Crazy About Cobbler
I’m hard pressed not to pounce on any fresh baked treats that are set before me, but there truly is something uniquely cozy and comforting about cobbler (and no, it’s not just because you can rationalize the fruit intake). And while there's still some good summer produce available, try Jules's new cobbler recipe. No doubt it’ll make your weekend even sweeter.
"The only time I ever really crave fruit is in the summer, when berries are round and plump, peaches and nectarines leave their juices behind on your chin, and everywhere you turn, there are fruit salads and cobblers galore. As fall approaches and the last days of summer linger, I always begin to get excited about making cobblers. In cooler weather, I focus on apples, but while we still have fresh summer fruit, I take full advantage of the local, organic farms’ bright offerings. In my opinion, the best cobbler is one that displays the beauty of the fruit but also has plenty of the “cobbler-y” stuff: the buttery and sugar topping that for many of us really is the best part. Here is my recipe for a peach and raspberry cobbler, but no need to be wedded to these fruits; use whatever fruit looks good that day.
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Place sliced peaches, orange juice, and ¼ cup granulated sugar in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir gently for about 5 minutes, until sugar begins to dissolve and peaches begin to soften.
2. Remove peaches from heat and very gently stir in raspberries, cornstarch, and vanilla extract. Only stir until combined, as to not completely rupture the raspberries. Allow entire mixture to cool in refrigerator while you begin to make the topping.
3. In a Cuisinart, combine flour, light brown sugar, salt, and ½ cup granulated sugar. Pulse Cuisinart for a few seconds to incorporate dry ingredients. Slowly, pulse in cubed, chilled butter, about two tablespoons at a time until all butter is incorporated. The mixture should look like wet sand.
4. Remove cooled fruit mixture from fridge and, using a slotted spoon to omit most of the residual juice, layer entire mixture on bottom of baking dish. Using your hands, sprinkle all of topping mixture over fruit mixture. It may seem like a lot, but much of it will dissolve into the juices underneath.
5. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream."
Click here for the printable PDF of Jules's recipe.