Trying to create a delicious dessert from your food storage can be somewhat of a challenge, especially at the moment when we are not able to get out to the shops for fresh ingredients. We don’t always want to have cake or cookies, sometimes we crave something a tiny bit different.
This recipe I am sharing today for a fabulous Praline Peach Cobbler fits the bill perfectly. It is something which uses store cupboard ingredients which we all probably have in our homes as well as being something your family is sure to love. This is pure and utter comfort in a dish, with ice cream on top!
This moreish cobbler is composed of three distinct layers, including a crisp praline base, sweet cinnamon sliced peaches and a baked on topping. It goes together very quickly and smells like a little bit of heaven when it is baking. I simply cannot think of when we have all needed a little bit of heaven more than right now!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE PRALINE PEACH COBBLER
This scrumptious dessert uses a variety of ordinary ingredients.
|graham cracker crumbs|
|finely chopped toasted pecan nuts|
|soft light brown sugar|
|butter or margarine, melted|
|canned sliced peaches, drained|
|baking mix (store bought or homemade)|
|baking mix (store bought or homemade)|
HINTS & TIPS FOR MAKING A GREAT PEACH COBBLER
- If you do not have graham cracker crumbs, you can blitz whole graham crackers into crumbs in a food processor quickly and easily. Fourteen square graham crackers blitzed until fine will make up 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs.
- I like to toast my nuts before using them for any recipe. To do this, preheat your oven to 400*F. Spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet in a single layer and then pop them into the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Check them at about 8 minutes as you do not want them to burn. They will smell nice and nutty. Toasted nuts have far more flavour than untoasted nuts.
- If you don’t have pecan nuts you can substitute the equivalent of another kind of nut. Walnuts work very well as do hazelnuts. Remember to toast them before blitzing them. Also do not be afraid to mix several nuts to make up the full amount.
- When you blitz the nuts in the food processor, make sure you do not blitz them too finely. You want them to have a consistency of fine dry breadcrumbs, or almond meal. If you try to get them too fine, you run the risk of ending up with a butter rather than nut meal.
- The recipe calls for sliced peaches. It is not a problem if you only have peach halves, simply drain them as per the recipe and then slice by hand. Make sure you drain the peaches really well so that you don’t end up with a soggy crust.
- In order to drain the peaches, dump them into a colander and let them drain completely over a bowl. You can use the drained juice to make smoothies, etc.
- If you have no baking mix, you can easily make your own. I always have my own homemade baking mix in my cupboard. To make your own baking mix, whisk together 2 cups all purpose flour, 3 tsp. of baking powder and ½ tsp of salt. Cut in 6 TBS of butter (shortening, lard or margarine) until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Store in an airtight container in the freezer, bringing it to room temperature when you need to use it. You will find this will come in very handy and makes a great substitute for any brand of baking mix.
- Unless stated otherwise I always use whole milk (homogenised) in all of my recipes.
- For high altitude baking, decrease the butter by half and bake for five to ten minutes longer.
- You can easily make your own cinnamon sugar by mixing together equal amounts of granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
HOW TO MAKE PEACH COBBLER RECIPE
The first thing I do before preparing any recipe is to read the recipe through twice. That way I am less likely to leave things out, and I familiarise myself with exactly what I will need as far as equipment or ingredients go. I then assemble everything I need on my workspace, including the ingredients. Being prepared properly goes a long ways towards preventing any costly mishaps later on. Also this is the time to begin preheating your oven and buttering any baking dishes you will need.
Begin by preparing the bottom crust. Measure the graham cracker crumbs, chopped nuts, brown sugar and melted butter in a bowl, mixing everything well together with a fork. Press this mixture evenly into your buttered baking dish. I always use my hands for this, but you can also use the bottom of a measuring cup or drinking glass to give you an even layer.
Once you have your bottom crust in the baking dish you will need to arrange the sliced peaches over top. I like to do this in an orderly fashion. I just think it gives you a much nicer finish. You can sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over top of the peaches once you have laid them all out.
Its time now to prepare the topping. Mix together the sugar and baking mix in a bowl and then stir in the milk to give you as smooth a mixture as possible. It may be difficult to get out all of the lumps, but just do the best that you can.
Pour this mixture evenly over top of the peaches.
I always like to place my baking dishes on top of a baking tray when baking. This helps to make it easier to slide them in and out of the oven. Do this now and pop the casserole dish into the oven to bake. It will take approximately 45 to 50 minutes and will be golden brown and set at the end of that time.
Leave it to sit for 10 minutes or so before spooning it out into bowls to serve.
I use fruit nappies for serving this dessert. You don’t need big bowls. It is quite a rich and delicious dessert. A little bit goes a long way. It is best served warm.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH PRALINE PEACH COBBLER
Warm desserts such as this always call for something cold to spoon over top. Of course they are completely delicious on their own, but their richness calls out for something cold and simple to complete the picture.
We like to serve this tasty dessert warm with some vanilla bean ice cream on top. It is also delicious with light cream poured over top, or a dollop of whipped cream. If you are feeling especially industrious you can make a simple custard sauce to pour over top.
Your family are sure to love this simple and homey dessert no matter what you decide to serve it with. Stand back and wait for the applause. This is surely destined to become a family favourite!
- ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
- ¼ cup soft light brown sugar, packed
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 1 (29oz) tin of sliced peaches, drained
- 1 tsp prepared cinnamon sugar
- ½ cup baking mix
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 350*F. Spray an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with some low fat cooking spray. Set aside. (Alternately you can butter it with some softened butter.)
- Mix the graham cracker crumbs, chopped nuts, brown sugar and butter together in a bowl. Press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish evenly.
- Arrange the peach slices on top of the crust, and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
- Whisk together the baking mix, sugar and milk.
- Pour this mixture over the peaches in the baking dish.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown and set.
- Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm, spooned into bowls with some ice cream, pouring cream, whipped cream or custard sauce.
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.