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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Druid's Cobbler Cake

This is my version of a Fruit Cobbler recipe I found on the Food.com website. Instead of having a thin crust over the top of the fruit, I make mine to be a lightly sweetened cake with little pieces of fruit that seemed to be floating around in the pillow-like softness of the cake. This can be made with almost any fruit you desire, but I will use peaches for the recipe here.

Peach Cobbler Cake:

Cake Batter:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 TSP Baking Powder
1 Egg
2/3 Cup Milk
1 TSP Honey
1/2 Cup Brown Cane Sugar
1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Salt

1: Use a paper towel to spread a thin layer of butter or shortening into the bottom of a deep 9x9 square baking dish (or a 9-inch round dish), and spread it out evenly. Personally, I melt the butter in the microwave and then just pour it into the dish. But you can use whatever technique works the best for you. You can also add a very light layer of flour if you discover the cakes are sticking badly.

2: Combine all the batter ingredients into a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer or a whisk, whip the batter for 10-15 minutes, or until it is smooth. Pour the mixed batter directly over the melted butter, spreading it out as evenly as possible.

Fruit:

4-5 Peaches, with pits removed (You can peel them if you wish, but I don't mind the peach skins)
1/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/4 Cup Brown Cane Sugar
1 TSP Nutmeg
1 TSP Allspice
1 TSP Ground Cloves
1 TBSP Butter

1: Slice up the peaches into roughly 1-inch wide cubes, and set aside.

2: Into a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine the walnuts, butter, and brown sugar. Cook until butter has melted and sugar evenly coats the walnuts. You can use any type of nut for this, as long as you keep the pieces small and the quantity roughly the same.

3: Add in the nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, and continue to cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring until walnuts are evenly covered with spices.

4: Pour in the peaches (or any fruit in an equivalent amount), and cook for 10-12 minutes, adding just a little water if the pan begins to dry out. You want to cook this until the peaches are heated and coated with the cooked spices and walnuts, but nothing is burned or charred.

5: Carefully spoon the fruit and nut mixture over the batter in the baking dish, covering the batter as evenly as possible.

6: Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the batter has risen to the top, and is golden brown.

Serve this cake, fresh from the oven, with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream and some whipped cream on top. You can even give it to a friend or family member as a gift, or use it as a new type of birthday cake. As stated before, you can use any fruit and any type of nuts for this recipe, as long as you keep the proportions roughly the same. This is a very simple cake that you can make and turn into something of your own.

~Bon App├ętit~

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