Pretty Peaches

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Oh summer…you are lovely.  Especially when summer feels an awful lot like fall this year.  We have been blessed (at least here in northern Virginia) with a really pleasant summer.  The overwhelming heat and humidity that this time of year usually brings hasn’t been nearly as bad.  Since autumn is my favorite time of year, I am loving this change!  But, despite weather, summer fruits are worth the prices of heat and humidity.

I had to make a quick trip to Pennsylvania yesterday for a new drivers license (changing your last name is so labor intensive!).  Part of the drive has me pass by Catoctin Mountain Orchard.  I have stopped here many times before (i.e. every time I drive past).  They have delicious local and seasonal fruits and veggies (the apples in the fall are amazing…and they make good applesauce!) and they also have a bakery with delicious baked goods.  Yesterday I knew I had to stop for one thing…peaches.

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Since the first photo in this post is a spoiler (COBBLER!!!), I still had to share a picture of these peaches…aren’t they beautiful?  I have been utterly disappointed by grocery store peaches this year.  (FYI, I just learned that most apples you buy at the grocery store are anywhere from 9 – 12 months old when you buy them…disturbing!)  But these were large, sweet, and delicious!  Even though I used 8 peaches in this cobbler recipe, I still have four beauties to enjoy just as they are.  I can’t wait!

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I searched the internet for the BEST peach cobbler recipe and while I don’t know if this is the best one, it was absolutely amazing!  I made a few changes to the recipe (increased cornstarch and butter), I made the rest just as written.  Only after I made a giant pan of peach cobbler did I learn that my husband doesn’t like peaches and/or peach cobbler.  Seriously?  What is wrong with this man I married?!?!  The smell of the cobbler baking had me drooling!

If you are able to procure some fresh peaches this year, I highly encourage you to make this recipe…just make sure the rest of your family likes peaches first or you will be eating the entire pan yourself (not that that is a bad thing!)

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

From AllRecipes

8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges

1/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

1/8 t ground nutmeg

1/4 t ground cinnamon

1 t fresh lemon juice

4 t cornstarch

1 c flour

1/4 c white sugar

1/4 c brown sugar

1 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

8 T unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces

1/4 boiling water

Mix together: 3 T white sugar and 1 t ground cinnamon

Preheat over to 425 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 c white sugar, 1/4 c brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch.  Toss to coat evenly and pour into a 2 quart baking dish.  Bake in a preheated over for 10 minutes.

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

Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them.  Sprinkle entire cobbler with the cinnamon sugar mixture.  Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

 

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