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Monday, July 25, 2011

Its Peach Week! Fresh Peach Cobbler


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.



Peach Cobbler


For Fruit:
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.

For Batter:
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.


10 comments:

  1. These peaches look so ripe and lush! And, your cobbler looks delish. Peach season is the best!

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  2. I agree, nothing says summer like peaches! I have been eating them like candy. This sounds so good, I love the batter on top, different from your average peach cobbler, thanks for sharing, your photos are beautiful!

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  3. Peach cobbler is one of my favorite summertime desserts. And my favorite kinds are the super easy recipes...I love the recipes like this where you just pour everything in and wait for the magic to happen!

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  4. I love cobbler, and with fresh peaches..yum! Warm with vanilla ice cream is just amazing! I put up a peach recipe today too!

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  5. This looks delightful! Great pictures too!

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  6. How summery is this! Can't wait for peach season to try your cobbler!

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  7. I love every kind of cobbler, but particularly peach. My daughter would be happy if I made it every week. :) Yours looks so good and is making me crave a bowl right now.

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  8. Oh Ryan, I ♥ all your series'! That is so awesome to do this for Peaches! Fantastic idea....the cobbler looks scrumptious! Looking forward to your posts this week!

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  9. Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits! My grandfather had a small peach orchard when I was growing up and the smell of the ripe peaches just bring back so many great memories! My mother would spend the summer canning peaches, making peach pie and jam! Your cobbler looks so delicious! I love that you're doing peach week! Great idea!

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  10. Gotta love family recipes! I love peaches, and definitely need to go get more and use some to make this!

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