Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Peach Cobbler...Featuring the Best Helper Ever

Last summer I bought an obscene quantity of peaches from the local farmer's market.  I made 24 pints of peach jam with some of them, and froze the rest.  Even though it's spring/summer, peaches aren't yet in season, so I thawed some out and made a peach cobbler :-)

First you'll want about six peaches, peeled and sliced.  Put them in a bowl with some sugar and cinnamon, and set aside while you make the batter. 

Cream shortening and sugar (sorry to the shortening-phobes...I guess you could use butter if you had to). 

Remember back when I made the petit fours, and I burned up the motor in my hand mixer?  Yeah, I still haven't replaced it.

Anyhoo, next have your lovely assistant take a photo of the progress with her trusty princess phone.

Into the creamed shortening and sugar, mix flour, baking powder and salt alternately with some milk until it looks something like this:

Spread it a baking dish.  And then have your lovely assistant take another picture.

Gently pour the peaches on top of the batter.

Here's where it gets a little freaky, so stay with me. 

Cube some butter.  Boil one cup of water and drop the butter cubes into the water.

Now, pour the butter and water on top of the peaches in the baking dish.  Do not panic.  Do not skip this step, or it won't turn out.

Very carefully put it in the oven and bake until golden brown and delicious.

It's a beautiful thing. 

We made this cobbler and served chicked and dumplings for dinner.  It was also the night we helped the boy with his report on Texas.  We felt very southern that night :-)

Here's the recipe:

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler

5-6 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger (optional)
1/4 tsp cloves(optional)

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk

1 cup boiling water
3 Tbs butter, cubed

Mix peaches, sugar and spices and set aside.

Cream shortening and sugar.  Add flour, baking powder and salt, alternately with milk.  Spread mixture into a 7x10 baking dish.

Gently pour peaches over batter.

Drop cubed butter into boiling water.  Pour over peaches.

Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 45-50 minutes or unil golden brown and delicious.  Serve warm with ice cream or cream.


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