As I write this, John Mayer is blasting in my ears and I'm riding the subway, a typical routine that I have adopted for the past 3 1/2 years. I know this route with eyes closed and open, in the heat of the summer and frozen ice storms of the winter. I know the way the subway sways on certain curves, forcing me to grab onto the often times warm and germ infested pole. I know when John Mayer will stop playing when we go underground.
But even in traveling a familiar train route and playing song I've heard a thousand times, I'm not the same person I was 3 1/2 years ago, or 6 months ago for that matter. So many micro-changes happen so subtly without us even knowing it until one day we wake up and realize we're not the people we once knew, for good or bad (hopefully good!). And that's the point, isn't it?
So how does this relate to peach cobbler? It's much like the train ride, I suppose. The ingredients are routine, familiar. Maple syrup, walnuts, peaches. The tools are the same. Blender, oven, baking dish. But if put together in a certain way, if micro-changed, it turns into a dish unrecognizable from its original form. For good or bad (hopefully good!). Original recipe from this site!
- 2 pounds peaches, chopped
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (for filling)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (for crumble)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine peaches, 1/4 cup maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla in large saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir until it comes to a boil, then turn down heat to low until the peaches become soft (but not too mushy). Turn off heat once the sauce thickens and set aside.
- Place walnuts and coconut in blender until combined (grainy in texture).
- Add coconut oil and 2 tbsp of maple syrup to the ground mixture and blend until it becomes more sticky in texture.
- Pour peaches and sauce into baking dish (9x9 preferred, but really use any size).
- Crumble the walnut mixture on top until fully coated.
- Bake for about 10-15 minutes, enough to crisp the top crumble without burning it.
- Eat and enjoy!
Make this deliciousness when you need a reminder of how much you've progressed as a human, how much you've micro-changed and grown, and how much more you can still learn. Also make this when you really just need some dessert.