It’s easy to end up with basketfuls of fruit in the Summertime and there are so many fun things to do with them, especially a pile of juicy peaches! My favorite, having grown up in Seattle among the blackberry bushes, is to make a cobbler. My mother always made a classic blackberry filling with a crispy, crunchy cinnamon streusel topping that was TO DIE FOR, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on top. However, I wanted to do a more cakey variation since I has never experimented with the crust of the cakier cobblers. I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my STREUSEL though, because it was always my favorite part, so I decided to make a cakey/streusel hybrid and DELICIOUSNESS ENSUED!
We used a basic cobbler recipe and turned it vegan by substituting Earth Balance for butter and vanilla almond milk for dairy milk. It turned out DELICIOUS but quite sweet due to the additional sugar from the sweetened milk and our peaches being much sweeter than sour. It is a good idea to taste your fruit before baking with it since the flavors can be so unique and sometimes need more or less sweetening. I have tweaked our recipe a bit to rid it of the excess sweetness and assure you this recipe is ripe with SUCCESS.
What you’ll need:
6 cups freshly sliced peaches (we added a spatter of shredded coconut to this which was really fucking delicious, you could also add berries or ginger GO CRAZY!)
1 cup of sugar for the fruit, 1 cup for the batter, 3 tbs for the streusel
1/2 cup water (we used the almond milk but it was a bit sweet, though if your fruit is more sour I say use it cause it’s delicious)
8 tbs Earth Balance for the pan, 2 tbs for the streusel
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour (which is just regular flour mixed with 2 1/4 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp salt)
3 tbs flour for the streusel
2 tsp salt for the streusel
1 1/2 almond milk (we used vanilla but you can use plain)
1 1/4 tbs cinnamon for the steusel
4 tbs almond meal for the streusel (you can get this at Trader Joe’s for cheap)
4 tbs oats for the streusel
Heat your oven to 350 and set the cube of Earth Balance in your big ol casserole dish. Set your sliced peaches, sugar and water (or almond milk) in a saucepan until they boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes and set them aside. Put your butter boat in the oven to melt.
Now you can quickly make your streusel which is just equal parts flour and sugar (3 tbs each) with a good amount of cinnamon, some salt, 4 tbs almond meal, 4 tbs oats all mushed together with more Earth Balance. It should have a crumbly consistency and not stick too much, if it is still sticky you can add more flour and sugar. Set this aside for the topping.
Mix sugar & flour with milk very slowly to avoid clumps (you can add some cinnamon to this, it is up to you) and then pour it into the melted butter but don’t mix it in. Spoon the fruit and its syrup in by hand and just let it sit however it falls. Top with your delectable almond meal cinnamon oat streusel sprinkled generously and somewhat evenly. Bake for 30-45 minutes and show off to all your friends.