Sweet, summery and Southern, peach cobbler is certainly both one of the finest desserts ever invented as well as one of the easiest to make in large volumes. If you are planning a wedding, birthday or retirement party or simply a large summer gathering, and wish to eschew the simple cake and ice cream dessert formula, consider making a large volume of peach cobbler. This recipe may be especially useful for those with particularly prolific peach trees in their backyards.
Peel, pit and slice the peaches.
Place the sliced peaches in the large pot with the vanilla extract, 1 1/4 sticks of the butter, 5 cups of the agave nectar (or 7 1/2 cups of the sugar). Stir. Place this mixture over medium heat until it comes to a bubble. Allow it to bubble briefly, then remove it from the heat and set it aside.
Distribute the remaining butter amongst the baking pans, 1/2 stick of butter per pan. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Place the first pan (or two, if you have a large oven) into the oven to preheat. Keep an eye on it during the next step to ensure that the butter does not burn. If you see it beginning to brown, remove the pan from the oven.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in the large bowl. Add the milk, the rest of the agave nectar or sugar, and the canola oil. Whisk until the mixture reaches the consistency of cake batter. If necessary, split the recipe into halves or fourths at a time.
If you haven't already done so, remove the preheating pan from the oven. Pour 1/10 of the batter (per pan) onto the melting butter. Spread the batter out evenly over the bottom of the pan -- it should be a half-inch to an inch thick.
Pour 1/10 of the peach filling onto the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the peaches and the batter.
Bake the cobbler for about 45 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the top is slightly caramelized and the crust is golden brown.
Repeat Steps 4, 6, 7 and 8 until all 10 pans are filled with peach cobbler and baked to perfection.
Place the peach cobbler in warming trays.
Distribute the 10 cobblers amongst 100 bowls or paper plates. If desired, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of each one.
Distribute the 100 servings amongst your guests.