Monday, July 22, 2013

Peach Cobbler-A Southern Favorite

As I may have mentioned before, I live in Georgia. Seeing as they put peaches in anything they can, its nickname as the 'peach state' is *very* appropriate! One of the most popular dishes is peach cobbler. Trust me, you haven't had peach cobbler until you've had ours! To prove my point, here's an easy(-ish) recipe.

Peach Cobbler-serves 4
8 fresh peaches-pitted, peeled and sliced into thin wedges
1 cup all-purpose flour
6 tbsp unsalted butter, refrigerated
1/2 cup brown sugar, halved
1/2 cup white sugar, halved
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Seperately, combine 3 tbsp white sugar with 1 tsp ground cinnamon.  Bring 1/4 cup of water to a boil and cut or break the butter into small pieces.

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup white sugar, peaches, 1/4 cup brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and corn starch. Once the peaches are evenly coated, pour into a 2-quart baking pan and bake for 10 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Now, mix in the butter with your fingers until it is a course-meal texture. Add water and stir until it's just mixed.

Remove the peach mix from the oven and spoon the second mix over top of it. Now, sprinkle on the separate cinnamon/sugar mixture and bake for 30 minutes or until it's a golden brown color. Some people serve it with ice cream or whipped cream-it's all up to you!

One good way to peel the peaches is to put them into boiling water for about 1 minute and then into cold water. This loosens the skins on the peaches so they're easier to peel. Some people also use salted butter and then either lessen the 1/2 tsp of salt or skip it altogether. That's a decent way to work with it if you only have salted butter on hand. 

A friend of mine once used blackberries in addition to the peaches. It was awesome!

Like I said before, you haven't had peach cobbler until you have the 'good ole' Georgia version. Enjoy!

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