georgia on my mind

from the Big Apple of NYC to Georgia peaches :) it's good to be home.

it's even better to have a spacious, fully stocked kitchen (no more using a wine bottle as a rolling pin!). what better way to celebrate coming home than to make a good ole fashioned cobbler. one of our family friends visited our home last weekend and dropped off a bushel of peaches (not quite a bushel, but it's a LOT!). so making peach cobbler not only became a priority but a necessity.

cobblers are one of the easiest desserts to put together. there's no rolling, scooping, or icing involved-- just laidback, no frills deliciousness. like a nice southern dessert should be.

Peach Cobbler adapted from Martha Stewart (I halved the following recipe)

  • 15 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (about 2.5 quarts)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

(1)  Preheat oven to 350° F. (2)  Place peaches, cornstarch, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Toss until well combined. Pour mixture into an 8 ½ x 11 ½ inch baking dish or 10-inch cast iron skillet when halved. (3)  In a large bowl, combine flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a fork, two knives, or a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. (4)  Whisk together egg, heavy cream and vanilla in a liquid-measuring cup. Slowly add this mixture to dry ingredients; mix with a fork until dough just comes together. (5) Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board, and roughly shape into a 12-inch log. Using a bench scraper, cut log into twelve equal portions. Place rough balls of dough on top of peach mixture.  Now I love Martha, but I think her Yankee roots are showing here. I just dolloped spoonfuls of the dough over the peaches. It creates for a more traditional, cobbler-y top. (6)  Sprinkle the top with the remaining tablespoon of granulated sugar. Bake until golden brown, about 40-45 minutes. (7)  Transfer pan to a rack, and let cool slightly. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  

Makes 10-12 servings