This has to be one of my favorite desserts of all time! It is so versatile and you can use any type of berry you want. During the summer I use Huckleberries instead of Peaches and it is to die for!
Let me tell you what, the moment Farmer's Market starts here in Missoula (if winter will ever end), I am going to spend a small fortune and buy a TON of Huckleberries so that I can freeze them. I have no idea if Billings offers Huckleberries, but I'm guessing they don't. Plus, Dusty bought me a Huckleberry Cookbook that I haven't been able to use yet because Huckleberries aren't in season until summer.
But anyways, this isn't about Huckleberries, this is about Peaches!
Two nights ago I had a little mishap in the kitchen that deemed me the name "Miss Cinnamon," thanks to my awesome reading skills. As I was putting the Peach filling together I read the recipe I had written out and it said "1/4 cup Cinnamon". I questioned this, scratched my head and then went with it. It seemed odd, but oh well!
So as I was thickening my filling I realized that it was way darker than normal.
This can't be right? It has never looked like this before!?!?
To make sure I wasn't going to screw this recipe up, I called my mom for the original recipe...just to compare notes.
"Hey Mom! So can you check something for me in the peach cobbler from your cookbook."
"I should really just get you a copy of this book, you use it so much" (OK! You can get it for me!)
"Uh, so it's a 1/4 cup Cinnamon right?!?"
My mom is thinking less of me at this moment and wondering how I made it through college.
"NO! It's only 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon!"
"Ooooh." (Some swear words) "I'll just have to rinse out the peaches from the filling and start over."
Meanwhile, my mom is laughing at me and I can hear Dusty upstairs laughing at me too.
I thank my mom for correcting me of my ways, get off the phone and Dusty comes downstairs saying, "Why hello Miss Cinnamon, did we add a little too much of something this evening?"
And that is how Miss Cinnamon was born! My apartment smelled strongly of cinnamon all night but I fixed the cobbler and it was delicious!
Now let's get to the recipe!
Here is what you are going to need for the Filling:
-4 cups of Peaches (or any berry)
-1/4 cup Water
-1 tbsp Cornstarch
-1/2 cup Sugar
-1/4 tsp Cinnamon
Here is what you are going to need for the Topping:
-1/2 cup Flour
-1/2 cup Sugar
-1/4 tsp Salt
-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
-2 tbsp Butter-melted
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (F).
For this recipe you can use fresh or canned peaches. I just so happened to have canned. So I used it!
Drain the peaches of their juices...
And give them a rough chop so you don't have awkward long pieces of peaches in your cobbler.
Now they are bite-sized peaches!
Then in a small saucepan, combine the water and cornstarch. Stir to dissolve the cornstarch. Add the peaches, sugar and cinnamon. Cook until it thickens and boils.
Pour the peach filling into an ungreased 8x8 baking dish.
Note that the sauce is not dark brown! It is the right amount of cinnamon!
Combine all of the topping ingredients into a bowl...
And then drop the topping over the peaches.
It doesn't have to be pretty because it will eventually melt and spread out.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the topping is golden brown and let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool.
If you are feeling fancy, you can whip up some homemade whipped cream to serve on top by just blending these 3 ingredients together until it forms soft peaks:
-1/2 cup Whipping Cream
-1 tbsp Sugar
-1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
Serve the whipped cream or ice cream with your Peach Cobbler and you are good to go!