Peaches are crazy delicious right now. I always grab a basket of them on my weekly trip to the farmer’s market. I made a peach pie earlier this month but my dough karma was off and the pie ended up being a bit of a mess, delicious, but not at all photogenic. I wanted to make something simpler than pie but with all the goodness of fresh peaches, peeled and covered in cinnamon and sugar. Behold the peach cobbler. It’s way quicker than a pie, but just as satisfying. It’s September tomorrow if you can believe it. Still time for eating lots of fresh fruit, barbecuing out back, maybe one or two more trips up north, a beach trip or two . . . but we’re at the end of it now. We’re doing all those summer time things one last time before the weather changes and we reach for our sweaters.
I made this on a weekday morning. I woke up saw a basket of peaches that wasn’t long for this world and decided something had to be done. I like to bake in the mornings, I don’t know why, sometimes before I’ve even had breakfast I will decide on a recipe and start throwing ingredients in a bowl. Let it sit in the oven eat some breakfast, have a cup of tea and then have dessert! Who says dessert is just for after dinner? What a boring way to live. Dessert is for anytime you feel like it.
Also good whenever you feel like it? Fresh cut flowers. For me having fresh cut flowers in the house just gives me a stupid amount of happiness. I think it is well worth the $20.00 to have beautiful flowers. I’ve had less luck cutting flowers from my garden and putting them in the house. I planted foxglove specifically so I could cut them and bring them inside, but I must be doing something wrong because they wilt in their vases. Never the less, we still have a peach cobbler to talk about. I whipped this up in an hour including baking time. Can’t argue with that kind of time management. The longest part is definitely pealing the peaches. So, the way to peal your peaches, is to bring a nice big pot of water to a boil. You then toss (gently, don’t splash boiling water everywhere that’s a bad scene) the peaches in the boiling water for about 6-10 seconds. You scoop them out with a slotted spoon and the using a pairing knife split the skin. The skin should then peel off nice and easy.
The dough is just tossed on in big dollops, you brush it with non-dairy milk and sprinkle it with sugar. Into the oven it goes and soon enough you are enjoying some peach goodness. The weather cooled down last week but it’s climbed back up into sticky humidity this week, you won’t hear me complaining, I’m going to soak up every moment of heat and sunshine I can while it lasts!
Vegan Peach Cobbler (Adapted from Chloe’s Vegan Desserts)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbl sugar (plus extra for sprinkling)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 canola oil
1/2 cup soy milk (plus extra for brushing)
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt
In a small bowl combine the oil and soy milk
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until combined (don’t overmix!)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbl all purpose flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
7 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
Whisk together sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg, add peaches and toss to coat
Pre-heat oven to 375
Distribute peaches evenly in a 9 inch baking dish
Take a table spoon of dough at a time and drop it on to the peaches
Brush the dough with soy milk and sprinkle with sugar