Saturday, June 21, 2008

Southern Peach Cobbler

Whenever you want to make something sound mouthwateringly delicious, just stick "southern" in front of it. Southern Pecan Pie, Southern Fried Chicken, Southern Baked Beans...

The first peaches, in my not so humble opionion, aren't really good for eating, so when I couldn't resist picking some up at the Farmer's Market, I found this tasty dessert to throw them into.

Southern Peach Cobbler (recipe courtesy of

8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the pastry:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

Not so pretty, but believe me, it's delicious.

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