Cast Iron Peach Cobbler
August 29, 2015
Peach Cobbler is the most delectable of flings – hot, sticky, sweet, seasonal, and easy on the eyes. I love to make mine in a cast-iron because it means oven-to-table presentation, and I’m a sucker for anything that saves me dishes while looking both rustic and elegant.
I tried this cobbler every which way to get to the recipe below – I wanted to twist the classic, and I finally found the magic ingredient in the bulk foods section right next to the dried mango. Throw in a little minced ginger and the familiar becomes newly unforgettable, spicy and sophisticated through it’s sweetness.
Serve this up hot and covered in vanilla ice cream for those you love this summer, and share a taste you’ll miss all year…until next peach season.
Ingredients for Filling:
8 large Peaches, cut into thin wedges, peeled if you have time
¼ cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Cornstarch
Ingredients for Biscuit Topping:
1 ½ cups all-purpose Flour
1/3 cup White Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
¾ tsp. Salt
¾ stick cold unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup Cold Milk
¼ cup minced Candied Ginger
Preheat oven to 400°F. If you have time to peel your peaches, first boil them for 1-2 minutes, then dunk them in a bowl of iced water – this will help the skin to separate from the flesh and slide off more easily.
De-pit and slice the peaches into thin wedges, then toss them with the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and cornstarch in a cast-iron skillet and bake them in the middle of oven for 5 minutes.
Make the topping while the peaches bake. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a sharp knife, cut butter into small pieces, and mince candied ginger. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in milk and ginger until just combined. Be sure not to over-mix, as this will cause the butter to melt.
Remove the cast-iron from the oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over the peaches – 8 total. Return to the oven and bake until topping is golden, about 40 minutes. Topping will spread as it bakes. Spoon heaps of Ice Cream on top, and delight one melting, delicious bite at a time!
Total Cooking Time: 1 hour