Easy, But Different, Peach Cobbler


A bushel and a peck ~ that’s how much we love fresh peaches here!


I knew it was time for 'summer-time comfort food' last Saturday when a bounty of great looking Michigan peaches was on display at the farmers’ market!

Great Michigan peaches!

You know ~ a cobbler was never meant to be a pretty thing...

It requires less precision of crust and placing of the filling.  The dish was ‘cobbled’ together by early American settlers utilizing fruit that Native Americans had been eating for centuries.  Ripe pieces of fruit were topped with generous clumps of biscuit dough and baked over an open fire until golden brown.  

Cobblers quickly became included into the settler fare, many favoring to eat the sweet treat for breakfast, as a first course, or as a main dish.  It wasn’t until the 19th century that cobbler was classified as a dessert.

The first printed recipe of ‘cobbler’ listed the concoction as “Peach Pie-or cobbler as often termed” in the Kentucky Housewife by Lettice Bryan.  The use of ‘cobbler' to describe the mixture may also have been the slang use of the word, given more for its appearance, since the crust resembled the cobblestone streets of colonial America.

 
Chuckwagon, source unknown

The cooks, as far back as 1796 early America, as well as the later 1860’s chuckwagon cooks on the trail, maintained an array of valuable spices in a tin toleware box guarded under lock and key.  


Toleware spice box

For intensifying flavors, they cooked with an assortment of spices, including cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice (a combo of mace, nutmeg and ginger) adding a pinch of ginger or orange peel to contribute a savory tang in their delicious dishes.

I’m sure peach cobbler was a favorite in their repertoire, it’s homey, nothing fancy and liked by most of us.  

I came upon this somewhat unique recipe here using pancake mix and Splenda and made it.  To tell the truth, Bill and I thought it was a “run-of-the-mill” peach cobbler, and wished I had used one of my old stand-by recipes instead, as the peaches were nearly perfect.

Before spices
After spices, baked

Sprinkling spices over the cobbler before baking seemed peculiar to me, but I proceeded with the recipe as directed ~ you never know, it might work!

We thought the result was "so-so" with the glob of spices ~ it looked somewhat better than it tasted...



It would've helped had I opened the oven and looked at it after it had baked a while; time enough to stir the spices in, maybe:  lesson learned with the whole process!

Should you make this recipe, which was good otherwise, be sure to swirl your spices with the peaches…     
     


Easy Peach Cobbler

prep time: 15 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 55 mins
Another peach cobbler recipe...

Ingredients:

4 cups sliced peaches, about 8 medium peaches (can use frozen also)
1 cup complete pancake mix
½ cup, plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar or Splenda Sugar Blend
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
½ cup milk
¼ cup butter

Instructions:

Heat oven to 375°.
Place butter in 8 x 8-inch baking dish, and place in oven to allow butter to melt.
Add pancake mix, Splenda or sugar and milk.
Stir to combine with melted butter, batter will be lumpy.
To peach slices in a small bowl,  combine spices with 1 tablespoon reserved sugar, spread over batter.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until batter in the center of the cobbler is set.
Serve warm with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

NOTES:

Recipe adapted:  https://rippedjeansandbifocals.com/8269-2/




Enjoy!




39 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, Love peach cobbler...or apple cobbler...or blueberry cobbler, etc. Peach is my favorite though! As for your recipe, if we don't try new ways of doing things we don't learn much. Swirling in the spices may have made the difference, or not. You'll just have to make another peach cobbler before peaches are out of season! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! Oh, blueberry cobbler, haven't had that in ages. You're right, it doesn't hurt to try things a new way. Another cobbler? Could be! Have a wonderful day, take care.

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  2. If I have a tried and true recipe, I generally stick with it. I have, however, ventured off to try a new way...most times, like you, I have been disappointed.
    I am about to make a Lemon pie with a new recipe...wish me luck...

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    1. bj, you're right! It's a win, lose sort of thing. The best of luck to you with the new lemon pie recipe! Thanks!

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  3. Clever idea! I always keep pancake mix in the freezer at the lake place. This might be a great thing to try there!

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    1. Hi Anne! Yes, I thought it was clever also. It was good except for the clumps of spices, would've been better mixed in to flavor all the peaches. Thanks!

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  4. My mouth is watering...always love peaches..sweet and juicy. Your cobbler looks delicious and I love the idea of using pancake batter to make it..different and delicious.

