- 8 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
- Juice from ½ small lemon
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour melted butter into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Place peaches into pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Turn off heat and, with a slotted spoon, transfer peaches to a bowl of ice water. Once cool enough to handle, remove skins with a paring knife. Slice peaches and set aside.
- Combine granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring until well blended.
- Slowly stir in 1 cup milk until mixture comes together into a batter. Pour batter over butter in baking dish.
- In a saucepan, combine peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Turn off heat and pour peaches over top of batter.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until top crust has become a golden brown color.
3 cups fresh blueberries
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In an 8 inch square baking dish, mix blueberries, 3 tablespoons sugar, and orange juice. Set aside. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons over blueberry mixture. Try to cover as much of filling as possible.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
- For the biscuit topping
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons (120 grams) all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (130 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 3 1/2 tablespoons cold buttermilk
- For the tomato filling
- 2 pounds (1 kilogram) red and yellow cherry tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Leaves from 8 to 10 thyme sprigs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Healthy pinch freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- 6 ounces (170 grams) soft goat cheese, crumbled
- Make the biscuit topping
- 1. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Dump in the butter cubes. Using a pastry blender, work the butter until you have pea- to lima bean-size pieces. (If you have particularly cold hands, you can use your fingertips.) Drizzle in the buttermilk and toss the mixture with a fork until it’s evenly moistened.
- 2. Plop the dough on a clean work surface. Press and squeeze the dough until it begins to hold together. (If you tossed it well with the fork, this should be a cinch. If you see dry spots, it’s best to use the fork to mix the dough instead of your hands. Whatever you do, don’t overwork the dough.) When all is said and done, you should still see pea-size bits of butter running through the dough.
- 3. Shape the dough into a disc about 3/4 inch (2 centimeters) thick. Using a 1 1/2 inch (4 centimeter) biscuit cutter, cut out 9 biscuits. Gently gather the dough scraps together, press them into a slab again, and cut out more biscuits. (I was able to get 15 biscuits.) Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet and slide them in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. (You can stash the biscuits in a resealable plastic bag and freeze them for up to 3 months to simplify throwing the cobbler together at the last minute easy. You’ll want to allow them a little extra time to thaw a little after taking them out of the freezer and before baking them.)
- Make the tomato filling
- 4. Crank your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- 5. Toss the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, half the thyme, salt, and pepper in an ovenproof skillet. (I used a 12-inch cast-iron skillet and it worked marvelously.) Cover the skillet and cook on the stovetop over medium-high heat until the tomatoes begin to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover the skillet and continue cooking until all the tomatoes have burst slightly and released their juices.
- 6. Remove the biscuits from the freezer and generously brush the tops with the egg wash. Place them on top of the tomato mixture in the skillet, spacing them 1 inch (2 1/2 centimeters) apart.
- 7. Bake the cobbler for 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and dot the goat cheese between the biscuits, covering any exposed tomato mixture. Return the whole shebang to the oven, bump up the heat to 450°F (232°C) and continue baking until the top is nicely browned, about 10 minutes more. Scatter the remaining thyme over the top and serve the cobbler warm or at room temperature, scooping the cobbler straight from the skillet at the table. If you’re like me, you’ll want to gild each serving with an extra crank or so freshly ground black pepper. The cobbler is best eaten the day it’s made. (Like it could ever make it to another day.)
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