Monday, September 16, 2013

Peach Cobbler (using canned peaches)

Photo by Shaw_Girl, flickr
This is a very old-fashioned dessert, something I remember my grandmothers making. It works with fresh, canned or frozen fruit and tastes best served hot with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream over it. One of my favourite desserts as a kid, and when I introduced my husband to it, his eyes just lit up!

2 small (410g) cans sliced peaches in light syrup
⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
  OR ½ cup fructose
 juice of 1 lemon
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 cups self-rising flour
⅓ cup fructose
 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 ¼ cups buttermilk or sour milk
⅓ cup vegetable oil (not olive oil)

Heat oven to 400°F (200°C)

Drain peaches, and reserve syrup. Put peaches in a lightly buttered 1-quart baking dish.

Put 1 cup of syrup into a small saucepan; add the sugars/fructose, lemon juice, spices, salt, butter, and cornstarch. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; simmer, stirring, until thickened and clear, about 4 to 5 minutes. Pour the hot mixture over the peaches. Place in the oven while preparing topping.

Sift together dry ingredients. Mix together until all is incorporated but do not knead.
This makes a VERY soft dough, so handle it gently.

Drop by spoonfuls onto the hot peach filling. Return to the oven and bake until topping is browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Other fruits in similar quantities can be substituted, including apples, berries or pears.

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