Monday, August 13th, 2012

Cobbler Cobbler Mend My Shoe

Another winner from Martha’s book. I made this on Sunday. It was ok warm out of the oven at lunchtime but most delicious when fully cooled after dinner. I like that a little fresh ginger gets mixed in with the fruit. We ate it plain but it would be great with a scoop of ice cream or, even better, a dollop of whipped cream. Here’s the recipe:

Martha’s Peach and Berry Cobbler (adapted from Martha’s American Food)

  • 2 3/4 lbs peaches, pitted and sliced into 3/4″ pieces
  • 1 c berries
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 3 T cornstarch
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 t grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 t salt plus a pinch
  • 2 c AP flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 c ¬†cold unsalted butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped*
  • 1 c plus 2 T heavy cream plus more for brushing
  • Sanding sugar for sprinkling**
Preheat the oven to 375 with one rack positioned at the top of the oven.
Combine peaches, berries, 1/3 c of sugar, lemon juice, ginger and a pinch of salt. Transfer to a 2 qt baking dish.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, the remaining salt and 1/3 c of sugar. Cut the butter into the flour mixture then stir in the cream and vanilla beans. Combine until a sticky dough forms. Break into 10 pieces and arrange over fruit. Brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake until golden brown and juices are bubbling about 55-70 minutes. If the top browns too quickly cover it with a little foil.
*I happened to have a vanilla bean but I think it would be totally fine to put a spoonful of vanilla in with the cream.
**I used regular sugar

I think I’m going to go have some right now… as a reward for doing a great job with breakfast and lunch today. Maybe great is overstating it. Good is probably more accurate. It would have been great if I’d added a few more glasses of water and a little more fruit. Though I did put tomatoes on my sandwich at lunch that counts for something, right?

For breakfast I ate a free sample of Nature’s Promise granola that I got from Safeway. It was good! I liked it I just with I could make a tasty granola. I’ve never done it successfully and I hate using up all of the ingredients it takes just to end up with a finished product that’s not that yummy. I’ll take any recipes for foolproof granola.

We went to the grocery store today so I tried to pick up a few things (except what I needed for dinner of course). I improvised a pretty good sandwich for lunch on Tuscan Panne from Trader Joe’s with tomato and smoked salmon. Too bad I forgot the chips. It would have been good with a few chips.

I felt way less tired all day. The nice weather and being outside probably helped too. So, yeah, the food part is important. I plan on doing it again tomorrow. It’s a little tricky because we spend so much of our time trying to get Bennett to laugh for us. My children go so far as to run in circles over and over again just to catch a glimpse of the elusive giggles. Avery loves her oodles even if she still feels unsure about not being the baby anymore. She climbed up into my lap the other day while I was holding Bennett and said you have so many babies. Sweet girl.

(thanks to Danielle for capturing the moment)




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