There are quite a few version of this cobbler, but the first time I made it for my friend Mae, she instantly fell in love with it. It has lots of flavor. So I called it her quick & easy cobbler in my cookbook. She said she had finally found a cobbler that she loved, but could make it herself. Some people call it magic because the crust rises to the top. If you do not care for fruit cocktail just use all peaches,but it is so simple anyone can make it. Try it with ice cream or whipped topping. You will see what I mean about how flavorful it is & simple to make.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain peaches and fruit cocktail, reserving liquid from both. Place butter in a 2 quart rectangular dish, approximately 9" X 9".
Arrange fruit in butter, DO NOT STIR, Measure reserved liquid, and if needed add enough water to make 1 1/2 cups. In a bowl whisk together reserved 1 1/2 cups liquid, flour, 1 cup of sugar and vanilla. Pour mixture slowly over fruit; DO NOT STIR.
In a small bowl stir together 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over batter. Bake in preheated 350 degrees F. oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown around edges & bubbly. Serve warm with whipped topping or ice cream.