Classic Peach Cobbler

Fruit filling: 2/3 cup (133g) granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 cups sliced ripe peaches – 1,125 to 1,350g (2 ½ to 3 pounds) fresh peaches Sweet cream dumplings: ¾ cup (105g) unbleached all purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons (28g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream demerara sugar, for sprinkling Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Lightly butter a 1- to 1 ½ quart (liter) ovenproof baking dish and place it on a sturdy baking sheet. In a mixing bowl, stir the granulated sugar, flour, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Add the peaches and toss gently to coat them with the sugar and spices. Scrape the peach mixture into the prepared baking dish. Make the sweet cream dumplings: in a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the butter and rub the ingredients together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour in the cream and mix lightly with a fork to form a soft dough (I needed to add 2 tablespoons of flour to the dough). Transfer it to a lightly floured surface and pat into a 1.25cm (½in) thick disk. Using a 5cm (2in) round cutter cut into individual biscuits, reworking the scraps once to make more biscuits. Arrange the biscuits on top of the peaches and sprinkle with demerara sugar. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until biscuits are golden and fruit is bubbly. Let the cobbler cool for 20 minutes before serving. Serve with cream or vanilla ice cream. Serves 4

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