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Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure

Peach Cobbler- A Lesson in Failure


We have a beautiful farm near us who has a multitude of peaches, veggies and apples in the Fall!

Peaches ripe for the picking!!
While we’re waiting on Apple Season, (Fastly approaching to my disdain. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE apples. It just means Winter is coming and I hate the cold!!) we decided to go peach picking! Evie and I had the weekend to ourselves while my husband was away at a bachelor party. We invited our good friends and set off to go play in the peach trees!

The idea was to collect enough peaches to make peach cobbler. We ended up with 11 or so peaches(did not use that many!) A little under ripe so we needed to wait a few days until they were almost ripe.

Bowl of ripe peaches
Ready for Cobbler!
When we finally decided on making the cobbler it was mostly spontaneous, we had all the ingredients on hand, or so I thought!!

Turns out, All Purpose flour isn’t the same as Self rising flour, and I KNEW THAT. But in a rush to get it together I didn’t compensate for the “rising” and we ended up with a very flat very dense cobbler instead of a nice bready cobbler. It still tasted good! But definitely NOT cobbler.

By adding baking powder and salt to your AP flour you can make it self rising.

For every one cup of flour you add:

1 1/2 tsp of baking powder and 1/2 tsp of salt.


I used Paula Deen’s recipe from Food Network: Peach Cobbler

We peeled and sliced the peaches. A few of them were somewhat ripe so the peel was easy to pull of, others we used a peeler.


Evie peeling peach
Pulling off the peach skins

Evie measuring sugar
Evie measuring the sugar
Next we measured out all our ingredients we needed.

Don’t forget to compensate for the self rising flour if you’re using AP flour!

For this recipe it should be: for 1 1/2 cups of flour you’ll need 2 1/4 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp salt.

Evie looking over bowl of peaches
All sliced up and ready to go!

Evie cooking peaches on stove
Cooking up the Peach mixture
Definitely, DEFINITELY, supervise you children near a hot stove!! Evie loves being able to help and I’m usually reluctant to put her near a hot stove but if I never did, how would she ever learn?

She is so good about being careful so I don’t worry too much about it!

We then set the peaches aside, as we combined the rest of the ingredients together and put it in the baking dish.

Next, we arranged the peach mixture on top and put it into the oven to bake.

Now, using our AP flour and no rising agent it took FOREVER to bake through. I don’t even want to tell you how long before it looked “set”

Okay, like an hour and a half. That is way too long. I realized something was up after that.

A big DUH moment if I ever had one.

REMEMBER, when using AP Flour in place of Self Rising flour, you NEED to add baking powder and salt in order for your dish to rise.

Please don’t make my mistake!!

We’re gonna make this again and next time I’m buying self rising flour!

As you can see, total fail. But all was not lost. It tasted good at least!

We had also made a mixture of butter and brown sugar to sprinkle on top but because the mixture wouldn’t rise it kind of melted on the top.

Evie thought that was the best part!

Really I did too, the peaches floated on top, covered by our brown sugar mixture. The bottom was just too too dense to eat a lot of!


So for next time, compensate for the self rising flour when all you have is AP flour!


Lesson learned!