Monday, July 18, 2016

Peach Cobbler

Fresh peaches.

There is nothing like them, is there?

But finding good quality fresh peaches is a challenge out here in the west, where we're miles away from normal fruit shipping routes! But something new has come to town - The Fruit Club!

Now we have access to fresh fruit all year long. I'm in heaven!

I bought some peaches last week and ate as many of them as I could fresh out of the box. But fruit does have a shelf life, and eventually you have to make something with it.

Years ago, when we lived in Abilene, Texas, our church had a food booth at the local fair.

Actually, it isn't quite accurate to call this event a "local fair." It's actually the West Texas Fair and Rodeo, and it's really a smaller version of the famous Texas State Fair.

Anyway, our food booth was known for two things: onion rings and peach cobbler.

When I saw those peaches sitting on my kitchen counter, I got a craving for peach cobbler like we served in Texas. So I went hunting for a recipe.

I came to the Yankee Belle Cafe first, of course. I discovered that Mindy really likes peach cobbler! You'll have to check out one of her cobbler posts here.

But Mindy's cobbler is a bit different than the West Texas version I was looking for, so I pulled out Betty Crocker and my red plaid Better Homes and Gardens, and started browsing. But I still didn't find the perfect recipe...

So I threw in a bit of this and a bit of that, and ended up with a cobbler my husband is still raving about!

Jan's Peach Cobbler


about 6 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons arrowroot powder (or corn starch)
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup cold butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup milk

Mix the peaches, sugar, cinnamon, arrowroot powder (or corn starch) and salt together. Put the mixture into a medium pan and heat up. Use medium heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and bubbly. My peaches were so ripe that they made their own juice, but if you find yours are a little dry, add up to 1/4 cup water.

Meanwhile, make the shortcake topping -

Stir the flour, baking powder and sugar together. Cut in the butter. Beat the egg and milk together (slightly), and add to the dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed.

Pour your cooked peaches into a greased square baking dish,

then drop the dough on top in nine splotches.

Bake for twenty minutes at 400°.

And of course, serve with ice cream!!!!

Are you craving cobbler yet?

In other news, my dear husband and I celebrated our 34th anniversary over the weekend. We took a quick trip to one of our favorite towns: Buffalo, Wyoming.

I can't describe how beautiful it is there, and the Big Horn Mountains aren't even close to the beauty of the Tetons or Yellowstone. Wyoming is one wildly lovely state.

For more pictures, you can read my post about our trip there two years ago. Go here. I mean it, go there. The scenery is so beautiful!

But back to our business at hand - What is your favorite summertime dessert? Tell us in the comments!

Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.

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  1. Oh, that first picture -- it looks like I could just reach out and grab a fresh peach. Alas my knuckles grazed monitor. So disappointing. So yes -- peach fanatic here and cobbler is at the top of my list. Peaches aren't ripe here yet -- they are August's bounty down in the Niagara fruit belt so we have to wait. The ones that come from the US don't cut it.

    When I think summer treat I think strawberries -- pie, short cake, muffins, fresh bowl of 'em with cream. Yum.

  2. Mmm...strawberries! We had the best strawberries at the B&B we stayed in over the weekend. Super fresh and sweet! The best I've had in a long time.

    And there's nothing like fresh strawberry pie, is there? I might have to make one of those soon...

  3. Fruit Club. How cool is that. We always pass through Buffalo, Wyoming on the way to Flathead Lake, Montana. :)

    1. Now THAT sounds like a great trip! Someday we'll get farther into Montana than Red Lodge. ;)

  4. JAN!!!!!

    I have been craving peach cobble or blueberry cobbler, but I didn't want to try just any recipe. I love the combo of blueberries and peaches, and I have a bunch of both, so I'm thinking I may try combining them. Blueberry peach cobbler.

    1. Blueberry peach cobbler! Sounds like a winner!

      The change I'd make to my recipe if I added blueberries would be to reduce the sugar. Blueberries are sweeter than peaches, so less sugar would help preserve the fruity flavor :)

      I think you'll like the cakey/biscuity topping, though. Not too sweet, but just enough!

    2. I combine fruits for cobblers all the time, and I love it, Cate. I bet that would be marvelous!

    3. Blueberry and peach are two of my favorites to mix.

  5. Our DIL's parents were visiting this past weekend and shared a big box of their own tree-ripened peaches. We were given a bucket of them so had our first fresh peaches of the season just yesterday. Oh, so good!!! There will be too many to eat fresh, so I was thinking I might make some freezer jam ... but your cobbler is very tempting. Maybe I have enough for both??? I love all the fresh fruits and berries at this time of year. :)

    1. I hope you have enough for both, Carol! How delicious!

  6. Happy anniversary, Jan!! I love shortbread, so I'm sure I'll love this cobbler! We've got blueberries we need to use up. And blackberries, too, I think. Time to bake!

    1. Thanks, Missy! And happy post-wedding recovery to you!

      Enjoy your cobbler, whichever flavor you choose. :)

    2. Thanks, Jan. Yeah, it'll be a couple of days before I feel like baking probably.

    3. I was never as exhausted as I was after our weddings... and it was totally worth it, but I wasn't prepared on the first one. Oh my stars, wipe out!!!!

    4. Wipe out is right! I think I'm beginning to recover...finally!

  7. Perfect timing, Jan! Lots of local ripe peaches at the farmer's market here, so I'll be making your recipe.

    So nice to see those bluebonnets. Ours are just a memory now :-)

    Congrats on your 34th anniversary!

    Nancy C

    1. Thanks, Nancy!

      The flowers do look like bluebonnets, don't they? But we're too far north for those. These are larkspurs. Beautiful!

  8. I want this so badly right now, I can taste it! No peaches here for weeks, but cobbler and peach pie will be on the list! I love fresh peach dishes, and Jan, this is wonderful. The ice cream is the perfect accompaniment!

    1. These peaches are actually from Georgia, and next month we'll be getting some from Washington. When you can't grow your own, you do the next best thing!

  9. Great timing! I just bought a lug of peaches from a fundraiser. This looks amazing.