The Perfect Way To Enjoy Fresh Peaches Now
Peach cobbler is the quintessential dessert of late summer. Nothing can match the flavor of a perfectly ripened peach—the juices-running-down-your-chin kind of peaches, the glorious fruit whose color is its name, peach. A fresh ripe peach is a treat in itself, but when you want something more, try this quick and easy peach cobbler!
This peach cobbler is so elegant in its simplicity. The dessert stars fresh, perfectly ripened peaches sliced into a baking dish and sprinkled ever so lightly with brown sugar. All that’s left to do is to spread a dry vanilla cake mix evenly over the fruit and dot the entire surface generously with thin pats of butter.
Pop it in the oven and let the peaches release their amazing juice. The butter and cake mix combine to make a tender crust with a slightly crispy top. While it’s still a little warm, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have bliss in a bowl. ❤
Fascinating Tidbits From The Surprising History Of Peaches
Peaches have been around a lot longer than we might think! I discovered some very delicious tidbits about the antiquity and importance of peaches!
Peaches originated in China. Scientists have discovered fossilized peach pits that appear to be from 6000 BC! Archaeologists believe the land along the Yangzi River was the first place peaches were domesticated.
The ancient Chinese believed that peach blossoms could dispel evil spirits and provide vitality. Emperors, when traveling, engaged soldiers carrying peach blossoms to protect them. All over China, the people hung peach blossoms on their front doors to welcome the new year.
China is still the world’s leading peach producer.
Peaches are part of the huge Rosaceae botanical family with some 2800 species of plants. Fruit-bearing trees in the rose family include apples, pears, plums, cherries, apricots, and almonds. Blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all members of the Rosacea family, too. (Just wondering, does that make it a fruity, nutty family?)
Over the centuries, other countries began to cultivate peaches. Spanish explorers brought the first peaches to South America in the 16th century. From there, peach cultivation spread to England, where peaches became a rare and prized delicacy. Queen Victoria’s favorite treat was a fresh peach after dinner, served in a fancy cotton napkin.
English colonists brought peaches to America in the early 17th century. Thomas Jefferson planted peach trees at his estate, Monticello, in 1768, but it took another 100 years for peaches to be commercially grown in the United States.
Today, the top peach-producing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey. I used Colorado peaches, and they were insanely huge and delicious!
Peaches Are Super Good For Your Health Too
Here’s what you get from one gloriously ripe peach. One medium peach has about 50 calories, no cholesterol, and no sodium. It provides 6% of your daily vitamin A needs and 15% of your daily vitamin C needs. You’ll also benefit from vitamins E and K, niacin, folate, iron, choline, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and copper.
Do your body a favor; eat more fruit! Federal guidelines suggest adults should eat about 1 1/2 to two cups of fruit per day, while the American Heart Association recommends four to five servings. Less than ten percent of adults in America meet these guidelines.
You Only Need 4 Ingredients To Make The Easiest Peach Cobbler Ever
Peel and slice about five or six cups of fresh peaches into a sprayed or greased 13″ x 9″ baking pan. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of brown sugar evenly over the fruit.
Now spread a whole box of dry vanilla cake mix over all the peaches. You can use yellow cake, too, if that’s what you have on the shelf! Finally, slice 3/4 cup of butter (real butter, please) into thin pats and dot the pats all over the dry cake mix—boom, peach cobbler, ready to pop into a 350-degree oven.
Bake it for about forty or forty-five minutes. It should be a medium golden brown when done. Keep an eye on it towards the end of the baking time so it doesn’t get too brown. All ovens are different. Next time I make this, I may add some sliced almonds on top. I bet I’d enjoy the added crunch!
- 5 to 6 cups fresh ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
- One vanilla cake mix, dry, right from the box
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cups butter cut into very thin slices
- Peel and slice about five or six cups of fresh peaches into a sprayed or greased 13" x 9" baking pan.
- Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of brown sugar evenly over the fruit.
- Now spread a whole box of dry vanilla cake mix over all the peaches. ( You can use a yellow cake mix, too, if that's what you have on the pantry shelf!)
- Slice 3/4 cup of butter (One and one-half sticks of real butter, please) into thin pats and dot the pats all over the dry cake mix.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
- Boom, peach cobbler, ready to pop into a 350-degree oven.
- Cool a bit and serve with a scoop of the best vanilla ice cream you can buy!
How do you like to eat peaches? Peach crisp? Peach pie? Peach ice cream? Peaches also pair extremely well with pork chops and marry surprisingly well with tomatoes on a salad, too. While they are this perfect and plentiful, I hope you’ll find a way to have some every day!
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