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Easy-to-Make Peach Cobbler

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Easy-to-Make Peach Cobbler

Yesterday, during my Saturday morning trip to the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market, I found fresh peaches that were so sweet they can be used in desserts without adding sugar! Peaches so firm that they slice evenly, pulling away from the pit nestled inside. Years ago, I learned that washing peaches in hot water makes the skin peel away easily…so within minutes, my peaches were clean, peeled, sliced and ready to be tucked under a “blanket” of flour, sugar, eggs, butter and vanilla to be transformed into a juicy, delicious peach cobbler.  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream while the cobbler is still warm and savor this summer time treat!

¾ cup all purpose flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 whole egg+1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit filling
6 medium fresh peaches, washed, peeled and sliced
½ to 1 teaspoon cinnamon (note the variation in amount…based on your taste for cinnamon)
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (optional…if your peaches are naturally sweet, the sugar in the topping provides sufficient sweetness)

To make the cobbler:
Fruit:  Wash, peel, and slice the peaches.  If desired, cut the slices in half to approximately 1 ½ inch pieces and place in a 2 quart baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray. Stir in the cinnamon and nutmeg (and sugar, if desired).

Topping: In a medium bowl, measure the flour and sugar, then add the softened butter, egg and egg yolk. Using a mixer, (I use a hand-held mixer), beat the mixture on medium speed until smooth, then add the vanilla, blending it into the mixture. Spoon the topping over the fruit mixture, spreading the topping to the edges, but leaving a slight opening between the topping and the edge of the baking dish to allow the juice from the fruit to bubble as the cobbler bakes. Bake the cobbler at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top of the cobbler is golden brown.  Let cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (Sorry there’s no picture of this cobbler…but just imagine warm peaches…slightly crunchy topping…and vanilla ice cream…yum!)  Makes 6 servings.



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