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    1. Hi Angie! The peaches were fabulous, sweet and juicy for sure. Thanks, glad you like the cobbler, and that it's unique with the pancake batter. Give it a try and let me know. ☺

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  5. I sure enjoyed this bit of history about the old days and cobblers. My oh my...those peaches looked so fresh and beautiful.

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  6. Peach cobbler is a fine dessert but I've sure been educated lately. I always thought peaches were a strictly southern tree but on our recent trip, I was facing Michigan peaches and was very surprised.

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    1. Hi Larry! As Georgia is the "Peach State," that's the area we associate peaches with. I've read that Michigan is in the top-five of peach producing states. We have a lot of those great peaches at the farmers' markets around here, hope you tried one on your trip! Thanks!

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  7. Peachy!
    I'll try almost anything you make- and doubly so if it has peaches in it!

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    1. Hi Son! I know how much you love peaches. I'll have to make another cobbler soon. Have a good rest of the week. Love ya

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  8. Cobbler is such good stuff! Never met one I didn't like, and I think peach may be the best of the best when it comes to flavors. This looks terrific -- thanks!

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    1. Thanks, John! Peach cobbler seems to be a hit everywhere. Glad you like it too. Take care

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  9. Loved the history lesson and chuck wagon and spice box photos! Even an average peach cobbler has got to be delicious with good peaches ;)

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Yes, it was OK, just a little different. Have to make another one. Have a good rest of the week!

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  10. Peaches are my favourite fruits, yum☺☺

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    1. They're a fave here too, Natalia! Thanks for the visit!

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  11. Peach cobbler is the best and I admire that you tried something new. The history and photos are wonderful! Have a great week Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! I always like to try new recipes, makes life interesting. :-) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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  12. Peaches in our country this time of the year are 'to die for'; so fleshy,juicy and aromatic!
    A peach cobbler , with milk, butter, and cinnamon in its composition is a wonderful dessert! I'm sure my taste buds will greatly enjoy your above peach cobbler both warm from the oven, and cold from the fridge.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! We love cobblers and you're right about the peaches, 'to die for'! Hot or cold works for me also. Take care

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  13. I love desserts made with peaches. Actually I just made a peach cobbler myself. I have not heard of making a cobbler using a pancake mix. Even if you weren't thrilled with this dessert I am sure that It still tasted good with the fresh peaches. I love hearing about the history of the cobbler.

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    1. Hi Dawn! I bet your cobbler was really good! Yes, the peaches and pancake mix were good in, esp. for someone who loves peaches. Thanks!

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  14. Yummo! I can’t wait til the summer to try recipes like this.

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! The peaches have been excellent here this summer, hope they are for you too later! Thanks!

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  15. What fun recreating old original recipes. Peach is likely my favorite cobbler and no they shouldn't be pretty. If it was pretty it would be a rectangular peach pie would it not. Now, not knowing where the name cobbler came from I was delighted to read your brief history lesson. Myself, I’ll go with the cobblestoned road theory. Bye the way, if you were to ask someone here (in English) for a cobbler, they’d send you to the shoe maker.

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    1. Thanks, Ron! Glad you liked a little bit of history along with the cobbler. I'll be sure to watch what I ask for, if I should go to Sweden! Just wonder what it's called there in Swedish. I really like peach cobbler, but I'd have to say my favorite is blackberry. Have a good weekend!

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  16. I feel like I have basically missed all the good stuff from the garden and FMs this summer (new job and all). I covet that bushel (and a peck) of peaches. I am sure that cobbler was delish with the gob of spices! :)

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    1. Hi Debra! It was good except for the strong glob of cinnamon, etc. Not much time left here for FMs and so forth. Thanks for the visit!

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  17. Laughing my head off at Ron's comment as it would ring so true here also . . . OK: just to make everything more 'complicated' may I say an spring-like 'hello' from a NE European-born from E Australia . . . . and also OK: am not really a baker but love learning about the central states . . . . with me it has always been the 'Big Apple', SF, LA and the like . . .

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    1. Hi Eha! Yes, he had a pretty funny comment. And a warm 'hello' to you in Australia. Glad you like to learn about the the Midwest U.S.! In my way of thinking, it's the heart of the country, but it's often overshadowed by the east and west coast. 😉 It's OK, we've got our corn fields and potatoes! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. very interesting! i maintain that an okay peach cobbler is still a yummy peach cobbler! :)

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  19. Thanks, Grace! You're right!

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  20. Dear Pam, I know the feeling of trying something new and then thinking I should have gone with the old stand-by. Usually the kids say "why" and I say, "I wanted to try something new" and we go back and forth.
    I am sure it was good though. xoxo Catherine

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