As you may have noticed on my blog, I love me some peaches. Nothing says summer more to me than that sweet smell of a bowl of ripening peaches sitting on my kitchen counter. To me it's bliss, and conjures up such feelings of nostalgia. It reminds me of my mother's kitchen and my grandmother's kitchen who also had bowls of ripening peaches every summer. It also reminds me of farm stands in south Georgia where my grandmother lives, where we would stop and buy a paper bag full of freshly picked peaches on our way to visit her and by the time we reached the house, the whole car smelled of them. Ah, no wonder that smell means summer to me!
I've decided to dedicate a week's worth of recipes to this versatile summer fruit. Some of these are family favorites, some of these are new favorites, some are sweet, some are savory. I had a tough time narrowing my favorites down but these are some of my most loved recipes.
I, of course, had to start with that quintessential southern dessert-- peach cobbler. This is my Mom's recipe and it is my favorite. It is simple and straightforward and the best I've ever had. There are no spices or extracts to mask the flavor of the fruit and it bakes in a fluffy biscuit-y type topping. I know there are many types of cobbler and crisps out there and everyone has their favorite but this is definitely mine. This is wonderful with fresh peaches but it is equally delicious with blueberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, or your other favorite fruits. You can make this with frozen as well as fresh which makes this such a versatile dessert. I sometimes like to make this with a combination of peaches and blueberries when summer is in full swing. The fruit cooks in the sugar and caramelizes which is one reason why I like this recipe so much so a shallow baking dish such as a 9x13 pan works best for this.
1/2 stick (4 tbs) of unsalted butter
4 cups of fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (or 4 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries, apples, peaches, blackberries, or cherries)
1 cup of sugar
Mix fruit and sugar together and let stand. Melt butter in a 9x13 glass baking dish and set aside for later use. Preheat oven for 350 degrees F.
2 cups sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Mix above ingredients together until lumps are gone. Pour the batter over the melted butter in the 9x13 dish. Spoon Fruit on top of batter. DO NOT STIR. Bake in oven at 350 Degrees for 40-45 minutes or until top is brown.