I am fascinated by oddball recipes that seem to work like magic. One of my favorite recipes for soup involves pouring boiling water over all the ingredients. So when I ran across Magic Peach Cobbler, I had to try it. I found variations on this recipe in Amish cooking, and lots of people claim a variation as their grandmother's favorite peach cobbler. Whatever the roots, it appears it has been around for a long time.
What makes it magic? You pour boiling water over the whole thing and via the magic of baking, it comes out as cobbler! The water magically transforms the dough and the peaches into exactly what they should be. It even leaves a little crunchy sugar on the top. Grandmas knew what was good!
Put on a pot of boiling water and slide your peaches in it for a couple of minutes to make peeling them soooo easy. You'll be amazed by how easily the peel slides off.
Magic Peach Cobbler
6-7 fresh peaches
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup boiling water
Lightly oil a 9 inch square baking tin and preheat over to 350.
Peel and slice the peaches. Sprinkle with lemon juice and turn once or twice.
Cream the butter with the sugar. Add the nutmeg, baking powder, and salt and beat well. Add the flour and beat. Add the vanilla and mix. The dough will be crumbly.
Mix the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup light brown sugar. Boil water.
Pour half the peaches into the baking pan. Crumble half the dough over top of them. Add the remaining peaches, and crumble the rest of the dough over top. Sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Pour the boiling water over the whole thing.
Bake at 350 for one hour.