In my life, I’ve found that a lot of mistakes, or let’s call them odd choices, have seemed to be no-remedy horrible in immediacy but have then turned out to be altogether good in the end. Case in point: obtaining a college degree in education, when I never intended on teaching, forced me afterwards to pursue writing with intensity, to freelance for tiny newspapers, to go back to school, to earn a master’s degree I never would’ve gone for if I hadn’t needed to. The degree got me more opportunities than I’d have found with a bachelor’s in journalism; the opportunities, my current job; and, there you have it: in the end, an odd choice of major led me to do the very thing I love.

I’d like to think that same serendipity was at work when, baking Molly’s lemon sables last week, I confused ingredients, adding sugar, not flour, to a small bowl with baking powder, then partially adding that mixture to the butter, eggs and confectioner’s sugar. I did realize this odd choice in time to remove most of the extra sugar, but not in time to avoid changing the entire recipe and to use up the then-1.5 cups of sugar/baking powder mix I was left with. The sables survived, evolving into a lemony sugar cookie instead, which I brought to work the next day and saw disappear by the next night.

Bringing it to a boil

But the 1.5 cups of sugar/baking powder, however, I was stuck with. What does one do with a bowl of perfectly good sugar, mixed with a bit of baking powder?

I turned to Google. Did you know it will let you put in your ingredients and then show you what recipes will use them?

And that, friends, is the story of how I found the following recipe, which would let me use the mixture, plus a box of peaches I already had and was happy to bake, ala Brian Callahan, to whom I owe my thanks. He calls it the World’s Best Peach Cobbler. I call it delicious.

Before putting it in the oven

Here you go: his best, my first, the serendipitous peach cobbler, adapted from a recipe by Brian Callahan:

Peach Cobbler
Adapted from Brian Callahan

6 cups sliced peaches
1 Cup Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Pinch Salt
1 Cup Milk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Half a cup (1 stick) unsalted, melted butter
A bit of cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Pour the melted butter into a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, the baking powder and the salt. Mix well. Stir in the milk, mixing until just combined. Pour this batter over the butter but do not stir them together.

In a medium or large saucepan, combine the peaches, the lemon juice and the remaining cup of sugar and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Pour the peaches over the batter but do not stir them together. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg on top, if desired.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the top is goldeny brown. Serve warm or cold.

finished cobbler

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Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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  2. damaris

    This looks really good. I will have to test it out.

  3. Bob

    Fascinating. I’ll subscribe on your RSS. How much time did you write a post?

  4. Shannalee

    Thanks, Damaris! It’s SO easy, I can hardly stand it.

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  6. Taylor

    I did love it, and so did everyone else. I told my grandma about it and she insisted on giving me more peaches so I could make one for her Sunday lunch with my family! Thanks!

  7. Shannalee

    Yay! Thanks for updating me, Taylor – so glad you liked it!

  8. James J.

    I just made this and it is really good ! I used sugar subtitute and it tasted great ! I will try making it with half brown sugar next time.

  9. Shannalee

    James, I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for checking in here to let me know!

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