June 29, 2009

Gluten-free Blueberry Peach Cobbler Recipe

As mentioned earlier, my friend Marge has celiac. During her visit, I was hoping to make something that was both appetizing and gluten-free. Frankly, I wasn't too optimistic, because my experience with gluten-free foods is that they tend to have a cardboard taste.

Fast forward to the grocery store, where I notice that blueberries and peaches are insanely cheap. The clouds part, rays of sun beam down at me, and a chorus of angels sings: Cobbler, Cobbler! Seriously. You had to be there.

My rationale for choosing cobbler was that a) cobbler is a fundamentally delicious dish, and that b) with all of the gooey, scrumptious fruit, a little cardboard taste would probably go unnoticed. So the idea for a gluten-free cobbler was born (and Marge-approved). After much deliberation, we chose Trader Joe's Gluten-free Waffle and Pancake mix to replace our flour, since it had a nice mix of several gluten-free flours, and some vanilla to boot.

As promised, I must share both my successes and my failures. The first batch of cobbler topping I made was a disaster, because I lost faith in the recommended portions (1 egg, 1 cup mix, 1/2 cup sugar) and added another egg. Big mistake--it turned into a gummy, stretchy, gloppy mess. The second batch (with the recommended portions and just a bit more patience) was perfect, though, as the pictures below will show.

Gluten-free Blueberry Peach Cobbler

  • One large container (roughly 2 cups) of blueberries (preferably fresh)
  • 8 peaches
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of gluten-free waffle mix (possible alternatives: almond flour, rice flour, etc.)
  • The juice of one half of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp of butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 375, and grease one large pie dish (or two small ones, in my case). Rinse blueberries, then arrange in dish.

2. Wash, peel, and roughly slice the peaches, then arrange them on top of the blueberry layer. Sprinkle the whole mixture with the lemon juice.

3. Lose faith in/patience with the recommended portions of egg, sugar, and flour replacement, and add another egg. Discover that you made a mistake. Make amends to cooking gods.

4. Follow suggested portions (1 egg, 1 cup flour replacement, 1/2 cup sugar) and arrive at perfection. Sprinkle over fruit, then drizzle with melted butter.

5. Use both mixtures, since you've vowed to be honest with your readers. Bake cobbler for 35 minutes until topping has browned and fruity has become divinely gloopy.

6. Serve to the Celiac Kid, and soak in her happy noises. Try some yourself. Realize that you are a culinary hero, the likes of which have never been seen. Even the "mess up" crust is pretty delish (see below).

The moral of this story? Gluten-free food can be really, really delicious. Not to mention pretty healthy; the levels of sugar and butter in this dish are fairly low, and it's packed with fruit. The other moral? Even mistakes in the kitchen can turn out pretty well.

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