Saturday, August 14, 2010

Southern Peach Cobbler

Last year, I discovered this recipe at a time when I had tons of peaches sitting around for the purpose of making baby food for Josh.  I decided to "steal" a few and try it out.  It was fantastic - too bad it was the tail end of peach season so I didn't get to make it again.  Well, peaches are coming in now so it is high time to make this cobbler :-)  Here's the recipe - enjoy!

6-8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and sliced into thin wedges
1/2 cup white sugar (divided)
1/2 cup brown sugar (divided)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter; chilled and cut into small pieces
1 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  To peel peaches, place them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes; remove and plunge into ice cold water.  Skins will generally slide right off or remove easily with a peeler.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstartch. Toss to coat evenly and pour into a 2 quart baking dish (I actually used an 8x8 pan).  Bake in preheated over for 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Stir in water until just combined.

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them.  Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. 

Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes

Enjoy :-)

Tips:  I forgot that when I made this last year, I was going to double the topping mix - there are a lot of peaches under there!!  As with any recipe, I always recommend trying it the orignal way first and than tweaking it to fit your tastes.

I will be buying more peaches at this week and making this a few more times before the season is done

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