The aroma of fresh, roasted or baked peaches fills my spaces with warmth and pleasure. Can you think of anything else that smells like a peach? Oranges, lemons, and limes smell citrusy. Apples carry the scent of clean green or crisp honey. The bouquet of strawberries and blueberries melt together into a sweet nosegay of light essence and sugar.
How do you describe the fragrance of a peach? If you have one, grab it and put it under your nose. Do you recognize that scent?
I call it Eau de nostalgia.
~~Peach butter bubbling on grandma’s stove after another successful harvest–a mixture of sugar, cinnamon and juicy golden orange and yellow flesh.
~~Plump butts lined in rows of a crate boasting the graphics Colorado Peaches that mama bought from the grocery store–she had to order them weeks ahead of time.
~~Peeling the fuzzy from the juicy and seeing how long I can make the peel before it breaks and falls into my mouth.
~~The sweet but pungent scent of burnt sugar when the peach juice bubbles over the side of the pan and onto the floor of the oven.
~~Remembering one of the first desserts my mom taught me how to make, and how it was a staple food for 100 windy degrees of Kansas June days during wheat harvest.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a cook, this recipe is one you can make in your sleep. You probably won’t have to shop or even write it down because the ingredients are sparse. From my kitchen to yours: Peaches and Cream Cobbler.
Peaches and Cream Cobbler
4-5 fresh peaches, or equivalent canned peaches
6 TBS Butter
3/4 cup of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
Sugar and cinnamon for taste.
Preheat oven to 350 and spray and 8×8 baking pan or casserole dish.
Peel and slice 4 or 5 large, ripe peaches into the baking dish. Sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon over the top. Set aside. If you don’t have fresh peaches, or enough fresh peaches, supplement with canned peaches – juice mostly drained.
For the batter:
Melt 6 TBS butter and reserve
Combine 3/4 cup of flour with 3/4 cup of sugar
Toss in one egg and stir till crumbly. Add the melted butter and stir. The mixture should resemble a very thick pancake batter. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon or as desired.
Spoon the batter over the top of the peaches. It should cover most of the top.
Pop into the oven and bake until bubbly and brown – usually takes about an hour, sometimes longer if your peaches are extra juicy.
Eat while hot – serve with heavy cream or ice cream.
Place leftovers on the counter – watch it disappear over night. Especially if there’s a teenage boy living in your house.
*Note the amazing 12-hour time-lapse photography
Extra treat: Instead of ice cream or pouring the whipping cream over the cobbler, you can whip it into a dessert topping.
Whipped Heavy Cream Topping: Place a glass bowl with the mixing beaters in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Remove the items from the freezer and immediately pour heavy whipping cream into the bowl. How much? I have no idea!! I just pour until the bottom is adequately covered – probably 1 cup. Whip on high-speed until the cream starts to foam. At that time, add a small amount of granulated sugar – a couple of TBS at time and keep mixing until the peaks are soft, yet firm. Keep mixing and adding sugar until desired taste and consistency….so good!! Add vanilla if you like.
Spoon over the cobbler, on pumpkin pie, or just eat it by the spoon. I won’t tell if you do 🙂
Note 1: Planning to make recipes available on a semi-regular basis. Shooting for Saturdays, but not making any promises on every Saturday.
Note 2: I did NOT arrange those pretty eggs. I went to pull them out of the fridge and found them like that. I looked at my husband and he said, “What?” Upon further questioning he said, “Hey! 18 eggs fit perfect when you don’t just throw them in there.”
Note 3: If you’d like to print this recipe, I’d recommend going to the “From My Kitchen to Yours” tab – I’ll keep all the recipes over there. Right click and print.
Also – I FINALLY figured out how to add a Pinterest button to my photos – hover over the photo and pin it to your page, then it’s there forever ❤
Have a great weekend!