I used 6-inch skillets that I found at Cracker Barrel for Patriotic Berry Skillet Cobbler. My hubby is a fan of more topping-to-fruit ratio, which the smaller skillets are ideal for since they’re not as deep as a regular size skillet, and you can enjoy your own generous serving of crumble or cobbler!
The bourbon in this recipe adds a depth of flavor, vanilla, caramel and oak, rather than booziness to the fruit.
This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of bourbon (2 ounces) so a mini bottle is just the right amount if you don’t have any in your liquor cabinet or on your nightstand :) You can substitute orange juice for an alcohol free alternative but the bourbon is the magic ingredient in the crumble!
*1/4 cup sugar (you may need to add more depending on the sweetness of your peaches and tartness of your blueberries)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the peaches, blueberries, bourbon, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Mix well to coat the peaches and blueberries and set aside.
In a second large bowl, make the topping by combining the flour, oats, sugar and salt. Add the cold butter cubes and cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or pulse dry ingredients with butter together in a food processor. Mix until the texture is coarse and holds together in clumps in your palm when you give it a squeeze. Add heavy cream and mix just until the dough comes together a bit more.
Pour the filling into a 12-inch cast-iron skillet (I used two 6-inch skillets), then spoon the topping mixture evenly over the filling. I had enough topping left over for another 6-inch skillet that I saved and tossed in the freezer.
Place skillet(s) onto a baking sheet to keep oven clean and to catch any fruit that bubbles over (mine did). Bake crumble uncovered in a 375 degrees F oven, 30 to 40 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling around the edges and the topping is golden in color.
The peach & blueberry filling is not overly sweet so it’s perfect served with vanilla ice cream!