Monday, August 15, 2011

Southern Peach Cobbler

While on vacation in North Carolina we went to a U-pick orchard and picked peaches. Let me tell you these were the best tasting peaches I've ever had, the only problem with them was they weren't ripe yet. We had to let them sit on the counter for 4 days before being able to use them, my kids were going crazy. Finally the peaches were ready and we were able to enjoy fresh peach cobbler while sitting in our rented cabin in the woods, perfect! What a simple and easy recipe to make.

8 fresh Peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
1/4 c White Sugar
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Lemon Juice
2 tsp Cornstarch

Topping Ingredients
1 c Flour
1/4 c White Sugar
1/4 c Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
6 TBSP Unsalted Butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/4 C Boiling Water

Mix Together 
3 TBSP White Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon

To get peaches ready to be peeled you first need to quickly boil them. Start with a large pot of boiling water, carefully place peaches into boiling water and let sit for about a minute. Next place them in a bowl full of ice water. Let them sit until cool and the skins will peel much easier.

Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl, combine peaches, white sugar, brown sugar. cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, 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. 
(I didn't use full 1/4 c water)

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes. 

Hand picked North Carolina peaches, doesn't get any better
than this!
Peaches, boiling water and ice bath

Place peaches carefully in water
Let boil for 1 minute
Place in ice bath until ready to use
Fresh handpicked peaches are the best!
Use a paring knife to remove skin
Slice and set aside
Mix together ingredients to mix with peaches
Pour over peaches and mix together, add to a 2 quart dish and bake for 10 minutes
Mix flour, sugar and butter mixture to make the 'crust'
Once you add boiling water it turns into more of a recognizable topping :)
Drop by spoonfuls over partially cooked peaches
Add cinnamon/sugar mixture to top and return to oven

The smell as it bakes is so aromatic, reminds me of Sunday nights
from my childhood
Serve while hot with Vanilla Ice Cream


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