One of the best things of summer is the great variety of fruits. From berries to pears, from melons to plums… so many juicy, plump and delicious options to eat raw or cook with. Flat peaches, also known as donut peaches, are one of the delicacies summer has to offer. I thought they couldn’t be more delicious than eaten fresh, but when cooked, their flavour is enhanced, and when turned into a cobbler and accompanied with creamy ice cream, unrivalled. Peach cobbler is so easy to make that it’s one of those desserts you can put together when you need a special treat or to surprise your guests. A twist on the peaches and cream classic.
6 ripe peaches
Juice of one lemon
For the cobbler topping
100g gluten-free self-raising flour
50g caster sugar
a handful flaked almonds
vanilla ice cream, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 190C degrees/375F. Stone and slice the peaches and place them in an oven dish. Add the lemon juice and put them in the oven for 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile make the topping. With a wooden spoon, mix the flour, butter and sugar, without over-working it. Place in the fridge. Toast the flaked almonds by pouring them into a frying pan, heating to medium-high heat and stirring the pan frequently (about once every 30 seconds) to prevent them from burning.
3. Remove the dish of peaches from the oven and place dollops of the dough over the hot fruit. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream.