Don't get the cobbler at Highpockety Ox Restaurant in Boonville. Unless you enjoy disappointment. They break the rules and serve it cold, from the fridge. The fruit on a recent tasting was more like poached peaches that were far too firm. It was all wrong, wrong, wrong. The cold temperature and texture made me grumpy, and I only had a few bites. I asked the bartender (our server) if they always served the cobbler cold and he said, "Yes." Heresy!
Cobbler should usually offer warm, fruity, homey sweetness. It is a baked, deep dish fruit concoction with a biscuit or crust topping, sometimes sprinkled with sugar, and served with vanilla ice cream or creme fraiche. The best part of a cobbler is the melded flavors and textures of warm fruit mixed with the dough. Berry cobblers can be especially nice to look at, because the fruit seeps into the dough in varying shades of red, pink, and purple. Although this week is busy, the cobbler cold experience is in my thoughts. I am determined to make a peach cobbler at home soon, so I can taste one that is correctly made.