It's summer and it's time to take advantage of all the delirious summer fruits that are now reaching their peak. Peach cobbler is a great summertime classic that can be put together quickly, with ingredients that most people already have in their pantry. I garnish mine with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup, but you can top it with anything you like, or simply enjoy it on its own.
Let's get one thing straight: I am not a pastry chef. The sad truth about most professional chefs is that they know little to nothing about how to make desserts. Pastry chefs are specially trained to make desserts and most large professional kitchens will have at least one chef dedicated to making desserts, so the line cooks and even the head chef will never have to do much baking. Unfortunately for me this fact has left my dessert repertoire a little lacking. So why am I posting a dessert recipe? Because if I can pull this off, then you the adventurous home cook certainly can too.
Prep time 20 minutes, cooking time 30 minutes
10 fresh peaches, roughly chopped
100g brown sugar
2 pinches cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
2/3 cup milk
1. Add the first 5 ingredients to a baking dish and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.
2. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt & sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small cubes and use your hands to incorporate it into the flour.
3. Stir in the milk and then use a spoon to spread the mixture over top of the roasted peaches.
4. Return the baking dish to the oven and bake until the crust is goldden brown, about 20 minutes.
1. Use a knife to cut the top crust into portions, then use a large spoon to transfer the cobbler onto the plates
2. Top with vanilla ice cream and drizzle with caramel or maple syrup.