Saturday, August 7, 2010

Georgia's Peach Blackberry Cobler

My cousin Georgia loves fruit deserts. She's pretty fantastic and the mother of two boys under five so instead of a cake for her birthday, I made cobbler. Okay, it was a belated birthday, like 3 weeks belated but hey, I've been busy. Anyway, I made this yesterday morning in preparation for her BBQ last night. I can't really express to you how much willpower it took to not take a big fat scoop of it for lunch. The wait until dinner was excruciating. The whole house smelled like wonderful. It was rewarding in the end though. Because (as the cake boss says) it was AWESOME.

Peach & Blackberry Cobbler
Preheat Oven 425 degrees

8 Large Peaches
3 C Blackberries
2 T Cornstarch
1 to 1 & 1/4 C White Sugar
1 C Salted Butter (2 sticks)
3 C Flour
1 T Baking Powder
1 C Milk (I used Non Fat cause that's what I had)
1/4 C Half and Half
1 T White Sugar

Start by putting a large pot of water on high.
Rinse 3 Cups of ripe blackberries.

Wash the peaches.

Put and "X" in the bottom of each of the peaches

Once water is boiling drop peaches, one at a time in to water for 30-60 sec. This isn't to cook the peaches, just to make the skin a little bit looser on the flesh.

The fruit should swell a bit when it's ready.

Peel back skin gingerly.

Once all 8 peaches are peeled... them, half them and slice into 1/2 inch pieces. It should yield about 8 cups of sliced peaches.

Add them and the black berries to a large mixing bowl.

Mix the sugar and cornstarch together in a separate bowl.

Add sugar/cornstarch mixture to the fruit and toss it all together.

Place fruit mixture in a large baking dish and bake on 425 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.

Once the sauce is bubbling, remove the fruit from oven.

Cube the cold butter.

Mix the flour and baking powder together and add the cold cubed butter.

With a pastry cutter, turn the butter, flour and baking powder into a meal.

Add milk and half and half and mix until a nice dough is formed. Don't over mix it.

Using an ice cream scooper place biscuits on top of the warm fruit mixture.

Now it's starting to look like cobbler...

Sprinkle the top of the biscuits with a little sugar and place back into the 425 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes. Keep an eye on the color of the biscuit topping while it's baking.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Candle optional.

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