Friday, July 8, 2011
Fresh Peach Cobbler
We were on our way home from Bill's high school class reunion in Indiana when an accident brought traffic to a standstill on the interstate for 2 hours. We hopped off at the next exit for food and other necessary things. As we sat in a Wendy's outside of Bowling Green,KY, my husband spotted an "older" man traveling with 3 ladies and sporting an Auburn baseball cap. Bill declared him to be "one of my people" (meaning anyone who now or ever has lived in any part of Alabama - never mind that I haven't lived there for 30 years!) Anyway, not to be outdone, I spoke to the gentleman (and the ladies) and sure 'nuff, he was from Chilton County Alabama, home of the BEST peaches in the world! No joke, better than Georgia or South Carolina peaches, with a taste all their own. I declared this and he agreed whole heartedly, disappeared to their SUV and returned with the one lone peach that had traveled with them from Alabama to Michigan and back. He proudly presented it to me and I, with absolutely no intention of sharing and no shame, ate every delicious morsel!
This Peach Cobbler recipe appears in the cookbook I edited for the GA Dept of AG, Seasons of Georgia. It was contributed by a retired county extension agent, and is perhaps the BEST peach cobbler I've ever eaten. It's similiar to the "quick and easy 1 cup of everything recipes", but the peaches are heated with sugar before pouring over the batter and that makes all the difference in the world!
You MUST try this... with Chilton County Alabama peaches, IF you can get them, if not, any fresh ripe peach will do!
4 cups fresh ripe peaches, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (REAL butter, unsalted)
1 cup self-rising flour (or 1 cup all-purpose + 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt)
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine peaches and 1 cup sugar in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Set aside.
Place butter in 2-quart baking dish. Place in oven and heat until butter melts. While butter melts, combine flour,sugar, milk,lemon juice, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl. Stir just to combine. Pour mixture over melted butter. Pour peach mixture over batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream!!
Posted by Helen Sturgeon