It’s hot outside! No one wants to fire up their ovens on hot, sticky summer days when all you can think of are ways to beat the heat. Ice cream, lemonade, and popsicles are about the only treats one can savor without the worry of a hot oven to stand over, waiting for something delectable to accompany supper. But when peaches are at the peak of the season, exceptions must be made for cobblers.
Cobblers are among the easiest desserts to make. They require simple ingredients and little baking skill. If you know how to “cobble” together a bit of sugar, butter and milk, along with some flour, you are more than halfway there. In fact, the very essence of a cobbler, is the homemade, cobbled appearance of the dessert. The only downside is the hot oven. At least, once you are done, you have a rich, gooey dessert that is best served warm with dollops of vanilla ice cream. Ice cream always helps!
The best part of cobblers besides the flavor, is the choice of fruits. Just about any seasonal fruit will work well in a cobbler and without much change in ingredients. This recipe will work just as well with fresh picked berries as it will for peaches. Maybe you can’t decide…try mixing it up a bit by combining peaches with berries! Or maybe a mixed berry cobbler. It doesn’t matter if it “looks” perfect. Cobblers only appear picture ready in cookbooks and magazines. Besides, as the name suggests, it is cobbled together.
Our mothers and grandmothers before us used what ingredients were available on the cupboard shelf, and they knew how to make it stretch for their families. They were not worried if the end result was picture perfect for a camera. I still remember reaching into thorny shrubs growing wild, and picking berries that stained our clothes and never worrying if a snake was lurking beneath the brush. I also didn’t mind that the fruit was unwashed. Most of what I picked went right into my mouth. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!
Cobblers are so much a part of summer that I can’t imagine not making at least one for the season. They go together like scraped knees, stained clothes and bug bites. And those memories are worth all the trouble of a hot oven on a hot day. Our grandmothers would be proud.
Oh, So Easy Peach Cobbler
4 cups sliced, fresh peaches (for the peaches to soak)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of sugar (for the cobbler mixture)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup of milk
- Mix sliced peaches together with the 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes.
- Melt the butter in a 12 x 8 x 2 inch baking dish. Set aside.
- Mix together flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add milk to the mixture and stir well. Pour batter into baking dish. Do Not Stir. Pour peach mixture over the batter.
- Bake at 375* for 45-50 minutes or until top is golden brown.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream.