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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recipe: Mom's Peach Cobbler

It's recipe time again! This time it comes not from a magazine or the interwebs - it comes from my Mom! My Mom is a baker - always has been, always will be. She makes a meatloaf so awful that a stray cat wouldn't even eat it (seriously - one of my favorite childhood memories). But my Mom - well she can bake her little a** off! (She's very tiny - 5'1".)


She provided me with her fruit cobbler recipe - it's been my favorite since childhood. She says that it came from our Grandma Grace whose parents brought this from the wagon train. My only question on this story is that I thought my great-grandparents were from Germany. Hmmmm - is my Mom pulling my leg? I choose to believe her...shhhh!

First cream the butter & sugar - obviously works best with softened butter. Then add the flour, salt, baking powder & milk and mix some more.

You can use canned, frozen or fresh fruit. Typically I use frozen but I didn't have time to wait for them to thaw so I went with canned. Drain 4 cups of fruit (drain them really well) and put them in a baking dish. I usually use square.

Then spread your batter on top of the fruit - make sure it covers all of the fruit. 

Mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a measuring cup and then sprinkle it all over the batter. Very important to cover every nook and cranny!

The secret ingredient - BOILING WATER! Most people think I'm crazy when I mention this - but it's the key! Pour 1/4 cup over the sugar - be sure you get every bit of sugar dampened with the water. Don't spread it though - just pour very slowly to make sure it all gets covered.


Voila! 45 minutes later - deliciousness in a pan! The best part is the top is crunchy and cracks with the sugar/water. It's so delicious! This is by far the best cobbler I've ever eaten - and it's great that I can make it myself. And it's a dessert with no eggs! It's my go-to for potlucks... I highly recommend you try this ASAP! You won't be sorry - especially if you have some vanilla ice cream on the side.

I have only used peaches - but I'm sure you could use berries, etc...

Thanks Mom!


Mom's Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

4 cups fruit - sliced (frozen, fresh, canned - whatever)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 T cornstarch
pinch salt
1/4 cup boiling water

Instructions: 

* Arrange sliced fruit in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray
* Cream 3/4 cup sugar with 1/2 cup butter
* Add salt, flour, baking powder and milk to make a batter
* Spread the batter over fruit
* In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch & pinch of salt
* Sprinkle evenly over batter
* Pour 1/4 cup boiling water over ALL of sugar - be sure to cover every grain of sugar! This is where the magic happens!
* Bake at 375 for 45 minutes

Voila! Deliciousness!






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