mini peach cobblers...yes, please!
So I bought a little something. A few little somethings...some would say that they aren't very practical and since you guys all know that I have a small place, I have to be very pragmatic in what I buy due to limited storage. But ya'll. These were so dang cute that it was almost impossible not to buy them. These mini cast iron pans are 3.5" in diameter and turns out they are small enough to fit in the air fryer! How cute would these be served to your guest individually or as part of a dessert display?? The bonus is that they can also be refrigerated or frozen. Then when you are craving a small sweet, BAM - put them in the air fryer when you are ready and you have an amazing dessert for 1 or 2 in absolutely no time. I mean, the possibilities are pretty endless!
I picked up these amazing peaches at the farmer's market so I knew that I wanted to make a peach cobbler. I had made them at my sister's in Charlotte and it was such a hit that I knew that I wanted to make it again. Turns out that I was invited to a dinner and it was the perfect thing for me to bring. As I was making it, I (of course) had to portion a bit of it out to test out my new itty bitty cast iron pans. So the recipe that I will be posting is for the full peach cobbler. Afterwards I will post what I did to adapt it to the air fryer for these cuties!
It starts with amazing, ripe and juicy peaches.
Okay, so I will be honest. The last time that I made this, my sister was the one who peeled and cut all the peaches. She doesn't really cook or bake but she loves when we make homemade food together when I am visiting and she always ends up being the "Sous Chef". Her pet peeve is that when everything is said and done and everyone is praising the food, she gets overlooked because the "Chef" gets all the credit. I always thought that she was being dramatic until I had to peel all these peaches and almost cut my hand (several times) cutting them from their pits. Holy guacamole...it wasn't easy! So, to my sister, I say...you are very much appreciated and totally deserve your due credit!
By the way, aren't the peaches gorgeous?? I absolutely love fresh fruit! Peaches in general are so delicious...you can simply grill them and drizzle them with a balsamic glaze and some tangy goat cheese. Yum! But back to the peach cobbler...
(This made enough for 8 to 10 people so you could definitely cut this in half if you wanted. However, leftover cobbler is amazing!)
8 fresh peaches
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp cornstarch
For Cobbler Topping:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
12 Tbls unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup boiling water
sugar, for crust top
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cobbler filling together thoroughly so everything is coated.
Pour into a 2 quart baking dish and bake for 10 minutes uncovered.
While the peaches are baking, in a large bowl, combine the flour, both sugars, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry cutter or a fork and cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. All of this can be done in a large food processor. Pulse a few times to cut in the butter.
Stir in the hot water until just combined.
Remove peaches from the oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them and sprinkle the sugar on top to create a crust.
Set your baking dish on a baking sheet and bake until topping is golden, approximately 30 minutes.
Let the cobbler sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes as it will be piping hot!
Scoop onto a plate/bowl and always top with vanilla bean ice cream for the extra yum!
I mean, how adorable are these!?! This is what I did to make 2. You could certainly make as many as you wanted. You could even halves the recipe above to make just these instead...maybe cut the peaches smaller to fit more in each pan.
Mini Air Fryer Version
Fill each of the mini cast iron pans with the peaches mixture, filling them 3/4 of the way - approximately 3 tablespoons each.
Put the mini cast iron pans in the basket of the air fryer. Heat at 380F for 3 minutes.
Once done, carefully put a large dollop of the cobbler topping so that it covers all of the peaches. Smooth out the topping and sprinkle with sugar.
Cook in the air fryer for an additional 5 minutes. Check to make sure the topping has baked fully. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to add a couple of minutes.
Carefully take out the cast iron pans with oven mitts as they will be hot.
Put on a platter and top with a spoonful of vanilla bean ice cream!
The perfect single treat - or in my case, double the fun!
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