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One of the things I have so looked forward to since I moved to Georgia eight years ago is each season. There is nothing quite like a fresh Georgia Peach in season. I like eat them them just as they are. Sometimes I will grill them with ice cream, but my favorite is a warm peach cobbler.
I started making peach cobbler a few summers ago and have been tweaking the recipe ever since. This past weekend I hit the jackpot when I took the recipe that we loved and threw it onto my Vision grill and smoked it over a little pecan wood.
In Georgia pecans are also a favorite so pecan smoke and peaches go hand in hand in my opinion.The fresh peaches combined with the ever so slight smoked flavor of the Woodford Reserve and just a hint of Pecan smoke tied it all together and made for a delightful desert.
This Peach Cobbler Is Summer In A Skillet
Start by Peeling and slicing up 4 or 5 peaches, about 4 cups. This is really the most time consuming step in the entire recipe. Place the Peaches into a skillet over medium heat. To this add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup of your favorite bourbon, I used Woodford Reserve, because that is what I like to sip.
Bring this to a boil, reduce the heat and allow to cook for about 10 minutes so that the sugar will combine and some of the alcohol will burn off. Turn off the heat and put together the topping. You can do this step on the grill as well, I usually do it inside while the charcoal is coming up to temp.
To make the topping, and it couldn’t be any simpler than this, take the cast iron skillet and put it on the grill to preheat. Toss in 1 stick of butter into the skillet and let it melt.
While it’s melting in a bowl combine 1 cup of all purpose flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, an 1/4 of a cup of warm milk. Mix well to combine all of the ingredients.
Once the butter has melted sprinkle the topping right into the butter. DO NOT STIR. Then dump the peach cobbler filling mixture onto the topping, yes you read that correctly the filling goes onto the topping. Again do not stir.
The finishing touch is to combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle onto the peaches. Close the top of the grill and smoke for 30 to 35 minutes.
Do I Have To Use Fresh Peaches?
No, you can make peach cobbler with frozen or canned peaches. This recipe tastes a lot better with those fresh summer peaches. I get mine at the local farmers market here in Alpharetta, GA from The Peach Truck. Here is the link to their website, http://thepeachtruck.com, (this is not an endorsed link, just a product I really love). They are based out of GA but deliver all over the Country.
What Type Of Pan Should I Use?
I prefer to use my good old Lodge 8 inch cast iron skillet. You can use any 8X8 inch pan that is safe for the grill.
Do I Have To Make This On A Grill?
No you don’t. You do however loose the hint of the Pecan smoke which gives this recipe its unique flavor. You can absolutely make this in the oven. I have even made it in a cast iron dutch oven when we camped out in the woods.
Can I Leave Out The Bourbon?
Yes, but why,? I’m just kidding, again it does change the flavor, but if you are concerned about the alcohol just leave it out. All of the alcohol does not necessarily cook off in this recipe.