Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fresh Fruit Cobbler: The taste of summer

Reflections from the Backcounter

Fresh fruit cobbler defines summer. We were given lug boxes of fresh peaches, nectarines and and cantaloupe this week. The fruit all came from central california and the taste and texture of the fruit was delicious. Unfortunately, this much fruit is destined to spoil as our family cannot eat it quickly enough. Cobbler is just the answer. My daughter made the cobbler tonight and it was wonderful. Cobbler is a simple dessert that can be made easily from almost any summer fruit. Typically, fruit is topped with a biscuit dough that is spread unevenly on the fruit. Served with ice cream or cream it is a favorite with kids and adults.
Active time: 20 min. Start to finish: 45 min.
6 large peaches, cut into thin wedges
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
For biscuit topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Cook peaches:Preheat oven to 425°F.
Toss peaches with sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a 2-qt. nonreactive baking dish and bake in middle of oven 10 minutes.
Make topping while peaches bake:Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Bake in middle of oven until topping is golden, about 25 minutes. (Topping will spread as it bakes.)
Enjoy the taste of summer!

1 comment:

Toni said...

looks and sounds yummy!