Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler from Smoque BBQ.Matt Taylor-Gross

Barry Sorkin from Smoque has a bold claim about their peach cobbler. "It's kind of like a fruit cup. You could almost argue it's breakfast food if you want." A roasted almond streusel on top adds a complex nutty complement, and hey, you might as well eat it for breakfast.

Peach Cobbler
Loaded with peaches baked with a light syrup and topped with a roasted almond streusel.
Yield: serves 6
Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

For the Peach Filling:

  • 3 lb. fresh or thawed frozen peaches, chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 12 cup sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 12 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 34 cup all-purpose flour
  • 34 cup (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 12 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 12 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 34 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add the peaches, sugar, almond extract, and cinnamon, and stir to coat. Set aside.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the butter into the dry ingredients until only small pea-sized crumbs remain. (Work quickly so the butter stays cold.) Add the almonds and toss once more to distribute. Refrigerate until ready to bake.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°. Fill six 4-oz. ramekins with the peach filling, mounding it over the rim of the ramekin, as the peaches will shrink significantly in the oven. Top with a generous handful of the crisp topping.
  4. Transfer the ramekins to a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake until the peaches are juicy and the topping is golden brown and crisp, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove and let cool before serving.
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