Texas Peach Cobbler

This is a great recipe which was adapted from that of Cheryl and Bill Jamison. Here are a few hints when making one of Texas's greatest deserts: 

If you have never pealed a peach before....here's the way you do it. 
  • Heat a large pot of water just to a boil
  • Fill another pot with ice water (not just cold water...you need to add the ice)
  • Drop your peaches into the boiling water for about 30-40 seconds, remove and immediately drop them into the ice water. The skin will then just slide right off. 
Whenever making anything requiring fresh fruit such as Cobbler, Banana Bread etc. Always allow the fruit to ripen completely. The more ripe the fruit is, the more flavor they produce. 

12-14 RIPE Medium Peaches (about 3 1/2Lbs) - Peeled, Pitted and Sliced
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tbs Lemon Juice
2 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
3/4 tsp  Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Allspice
1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 Cup Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  1. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the filling mix, throughly coating all peach slices. Set this aside to allow the natural juices to be drawn out.
  2. Place Butter in a 9" x 13" baking dish and set it in the oven to melt while it is preheating
  3. In a separate bowl stir together stir together the Flour, Sugar and Baking Powder. Add milk and mix until lightly blended.
  4. Carefully remove the baking dish with melted butter from the oven and pour the batter mix evenly over the butter - DO NOT MIX OR STIR THE BATTER MIX INTO THE BUTTER, THIS WILL ELIMINATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRUNCHY EDGES. 
  5. Pour the peach filling evenly over the batter to within 1" in the side walls of the dish. 
  6. Bake for 45 min. or until the batter becomes golden brown. 
  7. Serve warm alone or with vanilla ice cream.
Blackberry Cobbler
You can also substitute Blackberry's for the Peaches and simply eliminate the ginger and add 1/4 tsp of nutmeg.