Peach Cobber

Cobblers are an American deep-dish fruit dessert with a thick crust and a fruit filling.

Native to China, peaches traveled to Persia via the Silk Road, where they were tasted by Alexander the Great, who introduced them to Greece. Christopher Columbus brought peach trees to America on his second and third voyages. The French introduced them to Louisiana and they are now associated with the American South.

For the fruit:
6 to 8 cups peeled and sliced peaches
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup flour
zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the cobbler topping:
1 ½ cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
½ cup buttermilk
½ teaspoon vanilla

1.Preheat oven to 375º F. Lightly butter an 8×10-inch baking dish.
2.Mix the dry ingredients together then cut in the butter using your fingers until it resembles coarse sand.
3.Stir in the buttermilk and vanilla with a fork until dough clings together when grabbed with your hand. If it is too dry, add a little more buttermilk.
4.Separately, toss the fruit with the sugar, cinnamon, flour, lemon zest and juice. Put the fruit in the dish then spoon with the cobbler topping over the dough to give the surface a cobbled appearance.
5.Bake until the fruit is cooked and bubbling around the edges, about 25 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6

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