Road Test Kitchen #3: Rachel's Palisade Peach Cobbler

We're sure that you must be familiar with the age old adage, "If life gives you peaches, make peach cobbler?"

Well, James and Rachel gave us fresh peaches from the farm and that's just what we did!

4 large peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup rolled oats
1 stick butter
Brown Sugar
Cinnamon, ground

This is actually Rachel's recipe that she quickly orated from beneath the fruit laden orchard branches as we jotted the instructions down quickly on our mental note-tabs.

Rachel's recipe is one of the easiest we've ever made with a huge payoff in deliciousness. It's also one of the messiest. Peeling and slicing peaches is not for the faint of heart. It's basically like cutting up giant slime-balls that smell really good. It's weird.

Before we go any further, this is also one of the most sugar-filled recipes we've ever made. So if you're doing like a Paleo thing or something, just look away now.

Once you've peeled and thinly sliced your peaches (and are likely up to your wrists in peach slime), layer all of the peach slices into a cast iron skillet. Sprinkle two pinches of brown sugar and a dash of ground cinnamon on top of the peaches and then set over medium heat on the stovetop.

While the peaches are on the stovetop, you can work on the cobbler topping. Put a softened stick of butter into a bowl and then cover with oats (this will be about a cup of oats).

Mix it up really well with a wooden spoon or spatula. It's going to start clumping up a little which is good. Essentially, what we're going for here is like a wet papier-mache consistency that will hopefully give you nice memories of making the solar system in fifth grade. 

Slowly, in pinches, add flour to the bowl while still mixing. After 2-4 pinches of flour, the mixture will clump up even more and then you can stop adding flour. Now it will be like a thick, oatsy goop.

Add MORE SUGAR!!! Sprinkle it all over the top of everything. And three hearty dashes of cinnamon. Mix it all up!

Then spread your topping over the peaches. We took ours off the heat to do so in this photo, just to make it easier.

Put a couple peach slices on top for a nice decorative touch. Then - yes, we're going to say it - sprinkle more brown sugar all over the top. This top layer of brown sugar will melt and caramelize into little crusty bits of burnt goodness on the top of the cobbler.

Into the oven the whole thing goes! Set the oven for 325' and cook for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream!  It's really, really yummy. And we promise that it doesn't taste like slime or papier-mache. But it does taste like the solar system. It also tastes like cinnamon and toasted sugar and fresh peaches and crunchy goodness.