Yesterday my wife came home with a big bag filled with peaches she found at a farm stand on the side of the road. They were very ripe and dripped with juice when I bit into them. I knew they wouldn’t last much longer if I didn’t do something with them.
I realized that I had never made a cobbler before and this was the perfect opportunity to try it. After reading through some of my favorite cookbooks, I decided to use a recipe from Chez Panisse Desserts, slightly modified. We invited a few friends over to enjoy it with us and I got to work.
I couldn’t believe how simple this was to make. It took very little time and no special equipment. Best of all, everybody loved it so much they had seconds… and thirds!
3 pounds peaches, peeled and sliced
3 Tbsp brown sugar
4 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups flour
3/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
6 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 375 F
Combine peaches with sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl. Toss gently until coated. Place filling in an oven safe dish.
Combine dry ingredients and whisk briefly. Cut butter into small cubes and work into flour with a stiff whisk until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Add the cream and mix lightly until dry ingredients are just moistened.
Form the dough into round patties 1/2 inch thick and 2 inches in diameter. Arrange in a single layer over the peaches, leaving some room in between.
Brush top with cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking in a 375 F oven for 35-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with whipped cream and butterscotch or caramel sauce.