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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Peache Cobbler for our Southern Belle

For Lynly's birthday this year, they threw an old school BBQ! In honor of all things southern and pig based, I baked a complimentary Peach Cobbler. We drank plenty of wine and ate until we just couldn't and of course had the karaoke through down!

Peach Cobbler

10-12 ripe peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus some for greasing the pan
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
juice of half a lemon

for the crust
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons brown sugar, to sprinkle on top

Pre-heat the oven to 400. Generously butter a rectangular baking dish.

You can blanch the peaches to peel them, but I never so that. It's such a pain in the ass and to have a 400 degree oven AND a huge pot of boiling water going would be just unbearable in this small, Chinatown apartment! I just peeled and sliced them up.

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter, add the peaches, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon and lemon juice. Simmer over medium low heat until the peaches are relatively soft.

Combine the flour, the rest of the brown sugar, baking powder and soda together with a whisk. Then cut in the butter using a pastry cuter or knives or your fingers. What ever you have and what ever works. I love my pastry cutter, but I hate cleaning it. Once the dough has formed that grainy pastry texture add the milk to make a relatively sticky dough.

Pour the peaches in the dish, dollop the dough over the top and sprinkle some brown sugar on top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until the top of the biscuit dough is brown and firm.

Serve with vanilla ice cream. This is not an option!

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