Peachy Delight: Quick & Easy CobblerPosted: June 10, 2011
Summertime around here means I always have at least one of these
lying around the kitchen counter. It’s not that I am a lazy slob. I am just letting the brown bag work its magic on two of my favorite summer delights: Hanover Tomatoes (to which I will devote at least one post) and Peaches! Apparently, the brown bag traps the ethylene hormone that is released by these fruits and promotes ripening, while allowing air to circulate around them. Sometimes I get distracted and forget what’s happening in the bag and end up with a mushy mess. Fortunately that doesn’t happen too often because peaches are hands-down my favorite fruit.
Once the South Carolina peaches start showing up in Richmond, summer has officially begun, and I go into summer cooking mode: fresh and fuss-free. Peaches fit the bill perfectly. Whether simply sliced, grilled, salsa’d, ice creamed or baked, as long as they are ripe, peaches require little fuss.
One of my family’s favorite ways to finish a meal is with this yummy cobbler that I culled from Southern Living several years ago. Preparation is quick, though it does bake for an hour (I just pop it in the oven right before we sit down to supper), and talk about easy. It also travels well.
As usual, I made some modifications to Southern Living’s recipe (TennTucky Blackberry Cobbler) that calls for blackberries and additional sugar on top. It really will work for any fruit that you might have on hand. Once the local blackberries start ripening, I like to mix blackberries and peaches together for an eye-catching and mouth-watering combination.
Start with these five simple ingredients.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 cups large diced peaches (or whatever fruit you have on hand, diced if necessary)
Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease a 12″ x 8″ baking dish. Whisk together the first 3 ingredients in a medium-size bowl, then stir in the melted butter. Pour into the prepared dish, and scatter the fruit evenly over the top.
Bake for about one hour when it will be golden brown.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
Can life get any better than that? I don’t think so. Have a peachy day!
All photos by Avad Fan.