Question: What is my favorite recipe? Now this is an interesting question to ask me as a blogger and a podcast host, for I have a huge infinity for food, but to answer the question, here it is: my favorite recipe is southern-style peach cobbler. It’s sweet, tangy and oh-so-easy to make–perfect for any lazy summer day or anytime you need a soul-warming treat! Whether you got a stash of canned peaches or some fresh off a Georgia peachtree, this peach cobbler dessert with sweet spiced peaches and homemade butter pie crust is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
There’s nothing like the rich, comforting taste of a traditional southern peach cobbler (although I’m from “Sweet Home” Chicago). Revered as a dish of the South (and other places), this dessert boasts of sun-kissed, syrupy peaches tucked in a flaky, golden crust that will have you (or anyone else) saying Mmm with each and every bite (LOL)! Whether store-bought peaches are used or come from a Georgia peachtree (see, Georgia plays a BIG role in this real sweet treat), this recipe captures the heart and soul of southern (and other) kitchens all over!
I’ll start with the ingredients:
1.) canned or fresh peaches
2.) salted butter
3.) granulated sugar
4.) spices (cinnamon and nutmeg)
5.) pure vanilla extract
6.) all-purpose flour
7.) cold water
Now, to REALLY get to work on making that SPC (southern peach cobbler)!
-Add two cans of drained peaches and one with light syrup toa large pot along with the butter. When the butter melts, stir in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract Allow the peaches to come to a boil.
-Cook the peaches in the syrup untilit thickens and coats the back of a spoon about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool and further thicken.
-Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and whisk together.
-Add the butter cubes to the flour and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mxture until it resembles crumbs. Slowly add the cold water to the flour until a ball of dough forms. Knead the dough quickly to bring it together. Let the dough rest in the fridge.
-Remove the dough from the fridge and add a bit of flour to the work surface or clean counter and place the dough on top. Roll out one ball of dough using a rolling pin until it’s 1/3rd thick.
-Place it at the bottom and up the sides of a 9×13 inch baking pan.
-Add the peaches using a slotted spoon. Add the syrup from the pot to the peaches in the crust.
-Roll out the fianl dough ball and decorate the top of the peach cobbler with a lattice crust, criss-cross pattern, or cut-outs. Brush the top of the dough with egg wash then sprinkle the top lightly with ground cinnamon before baking in the oven.
And there you have it…my recipe for making a damn good peach cobbler that will surely have you wanting more and more, but remember, making a recipe your own with little tweaks here and there is part of the joy of cooking. As long as the elements are in place, always feel free to get creative so your taste buds (and everyone else’s), won’t have to suffer!