Monday, July 29, 2013

Southern Peach Cobbler

  One thing about living in my house is that there are five seasons: Spring, Summer, Peach season, and Fall. And it is Peach season right now! There is a time right between Summer and Fall where all the fruit ripens, but peaches tend to overtake any of the other fruits produced on my "mini" farm. And then we get too many peaches, and don't have enough recipes to use them all! During Peach season we have buckets all around the house just filled with peaches ready to be used. And we can never use them all, even when we give them away! This is also the time of year where we eat peaches with almost everything, and all the peaches we dont use go to the chickens. Even then we can't get rid of them fast enough!
   So what do I do? I go on Pinterest and find recipes where I can use peaches. And, surprisingly, most of the peach recipes are pies or cobblers, with the occasional peach smoothie or peach ice cream. This time I found a peach cobbler that looked pretty tasty, and adapted the recipe from the original recipe found here. And man is it amazing!! The whole family will love this recipe, and it is one that will be made until we are sick of it! I have even taken this recipe to share with other families too, and even they loved it. So, if you experience Peach season in your household like I do, this will definitely be a recipe to try! This recipe is as easy as 1-2-3! And (as a bonus) this recipe makes the house smell absolutely wonderful.

First you will need some ripe peaches! I would recommend 4-8 peaches depending on the size. These beauties came off a dwarf peach tree in my backyard! We would have left them on to ripen longer, except KD kept tearing them off and eating them as a snack. Everyone loves their peaches in this family!

Then you are going to want to dice up your peaches. You can also cut them into slices, whatever your preference might be. Don't forget to de-skin them too, nothing is more unpleasant then trying to bite into your cobbler just to find a nasty skin.

   Then you will toss your peaches in a very large bowl with all the ingredients in part one. And yes, you will need a very very large bowl, since you will have a lot of peaches. Then pour that whole mixture into a 2 quart pan, and bake for 10 minutes.
   While your peaches are cooking, it's time to make your topping. Stir the dry ingredients together, then mix in the butter, and then save the water to add in last. When your peaches are done, coat them in the topping right away. Try to spread it out as much as possible, but it's not a big deal if you can't.

And then bake your whole confection for 30 minutes. If it is not done by then, then bake it until it has a nice golden brown color to it. Sprinkle some cinnamon-sugar on top, and then you are ready to go! This is definitely best served warm, but it tastes just as good either way.


Part One (Peaches)
4-8 Peaches, peeled and diced
1/4 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Cornstarch

Part Two (Topping)
1 cup Flour
1/4 cup White Sugar
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
6 tablespoons Butter, soft and cut into pieces
1/4 cup Boiling Water

Part Three (Cinnamon-Sugar)
3 tablespoons White Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1. Preheat over to 400 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, combine peaches with the rest of part one in a large bowl and mix until the peaches are well coated. Pour into a 2 quart baking dish (un-greased) and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
3. In a different bowl, combine all the dry ingredients in part two. Then blend in the butter until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the water until just combined.
4. Drop spoonfuls of the topping over the peaches while still hot. Try and cover the peaches as much as possible. Then, sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar before replacing peaches in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top has a nice golden-brown color.

note: This is best served warm! It can be heated in the microwave, and be kept for up to a week(if it doesn't get eaten within the first few days)

Have you tried this recipe? Tell me down below in the comments!