This is a summer essential. I can’t imagine my summer without it. I have trained my children to think the same. Fortunately or unfortunately, I can’t decide. My summer slim down would usually not include peach cobbler. Luckily, it’s a slim down recipe with less sugar than most recipes. You can get away with it because the peaches are so sweet!
One of my favorite things about this is the versatility of it. It’s almost the same method I use for all cobblers. Peaches are a little different because they are sweeter starting out. Most cobblers need to mix with a lot of sugar to draw the natural sugars out of the fruit and make a nice sauce, but peaches don’t need any help.
It’s also a recipe that uses basic ingredients, nothing fancy – no boxed caked mixes and it takes the same amount of time to pull it together. The only hard part is waiting for it to bake – it takes about an hour. The time is agonizing. And then, since it’s all bubbly with peach goodness, you must wait for the cool down period. Once your patience has gotten a workout, you’ll be good to go.
This makes a huge 9×13, so think pot lucks, family dinners, taking meals for friends…or breakfast the next day:)
I thought it was important that I show a shot right before it goes in the oven. When mixing the batter, it doesn’t look like it will be enough, but it is. And it rises nicely. So, don’t fear, because here is what it looks like after 55 minutes of baking.
Be still my heart.
- 5-6 cups of ripe peaches - about 10-14 small to medium sized peaches
- 2 T - ¼ cup granulated sugar (if your peaches are really sweet, use less sugar)
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch or all-purpose flour
- For the topping:
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk (skim or 2%, I've used both)
- Heat a pot filled with water to boiling
- Cut an X on the bottom of each peach
- Drop peaches into boiling water for a few minutes to loosen the skin (this will depend on how ripe your peaches are)
- Remove from water, allow to cool, and peel off the skins - cut into slices
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Add peach slices to a 9x13 baking dish, sprinkle with a little sugar and cornstarch and stir
- In a separate bowl, add the remaining ingredients and stir
- Drop mixture by spoonfuls on top of peaches and spread gently
- Bake in oven for 50-55 minutes or until the top is golden brown
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.