Skillet cobblers are go-to recipes for me during the summer, when I don’t always want to run my oven for an extended period of time but I still want a delicious dessert. Even I don’t want to be in a hot kitchen baking during a heatwave! As the name suggests, the whole cobbler is made in a skillet on the stovetop. This Skillet Peach and Mango Cobbler is a great combination of rich peach and tropical mango, topped with a crisp topping that has both almonds and shredded coconut.
To make the skillet cobbler, you first combine the ingredients for the topping. The mixture comes together like a streusel and is then cooked in a large skillet, instead of being baked in the oven. You will need to keep an eye on the topping while it cooks, buttery mixture can go from toasted to burned if left unattended, but it only takes a couple of minutes for it to toast up in a hot pan. The mixture includes flour, rolled oats, almond flour (aka almond meal) and brown sugar, almond with some butter to bind everything together. I added untoasted shredded coconut at the end for its sweetness and chewy texture.
The filling is made by cooking peaches and mangos with sugar, as well as a bit of cornstarch to bind up the juices of the fresh fruit. Try to cut the fruit into evenly sized pieces so that everything takes the same amount of time to cook. The size of your fruits may vary (I’ve seen some pretty big peaches out there!), so just keep that in mind while you’re prepping your ingredients.
If you’re making this when fresh peaches or mango are out of season, this dish can also be made with frozen fruit. While fresh fruit is going to give you the best texture because the fruit tends to be a bit firmer after cooking, frozen fruit still makes a delicious cobbler. You can use frozen sliced peaches and sliced/cubed mango to make the dessert. The instructions are the same, you just might have a bit of extra liquid in the filling because frozen fruit tends to give off a bit more moisture than fresh. Frozen fruit will allow you to make this dessert all year round!
Skillet Peach and Mango Cobbler
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 tsp almond flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup shredded coconut
16 oz ripe peaches (approx 3 large)
16 oz ripe mango (approx 2-3 large)
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, oats, almond meal, brown sugar and salt. Pour in melted butter and stir with a fork until mixture resembles wet sand.
Preheat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add streusel mixture to skillet and cook, stirring regularly, until golden brown – about 5-8 minutes. Mixture will brown rapidly towards the end of the cooking time, so stir more frequently and remove from heat immediately to prevent it from burning if it turns dark brown. Transfer mixture to a tray to cool. When cool, stir in shredded coconut.
Peel peaches and remove pits, then cut each into 8-10 wedges. If peaches are very larger, cut the wedges in half cross-wise to make smaller pieces. Peel mangoes and cut fruit into chunks approximately the same size as the peach slices.
In a large bowl, combine fruit with sugar, cornstarch and salt, then fold with a spatula to combine.
Using the same skillet you used for the streusel, cook fruit mixture over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the fruit releases its juices and mixture begins to thicken, 7-10 minutes.
Divide fruit into individual serving bowls and generously top with streusel. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
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