Rachel's Table

Peach Blueberry Cobbler Even Darth Vader Would Love

The morning after partying with Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Yoda, Princess Leia and a variety of Ewoks, breakfast needs to be simple and involve mostly coffee. You can imagine why.

May the Force Be with You

Darth poses with an Ewok

So I put a pot on and decided to whip up a local-ingredient dessert for breakfast. This recipe is adapted from my favorite cobbler recipe on Saveur.com. I say adapted because I didn’t have some of the ingredients (mainly milk and cherries) and didn’t want to use corn starch or vegetable shortening. The original recipe is excellent. I suggest making the Saveur recipe for dessert one summer evening and my recipe, which is less sweet, for a weekend breakfast.

Peach Blueberry Cobbler Even Darth Vader Would Love

4 Tablespoons butter plus more for buttering the pan (I used local, Amish-made butter. So good.)

1/3 cup honey (preferably local. Mine’s from Gage Family Beekeeping in Middletown, DE)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups fresh blueberries

6 local peaches, peeled and cut into chunks (the peaches I used were on the smaller side)

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 cup half and half (or milk)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 8″x8″ baking dish or a pie plate; set aside. Whisk 1/3 cup honey and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add blueberries and peaches.

Local peaches and blueberries mingling

Cook until thickened, about 5 or 6 minutes. If you want the fruit to have a thicker “sauce”, add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch to the honey (or use cornstarch and sugar instead).  Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and almond extract (my secret ingredient in so many baked goods). Pour filling into baking dish. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. With fingers, work butter into the flour until course lumps form. Stir in half and fhalf to form a dough.

Half and Half from Trickling Springs Creamery

This dough was soft and light. I’m sure using milk instead of half and half would make the dough even lighter.

Place heaping tablespoons of dough evenly over filling.

Ready for the oven

Bake until golden and bubbling, 35-40 minutes.

My cobbler came out great–not too sweet and perfect with a cup of black coffee. Darth Vader was pleased.

Cobbler and Coffee

Believe it or not he’s smiling under his helmet


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