Andrew’s dad is an entomologist who works for a company that grows completely organic fruit and vegetables, which means he gets to bring some of the purest and most delicious fruit. Last time we visited them in Fresno, he sent us home with a special kind of peaches. They were very small and they didn’t last long enough to be sold in normal grocery stores, but they are THE BEST peaches I’ve ever had.
I used the ones he sent us home with to make this really easy skillet peach cobbler. The skillet was a gift from Andrew’s mom for Christmas and I haven’t had too much chances to use it yet, but this turned out to be the perfect recipe for it. When it was fresh out of the oven and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it was seriously so delicious. Peaches also remind me of summer, so it made for the perfect summer evening treat.
- 4 cups of peaches, cut
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (for topping)
First, combine the peaches, water, cinnamon and 1 cup of sugar in the skillet and heat on medium heat on the stove until the water begins to boil. Stir and let the peaches and sugar simmer in the boiling water before removing and pouring the mixture into a separate bowl. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, vanilla and milk and whisk until well-mixed. Melt the butter in the skillet on low-medium heat, coating the entire pan. Pour the batter into the skillet but do not stir. Pour the peaches (water and all) on top and spread out the peaches a little with your spatula if necessary. Sprinkle brown sugar over the top and pop the skillet in the oven for 35-40 minutes on 350 degrees.
Leave a baking sheet on the rack beneath the skillet to catch any butter that spills over so that you won’t have a mess on the bottom of your oven. Remove when the top is brown and if you gently shake the skillet, it should remain firm. Let cool momentarily before serving with a scoop of ice cream!
Peaches just scream summer to me, so this would make a great 4th of July dessert (if you’re willing to turn your oven on). Enjoy!