Since I've been all about canning jars for the past few weeks (more on that soon), I decided to make a dessert in them. And since peaches are showing up in the markets around here, it's time to make Florence's Famous Peach Cobbler.
At least it's famous around here. Every time I take a peach cobbler somewhere, everyone wants the recipe, and it's a easy as pie. A lot easier, actually.
Way back when (1991 -- sheesh!), I was on a fundraising committee at our little school, and we decided to put together a cookbook. It was great fun, the cookbook sold out (we did another one a few years later), and I use it all the time (can you tell from the spatters on this page?) Florence is also responsible for a pretty awesome ice cream recipe I'll share soon.
This is how the cobbler usually looks when I bake it in my paella dish (which has never once been used for paella):
I thought the recipe just might work in jars. It does.
Preheat the oven to 350 and start with 5-6 peaches. (If the peaches you find are a little hard, just put them in a brown paper sack for a day or two -- they'll ripen up nicely, but be sure to check them every day, as it's a quick trip from ripe peaches to rotten peaches.)
Peel them, slice them, toss them in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar, and set aside for awhile.
Divide 3/4 of a stick of butter into eight pieces and put in 8-ounce canning jars. Put the jars on a cookie sheet and put the sheet in the oven for the butter to melt.
Meanwhile, stir together 3/4 cup flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 teaspoon of vanilla or almond flavoring. Use a whisk to get rid of any lumps.
Then, spoon the peaches over the batter, dividing them evenly. Again, don't stir.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops of the cobblers are nice and brown.
As they cool, they'll shrink a bit:
Put on the lids and take to a picnic or a concert. Or, just eat the cobbler while sitting on the couch and watching Last Tango in Halifax. It's pretty good there, too.
(In the interest of complete disclosure, the first time I tried this, I divided the recipe into 6 jars instead of 8. Don't do that. You're welcome.)
Peaches, coffee, friends and Carrie Newcomer. It was a pretty perfect Friday evening.