My dear friend Marja first piqued my interest in baking and cake decorating, many years back when our kids were toddlers playing together. She was the first to show me how to fold parchment paper to make a piping bag. And her cakes and cookies are amazing. So I was thrilled when she shared this delicious recipe. This hearty and easy dessert is perfect for busy folks who want to make a quick dessert to celebrate the end of a long, hard day, or if guests pop by suddenly for dinner and you want to wow them with a great dessert.
I have always had a soft spot for cakes or pastry eaten with ice cream, so naturally, this dessert is perfect for me. What I especially like is that clean-up is a cinch. The butter is melted in the cake pan itself, so the bowl where the rest of the ingredients are whisked together is not oily. That saves a lot of cleaning time.
Her recipe calls for a 30cm x 20cm (approximately 12" x 8") rectangular cake pan. Since I don't have one that size, I've halved it and used my 8" x 4" cake pan. It worked very well.
This is delicious eaten on its own, but I feel (and I know many will agree with me), the best way to eat a peach cobbler is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is also delicious with raspberry sauce topped on ice cream, and almond slices. Yum. The next time I bake this, I will add dark cherries as well as peaches to the batter, and maybe more cinnamon and some nutmeg. Double yum.
Marja's Easiest-of-all Peach Cobbler
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 40 minutes
Weighing machine or measuring cup
12” x 8” rectangle pan
Cooling grid / rack
125 g unsalted butter
135 g plain flour
180 g sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon baking powder
pinch of salt
150 ml milk
3 x 400g tins of sliced peaches
Heat the oven to 165° C, fan forced.
Put the butter in a 30cm x 20cm oven dish and let the butter melt in the oven while it is heating up. Don't let the butter brown!
Mix flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
Add eggs and milk and whisk well.
Pour the mixture into the oven dish on top of the hot butter, don't stir!
Drain the peach slices (you won't use the syrup) and spread the peach slices on top of the batter, don't stir.
Sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
Put in the middle of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes. Check with a toothpick.
Allow to cool for a minute or five to serve hot with ice cream, custard and/or whipped cream. Lukewarm or cold just as delicious. Great for a quick dessert or as a slice of cake with a coffee or tea.