Summer is coming on. Pretty soon, the last thing you’ll want to do is turn on the oven.
So how are you going to prepare a dessert without heating up the house?
Make it on the grill.
Creative cooks have come up with all kinds of ways to prepare sweet treats outdoors, and their ideas expand beyond the predictable (but always-appreciated) s’more.
You’d be amazed how good fruit tastes when the flames caramelize the natural sugars inside them. Peaches, pineapple and watermelon are particularly complemented by flames.
You’d also be amazed how effective a good grill can be at baking things, including biscuits on top of peach cobbler.
Grilled Peach Cobbler
From Southern Living.
7 cups 1/2-inch fresh peach slices or 2 (20-ounce) bags frozen sliced peaches, thawed and drained
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup butter, melted
Heat one side of grill to medium-high (350 to 400 degrees). Place peaches in a large bowl. Stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a small bowl. Sprinkle over peaches and stir gently to combine. Spoon into a buttered 10-inch cast-iron skillet. Cut 2 tablespoons butter into small pieces over peaches. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
Place skillet over hot side of grill and grill, covered, until bubbling and hot, about 15 minutes.
Biscuit topping: Stir together flour, sugar and baking powder in a small bowl. Make a well in the center and add cream and melted butter. Stir just until mixture comes together. Uncover grill and discard foil; dollop peaches with dough mixture. Cover with grill lid and grill until biscuits are browned, about 15 minutes longer.
Remove skillet from grill and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings.