Peaches! Peaches! Peaches! Plus a Cobbler Recipe


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Fresh peaches . . . we anticipate their summer arrival all year. Although they’ve been in season since June, we waited this year for the later ‘freestone’ variety that we prefer. This is the variety of peach that the pit can be more easily removed versus the ‘clingstone‘ peach that has pits that are more difficult to pull out.
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The only way that we purchase our peaches is directly from one of the hundreds of fruit stands dotting the highways that have their own peach orchards. We’ve just found that peaches sold in grocery stores are simply too green and unripe for our preference or patience level.

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A quaint little fruit stand along the highway . . . nothing fancy, but so much fun!

Enjoying some shade on a hot summer day while drooling over the peaches for sale!
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In the Midwest where we’re originally from, we would buy our summer peaches from a roadside stand owned by a man who would drive to Missouri where he would get perfectly vine-ripened peaches for his stand; once he loaded up his pickup truck, he would immediately turn around and drive right back to his fruit stand in Iowa to sell this perfectly ripe, sweet fruit.
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We’re luckier in South Carolina where the peach stands have close access to the fruit orchards. Peaches are one of South Carolina’s summer specialties and so there are literally bushels of them sold everywhere throughout the summer. And here’s a little known trivia FACT that you may not know: South Carolina produces more peaches than any other state in the U.S., and that includes Georgia, which adopted the slogan, The Peach State (S.C. is called The Palmetto State, but that’s a true and historic, yet different story for a later time).
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Simply mixed with sugar, peaches create their own thick juices! This is what we spoon over the top of our Sunday pancakes (no need for maple syrup!), or a slice of buttery pound cake, or a hefty scoop of vanilla ice cream. And don’t forget one last simple way to use these beauties: peach ice cream!

Two of our family’s favorite recipes for peaches are Peach Melba and Peach Cobbler. So let’s get our aprons on and get down to some peach cookin‘!

First on the dessert menu is a simple South Carolina Peach Cobbler (as entitled in the August ’98 issue of “Taste of Home” magazine). This recipe has been circulating among Southern cooks for years, long before any famous TV cooks prepared it. At first, this recipe will seem very unusual to you if you are reading it for the first time. You ‘dump’ the peaches on top of the cobbler batter and the peaches ‘sink’ to the bottom during baking. It sounds weird, but it works! This process results in a creamy, custard-y filling that the peaches float around in underneath the chewy cobbler crust.

We made a major adjustment to the recipe clipped from the magazine by doubling the dry ingredients so it is not as soggy as it is when prepared according to the magazine’s version. We’re just not into peach mush. The recipe that I have posted has all of the adjustments already made for you.

a golden brown cobbler crust forms (above) during the baking process, 
while the peaches sink to the bottom

a custardy filling forms inside
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South Carolina Peach Cobbler

For the peaches, you need:
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6 cups sliced and peeled fresh peaches (not 4 cups as in the original recipe)
1/2 cup sugar for the peaches
1/3 tsp almond extract
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For the cobbler, you need:

1 cup sugar

1-1/2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup whole milk (or you can also use fat-free milk combined with cream)
and lastly, you need
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1/2 cup butter, melted
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Here’s what you need to do:
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In a large bowl, gently toss the peaches with 1 cup of sugar and the almond extract. Set aside.
Pour the 1/2 cup of melted butter into a 2-quart baking dish.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and milk. Mix well.
Pour this batter evenly over the butter — DO NOT STIR.
Top with the peaches.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 55 minutes or until golden brown.
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Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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I hope that you enjoy this super easy, super fresh, summer peach dessert. I’ll write a separate post for Peach Melba after we devour this dish first!
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Comments

  1. says

    ciao, sono un food blogger italiana, sono capitata per caso qui da te… hai un blog bellissimo!!!!
    complimenti! e piacere di averti incontrata, a presto.
    Betty

  2. says

    Oh yum! How I love me some peaches but my husband won’t let me bake them. He says I’ll ruin them.

    Do you think this would work with frozzen peaches? Should I thaw them first?

  3. says

    I love peach season and they’ve been exceptionally good this year I think. I wish we had stands near us – I have to rely on the supermarket but theirs have been much to good to complain about.

    Thanks for stopping by my kitchen. It gave me the opportunity to get to know you better. You’ve got a beautiful blog here and you’re right, we have a lot in common. I look forward to visiting your blog often and getting to know you better. I signed up to follow so I won’t miss your delightful posts. It sounds like you live an ideal life that many only dream of.
    Sam

  4. says

    I’m thinking stewed peaches in ginger jam with splash of ginger wine before cobbling. Then making a bit of a clafoutis custard and baking away. Yummy. Good to know we’re on the same peachy wavelength

  5. says

    You never cease to amaze me! My husband would be so happy if I made this for him but I always end up with peach soup, so kudos to you for your thick juices. I can never seem to pull that off! Your photos really turned out beautifully as well. I hope all is well with you and your family…at least you get to enjoy this gorgeous dessert!

  6. says

    It sure looks like lots of you enjoy peaches . . . so many comments about this dish! And yes, Bridgett, ya gotta double the dry ingredients for this recipe to turn out non-soupy for your husband!

  7. says

    Bella – many thanks for the visit. I don’t keep track of anything – I just have fun. I love this post – because I am in the midwest and this year it’s been hard getting ripe peaches. Last year the declicious aroma of ripe peaches hit you when you walked into the grocers. This year – not so much! Your recipe is extraordinary and I am tasting it. And will be making ginger-scented peaches pavlova this Saturday. Bookmarking this. Nothing says summer like a peach! Glad your bp is down – keep it down. Savor.

  8. says

    This cobbler looks delicious! I made a similar one from a different recipe the other day but yours has double the batter which is great. While making your recipe 1/4 cup of milk just didn’t seem like enough- it didn’t even wet all the dry ingredients. Is that a correct measurement? Thanks for all of your amazing recipes! Keep em’ comin’!

  9. says

    Hi Frederica, I doubled the dry cobbler ingredients because we don’t like it so soggy. But if you prefer, why not go ahead and add more milk to your desired moisture level? It’s an enjoyable recipe for many people. Thanks for stopping by!!! Roz

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