Grits until an American penpal sent me a packet, pecan pie for a long time and then I found it in England, spam thankyou Monty Python, Oreos, corn bread until I gave it a whirl, pastrami on rye, well, the list is lengthy.
So peach cobbler is one of those. I hadn't the foggiest what it looked like, what it was supposed to taste like (except perhaps peachy?). I had never heard of anyone making it or even whether it was a dessert as I presumed.
But when the in-laws brought home a large bag of freshly harvested peaches, the first thought that entered my head was... peach cobbler. Isn't it funny what effect films and books have on us?
I searched high and low and wide for recipes. And in my usual do-it-my-own-way style, I put together one from online sources and my own cake baking experiences that sounded the most appealing to me. Here it is.
8-10 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thick wedges
1/4 cup (50g) white sugar
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2-3 tsps cornstarch
Mix it all up in a bowl and stick it in a hot oven (220C, 425F) for 20 mins.
2 cups (250g) flour (plain, all-purpose)
1/2 cup (50g)white sugar
1/2 cup (50g) brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp (100g) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1/2-2/3 cup (120-180ml) boiling water & 1-2 tsps vanilla extract
Mix all dry ingredients. Add butter and rub in until mix resembles breadcrumbs. Add water and blend until just mixed.
Add dollops of this to peaches.
Then sprinkle about 1 tbsp white sugar & 1/4 tsp cinnamon over the top.
Bake for about 30-40mins.
Is this what it looks like? I don't care! It's gorgeous. Very sweet so you could certainly alter the sugar amounts, especially in the fruit mix. And you could lower the butter content for something less rich. We have had it with vanilla ice-cream or fresh cream. It was a hit over here.
I'm going to try blueberry and cherry variations.