Peach Cobbler & Peeling Peaches

Confession No 26: My desserts are so easy my dog could do it

Ok, so Missy has paws which would render her completely useless in the kitchen for anything other than licking the floor which she does splendidly: that and the fact that she is really hairy (unhygienic) and a complete greedy guts (bare plate city for us). But you get where I’m going….

I’ve always loved to cook but I’m a savoury girl. I can fling things into a pot for dinner and it usually turns out pretty well but when it comes to anything sweet, I freeze: rabbit-in-the-headlights, caught-with-your-hand-in-the-cookie-jar, husband-being-asked-to-have-an-opinion-on-my-outfit freeze. My inner cooking voice deserts me and I’m on my own, lost in the unfamiliar territory of scales, flour and sugar.

Not being one to make the same mistake more than 10 times, I’ve learnt to have a couple of fail-safe, me-proof desserts in my cooking repertoire. I pull these out every now and then to prove to my children that I am not a complete dessert making disaster and that I too can cook like the contestants on My Kitchen Rules.

As I was thinking about my dessert making dilemma I wondered if any of you are just as culinarily challenged when it comes to all things sweet. And whether you could do with a gorgeous yet easy dish that you can pull out in times of baking domesticity.

My peach cobbler is the ultimate in comfort celebrating the last of the summer fruit. Sigh. It uses a timeless combination of fresh ripe peaches with brown sugar and is baking in the oven in under 15 minutes. Need to know more? I’ve put a little How To below on how to peel peaches. It’s so easy and makes all the difference when you’re baking with them.

What’s your favourite summer fruit? Do you cook with it or just enjoy it pick off the tree?

Peach Cobbler

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How to Peel Peaches

I love peach skin with its fuzzy texture and gorgeous rosy blush but when you cook with it, it turns chewy and detracts from your dish. For this reason, I peel my peaches (especially when I bake).
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This is a quick guide to peeling peaches. I say quick because it’ll be done in under 5 minutes!

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to the boil (enough to cover peaches)
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Step 2

Place peaches in boiling water and boil for anywhere between 45 seconds to a couple of minutes. The cooking time will depend on how ripe your peaches are. You’ll know when it’s time to remove them as the skin will start to loosen and come away. Be careful not to overcook otherwise the fruit will cook and begin to go mushy.
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Step 3

Remove peaches from boiling water and plunge into a bowl of iced water for about 20-30 seconds. This stops the cooking process.
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Step 4

Once peaches are cool, remove from the water, pat dry and begin to remove the skin. This can be done with your hands or using a small paring knife.
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This technique can be used for apricots, tomatoes or any other fruit/veg that has skin that’s difficult to remove. I find tomato skin to be the most difficult and so I usually place a small criss-cross incision in the bottom to help the skin come away.

Indulge without guilt
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