The story goes that my Auntie M made the best cobbler in all the town, when she passed away in the 80's everyone was perplexed as to how she made it! For years and years my mom tried in vain to duplicate, but was never successful! That is until one fateful day when she was working at an assisted living! They had made cherry cobbler and it had tasted just like her sister Marla's!! My mom rushed home and made it for her nephew and it got a resounding, "That's it!"
I made this many times in my pre-Professional Baking days and it was often with a box cake mix!! When my friend Megan asked me if I could do the cobbler for my blog, I knew I couldn't put on here to use a cake mix! The atrocity! The horror! What is a professional to do? I'll tell you, we make up our own!!!
A few bowls
9 X 13inch Pyrex dish
The ability to get your hands a little dirty
8-10 medium-large peaches, get them a couple days before you plan on using them so they can get nice and ripe on your countertop! I used white flesh peaches, but you could use any type. I think the recipe would be even better with regular 'ole peaches!
3 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
Getting down and dirty!!
First I thing is to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
While the oven is heating you will want to spray the pyrex with pam or grease it with some butter. Then start slicing the peaches! I like to cut them in half and then kind of twist/pull the two apart! I like the peaches to be so ripe that I can just peel the fuzzy skin off without needing a knife! Then I just pull the pit out and slice them straight into the greased pyrex so that I can get all those nice juices in the dish! You could also put a little spice in here, perhaps some cinnamon or cardamom, but my husband and I like it peaches straight up!!
After you have sliced all the peaches sprinkle a little bit of sugar on them! The peaches should be fairly sweet on their own and they will get plenty of sweetening from the cobbler topping.
Moving on to the topping, this is really easy! Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl, so that is your cake flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Whisk them all together to make sure they are combined! From here, it's going to get dirty! Make sure your hands are nice and clean first! The easiest way to add the melted butter, egg and vanilla is with your hands! It is a pretty thick batter, a lot thicker than a cake batter, but thinner than a cookie batter. After it is all combined I crumble it on top of the peaches! Just take little pebble size parts of the dough and sprinkle all over the top of the peach crumble.
Pop the whole thing into the oven and put your timer on for about 45 minutes and then check it! You want it the very tops of the crumble to be golden brown and the peaches to be bubbling up on the sides!!
You can serve warm with a little bit of ice cream, but I really prefer the cobble super cold!! The peaches don't seem to have as much flavor warm as they do cold.
I hope you all enjoy it!! Let me know how it is!! Up next is the White Peach Melba, but probably later tonight!
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