2.24.2012

Just so peachy.


It's golden, crumbly and slightly sweet -- a topping like no other. Underneath you find golden yellow peaches flecked with sweet crunchy specks of sugar and cut with a slight tang of blueberry flavour.

This is cobbler.

Such a simple but understated dessert. I've never made a cobbler before but I have made many crumbles. Quite similar desserts but a cobbler is more like a deconstructed pie -- and anything with a sweet buttery pastry like topping is ok by me.
So easy to make -- it requires just a few ingredients -- fruit, of course -- any stonefruit and berry combination works well.  I used peaches and blueberries but you could try other pairings like plum and blackberries or strawberries and rhubarb...Easily tossed in lemon juice and sugar and topped with a simple mix of flour, oatsbutter and demerara sugar.
Try it out and you will be pleased!

peach and blueberry cobbler
serves 4
(recipe adapted from Gourmet)

mix
4 large peaches (or 5-6 small)
1 cup blueberries
1/4 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp demerara sugar
1 tsp cornflour/cornstarch

topping
1/2 cup flour (I used wholemeal self-raising)
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup demerara sugar
pinch sea salt
80g (about 3/4 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 210 degrees C.
In a large bowl mix peaches, blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Place fruit mixture into a baking dish (I used a pie dish).

To make the topping: In a bowl combine flour, oats, sugar and salt and then rub in cold butter pieces with hands until mixture forms a crumbly like texture like sand -- leaving some lumps is ok. Stir in hot water a little at a time until mixture just combines, don't overmix. Drop spoonfools of topping over fruit mixture and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Note: I didn't pre-cook my fruit as I wanted it to have some texture and not be too soft.








13 comments:

  1. Looks like I should try this. I will never be pleased just by looking. The photos are great! =)

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  2. Peaches, blueberries, crunchy topping. Bliss. Thank you!

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  3. I have some peaches just waiting to be eaten... this dish looks lovely.

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  4. I love cobbler too! My first attempt at it was a plum and cherry cobbler a few months ago... and it was to die for! tangy, sweet, buttery and delicious. Here is my post about it: http://theweekendepicurean.blogspot.in/2011/08/plum-and-cherry-cobbler.html
    But of course, my pictures are a disgrace :( yours looks divine!!

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  5. Looks really delicious and filling...I am sure I will want another serving. I am def making this! =)

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  6. I love simple bakes like this. It's easy to make, looks beautiful, smells heavenly and tastes out of the world, what more can one ask for!

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  7. I always prefer cobblers to pies and such. This one looks so lovely, and adore the combination :)

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  8. I wonder if it would be the same with white flesh peaches? I don't eat peaches very often but with blueberries they sound delicious. :)

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  9. Gorgeous! This looks absolutely delicious...I totally cannot wait for summer to come! :)

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  10. I spy, with my little eye, someone who's on tastespotting! Yum, this picture kept popping up for me all day long (because that's how often I check for new recipes). So lovely!!!

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  11. Thanks sweet friends for the kind words - happy you like the post and fruity combination!

    As for white peaches Apple, I do think they'd work well but they have a milder flavor so they might work better paired with a stronger tasting fruit.
    Anna – happy you spotted me!

    Enjoy your baking adventures!

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  12. Peach and blueberry is my favourite combo. I like to add orange zezt to mine. Beautiful pictures

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