Summer is my favorite season for so many reasons… warm sunshine, longer daylight hours, green trees and grass, beautiful gardens and flowers, and the abundance of fresh fruit. Peaches are one of my favorite Summer fruits. They smell so good and can be used in a variety of delicious home-baked goodies.
I purchased some beautiful, ripe organic peaches this past weekend, and went back and forth on whether I should use them in a pie or cobbler. As you probably noticed by the title of this blog post, the cobbler won out.
If you’re looking for a yummy treat to make this weekend for a barbecue or picnic, may I recommend making this incredibly easy, yet very delicious Peach Cobbler. The fresh peaches are so flavorful, and the crust is crisp and light. This cobbler is wonderful enjoyed “as-is”, or you can pair it with ice cream or top it with whipped cream.
Whichever way you choose to enjoy it, I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed by this quintessential Summer dessert.
2 pounds ripe peaches, about 4 or 5 large
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375° degrees. Butter the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.
Peel, halve, and pit the peaches. Slice each half into 3 or 4 wedges.
In a large bowl, combine the peaches, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch. Let the fruit sit in the bowl for 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and remaining 1/2 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Place the peaches in the prepared baking pan. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls over the fruit, and smooth into an even layer.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden.
Remove from oven and place the cobbler on a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.