Biting into a juicy, ripe peach is one of the joys of summer! Stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines are in season when the summer sun is at its hottest. Peaches are wonderful on their own, but also make a delicious ingredient in cobbler! Here’s a recipe you can try:
Peach Cobbler Recipe
Adapted from Food Network
4 cups peeled, sliced peaches (about 6 medium-sized peaches)
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup water
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups milk
Ground cinnamon, to taste
Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the peaches, 1 cup of the granulated sugar, and water to a saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil over medium heat. After it comes to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Place the butter in the center of a 3-quart baking dish and put it in the oven so that the butter can melt. Once the butter melts, remove it from the oven.
While the butter melts, add the flour, baking powder, and salt to a medium mixing bowl and whisk gently. Whisk in the sugar and then slowly whisk in the milk to prevent it from clumping. If you add the milk too quickly, the batter will begin to clump.
Add the batter to the baking dish over the melted butter. Be careful not to stir the batter and butter together. It should remain separate so that the cobbler doesn’t stick to the baking dish. Spoon the peaches over the mixture and then gently pour the liquid that the peaches were cooked in over the top. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Place in the center of the oven and bake until batter rises to the top and becomes golden brown in color. This should take 30-45 minutes, depending on your oven.
Let the cobbler cool for about thirty minutes before spooning into serving bowls. Top with ice cream and whipped cream, if desired.
The nice thing about cobbler is that once you master the basic recipe, you can use a variety of different fruits. Here are some ideas:
• Nectarine cobbler. Since nectarines and peaches actually come from the same tree, you can easily substitute them for peaches in this recipe!
• Cherry cobbler. Cherries make a delicious ingredient in cobbler. However, you’ll need to make sure that you fully remove the pits before you prepare the recipe.
• Blueberry cobbler. Blueberries make an especially good ingredient for cobbler when they’re in season!
• Apple cobbler. Apples are in season in the late summer and early fall. Firm apples such as granny smith and red delicious are especially delicious in cobbler. Try using some additional cinnamon to make it extra tasty!
Aside from using different types of fruit, you can also change the spices. Try using nutmeg instead of cinnamon, and feel free to add vanilla extract to the syrup to add even more flavor.