Last Friday a huge group of exchange and Turkish students got together at one of my friend’s apartments for a night of food. Not only was it a night of food, but it was an international potluck dinner and everyone was told to bring something from their country. Well with a bunch of Germans, Italians, French, Americans, Dutch, Turkish, etc. etc. you end up with a Smorgasbord (even though I am not sure any Swedish were present) of delicious food.
I love cobbler and I figured a classic peach cobbler screams American. So my friend Alex and I got together Friday night for some baking time. She ventured into the world of lemon poppy seed while I whipped up my favorite cobbler recipe.
Close up of the greatness – cinnamon + peach = endless marriage
I have shared this recipe a few times before with apples and berries and then nectarines and berries with a few twists and turns each time, but the basic recipe always stays the same and for good reasons – it produces a great cobbler.
This time it didn’t let me down. You see while I was IN LOVE with the tiramisu that one of the Italian girls made, another Italian girl was IN LOVE with the cobbler. To win the heart of an Italian with food is a great success.
Let’s not talk about the AH-Mazing Apfel Strudel that my German friend Doro made, of the Parmigiano that another guy made (even though he didn’t have Parmesan he still made it taste great). Not to mention the to-die for French puff pastries with honey, goat cheese and fig – killer combo. It was one of those nights where you just chalk it up to an expanding waistband and you don’t do anything to change it. Not a thing.
Now the original plan was to have the potluck at an apartment, but a few noise complaints from the neighbors and we found ourselves as a wandering caravan of internationals post the main course headed to chill down by the Bosphorus. This made for an extremely memorable night because we were without many serving utensils down by the water and thus just made all the desserts family share style. We all became really close, really fast (:
So the point of the story – this cobbler goes over well straight outta of the pan – no need to dirty more plates
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar (divided)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup milk (soy)
4+ cups fruit (chopped up peaches)
juice of 1 lemon juice (bang on the counter to soften)
1 tsp. cinnamon (with lots more used on top)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt butter in microwave (20-30 second intervals) then pour into a baking dish or dutch oven.
Combine flour, the sugar, baking powder and kosher salt in a medium bowl. Add milk and stir just until dry ingredients are incorporated. Pour batter over melted butter.
Heat the fruit, lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook until warm to the touch and ingredients are fully mixed. Pour the fruit mixture over the batter. Don’t worry: the crust will form over the fruit during baking. Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and then bake for 40-45 min.
Yes – this can be baked in a toaster oven (:
And yes my stovetop here is in fact a hot plate – and it is working just fine (:
Cheers from my Turkish Flat’s Kitchen