Monday, June 20, 2011

Word Confusion

I don't know about you but I always get confused about the differences between cobblers, buckles, crisps, etc.  There so so many.  This recipe is from an old Iowa church cookbook.  In my option those farmer's wives really know how to whip up some yummy treats. 

The loosest definition of the fruit cobbler is that it contains a bottom layer of fruit, topped with some type of pastry. More often, the fruit cobbler is topped with biscuit dough. The dough does not necessarily completely cover the fruit, but may be made into dumpling shapes, which are spaced evenly over the fruit. Others feel the fruit should be completely covered with biscuit dough.  The pictures I have seen of these lately just don't look all that appetizing to me.

A crisp typically has sliced fruit, frequently apple or cherries, is topped with a loose mixture of butter, flour, brown sugar and occasionally oats. The top turns a golden brown and presents a lovely contrast. Because this “crust” is fairly sweet, crisps work best with fruit that is slightly tart.

The buckle is yet another possible cobbler version and can be made in one of two ways. It either is a cake batter with fruit mixed in and then baked, or it can be a cake batter that is layered on the bottom of a pan and is topped with fruit before baking. It’s a cobbler in reverse, essentially, with cake instead of pastry.

There you have it. Got it.  Give me a few days, I will have to look up the definitions again.  I am pretty sure this one is much more of a buckle than a cobbler.  Regardless of the true name, the end result is delicious!

Quick Cobbler

Adapted from a very old Iowa church cookbook
Passed down from my mom

1 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 c. milk
1 stick butter
1 large can peaches with juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make a batter with flour, sugar, baking powder, and milk.

2. In a iron skillet, melt the butter.

3. Pour the batter in the skillet on top of butter and add the peaches on top. DO NOT STIR.

Bake 40 minutes. 



  1. Wow, that looks delicious and your pictures are great. I agree on the Farmers wives bit;-)))

  2. A delicious fruit dessert in a fraction of the time-that gets my vote. thanks for sharing.

  3. Looks good - I LOVE vintage cookbooks....I have a huge collection of them!

  4. wow good thing I can bake something on a skillet! you're right this is one of the easiest!

  5. I love Cobbler's. There is just something about them, and then you get to eat ice cream with it. Yours looks wonderful

  6. Looks wonderful! Love vintage cookbooks. I collect cookbooks, and read them like they are a novel.

  7. I always wondered the difference among all of those fruit desserts. Very helpful post!

  8. Can I tell you a secret? I've never heard of a buckle until this post. But...whatever this looks like it tastes absolutely decadnactly, dlicously. delightfully divine. thank you for the insight and intrigue..

  9. oh typos. my son..Max, banging on the keyboard...he's 15 months and my apologies.

  10. I don't know the difference! :) I just know that they all taste damn good! hehe
    I loooove a peach cobbler... yummo!

  11. I am a sucker for cobbler! I have been known to drive into the "sketchy part" of LA to go and get my cobbler craving satisfied. This looks de-lish!

  12. Peach cobbler is one of those things that I just cannot resist! Yours looks incredibly yummy!


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