Now’s about the time that I start going through my freezer, using up the last of last year’s harvest, and making room for more. This year, I had one small bag of peaches left – and a hankering for some cobbler! But what makes a cobbler a cobbler and not a crumble? If you ask me, it just depends on what you want to call it, but I guess there are a couple of rules you can follow if you want to make sure you’re on the up and up.
A cobbler is a dish that has a base of fruit, which is then covered with a batter. This batter cooks up kind of like pie dough, but it’s typically dotted on top of the cobbler, covering only part of the fruit, unlike pie. A crumble on the other hand, has the same front-on-the-bottom idea, but it’s topped with a mixture of oats, flour, butter, sugar, and spices. This mixture isn’t held together like batter or dough, but instead is sprinkled, or crumbled, over the fruit.
Either way, both cobblers and crumbles are a great way to wrap up dinner!
- 8 cups peaches, peeled and sliced (you can use frozen as well, just defrost them first) $5.50
- 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.14
- 3/4 cup white sugar, divided $0.14
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided $0.11
- 6 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into small pieces $0.36
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus 1/4 teaspoon $0.45
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice $0.10
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch $0.18
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg $0.15
- 1 teaspoon baking powder $0.01
- 1/2 teaspoon salt $0.01
- 1/4 cup boiling water Free!
Total cost $7.15
Cost per serving $1.78
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.) In a large bowl combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly and then pour into a 4″ x 4″ casserole dish. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
3.) While fruit is cooking, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and break it up with your fingertips until the mixture resembles large pebbles. Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is just combined.
4.) Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping on them. Mix together 3 tablespoons of white sugar with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the fruit and batter in the baking dish.
5.) Place the entire dish back into the oven and bake until the topping is golden brown, about 30 minutes.
6.) Remove from oven and allow to sit for just a few minutes to cool slightly.
7.) Serve, with whipped cream or ice cream, and enjoy!