Charlotte’s Stupid-Good Peach Cobbler

Yes, fruits are good for you and peaches have health benefits and blah, blah, blah.  But, you know what’s way better than being healthy?  Putting all this healthy shit together, covering it with the best topping known to man, thanking God Charlotte is alive to create this recipe and then devouring this dessert like a prisoner just released from a decade in a P.O.W. Camp.

 

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This dessert is perfect for anytime, anywhere and any reason.  Make it for a dinner party, make it for your kids, make it just because you have a mouth and this should be in it.

The lemon and bourbon brighten up this sweet treat, while cloves and cinnamon give it a hint of earthy spice.  And, for the love of all things, can we discuss this topping?  It’s stupid.  Seriously.  It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever eaten.  I don’t even have to describe it..just look at it.  It’s like a dessert biscuit on top of a bowl of holy-fucking-fantastic syrupy, succulent peaches.

 

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PS – peaches do have a ton of health benefits, and, so long as you are using wholesome, organic ingredients – besides the bourbon, you don’t have to feel terrible when you realize that you ate the whole entire dish without sharing.  Peaches are super low in calories with zero saturated fats.  They have a ton of vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A, B-carotene and C which do everything from fight off free radicals to aiding in vision to maintaining clear skin.  Also, peaches are rich with potassium and iron, important for your heart rate and blood pressure.  Oh, and they fight of free radicals.  So, go ahead and make two batches.  Twelve!  Who cares?!!?  Peaches are beneficial as all get out and the star of this yummy dessert.

We got our perfect peaches at King Family Farm and Market out on State Road 70 in Bradenton.  If you haven’t been, do yourself a favor and go this weekend.  They’re only open on Saturdays for a few more weeks.  If you have been, then you already know the magic behind King Farm’s famous peaches.  Oh, and if you go, tell Shelby that I said you need to buy all the honey they have.

 

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Peach Cobbler
Recipe and photos by Charlotte Abrams

 

Filling:
2 1/2 pounds ripe but firm peaches (about 6-7 large), peeled
1 teaspoon cornstarch or arrowroot
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
pinch sea salt
pinch ground cloves
1 tablespoon bourbon
3 tablespoons sugar

Topping:
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar plus 1 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Halve, pit, and slice the peaches into 1-inch thick slices. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, lemon juice, salt, cloves, and bourbon. In a large bowl, toss peaches with 3 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch mixture. Pour into a 9-inch baking dish and bake until bubbling on edges, about 12 minutes. Meanwhile, make the topping. In a small bowl, combine the 1 teaspoon sugar and cinnamon, set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gently stir in yogurt, butter, and vanilla until a soft dough forms. Divide into 6 even parts. Place on top of hot peaches, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar, and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.