 40-45 minutes. (The filling will bubble over the edge of the pan.) Serve warm with ice cream. So yummy!
Note: If you have a fruit peeler that will peel the delicate skins of peaches, you are all set. But if not here's what you do. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a large bowl with cold water and ice so you can cool down the peaches. When the water is boiling, drop the peaches in the boiling water and boil just for 45-50 seconds. Quickly lift the peaches out of the water and place them in ice water to stop the cooking. Leave them until they are cooled down. Remove peaches from water and they will now peel easily with a paring knife.