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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

TWD: Mixed Berry Cobbler... Goes Peach


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This week's recipe, chosen by Beth of Our Sweet Life was the Mixed Berry Cobbler. As you can see, there are no berries to be found here.

I have been planning on how I was going to make this cobbler all week. I really wanted to get my hands on some blackberries, blueberries and raspberries and try this recipe without fiddling for once, but, alas (yes, I just said "alas" - I'm a dork, what can you do?) I couldn't scrape together extra grocery money at any point to buy all those berries. You see, while berries are in season here for one small pint it is still $4 each so added altogether would be a killer. I didn't want to miss out this week though, and since I really prefer peach cobbler over any other baked or cooked fruit, well - today, you have peach cobbler from me.

Now, peaches aren't actually in season yet, but this is where my bottling excursion last summer comes in. I have been bottling (canning) peaches for the past couple of years and I like to use them in my peach cobbler even when peaches are in season because it just saves some work and I get to bake them for a shorter amount of time.

So, I used Dorie's biscuit top recipe, with the addition of a bit of extra sugar in the dough and some raw sugar on top (when is more sugar ever really bad after all?). I also decided to bake them in the emptied peach bottles because I really, really hate doing the dishes. I used the jar ring lids to cut out the top so they were the perfect size and I just cut a small vent circle out of the center.

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I actually have a really, really favorite peach cobbler recipe that I've been stuck on for years now, but I wanted to really give Dorie's cobbler topping a try - especially with all the debate surrounding it amongst the other TWDers. The biggest complaint I was hearing from everyone was that the crust didn't have enough flavor. Well, it is just my opinion here, but it basically is just supposed to be a lightly sweet biscuit - so other than to increase the sugar just a bit (let's face it, when have I made anything "lightly" sweet) I didn't make any changes to the dough.

Now, though we aren't posting Dorie's recipes anymore I usually try to search and see if the week's recipe can be found online already and - even more fun this week - this one is online - but even better it has a recorded interview with Dorie! How cool is that! Anyway, Dorie even mentions that you could make this with peaches in the interview so that made me feel a little better about being berry-less.

My thoughts on the great crust debate? I really liked the crust and thought it was absolutely delicious. If I was making it with a sweet berry filling I'm not sure if I would add more sugar or not (other than the raw sugar on top). The crust baked up very nicely and was a snap to make. The proof? I didn't get around to starting to make my cobbler until about 9 pm tonight and it was all done in just about an hour (start, make, bake, cool a bit and eat).

Don't forget to see how the rest of the TWDers did on this one - it should be interesting with the great debate that was going on this week!

So, here is my peach "filling" recipe, which is adapted from my favorite peach cobbler recipe. If you have fresh peaches, just adapt that recipe a bit to add whatever spice you like.

Peach Cobbler Filling
2 pints bottled peaches, drained and cut into small chunks (approximately equal to 6 peaches)
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons corn starch
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (to taste)
pinch of kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and stir gently. Put into buttered dish and top with the crust. (The mini's baked each at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes - til golden).

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32 comments:

Dolores said...

Oh Holly... I love your sunny summer peach cobbler. And baking them in the discarded peach jars is brilliant!

Peabody said...

I lucked out, as berries are very cheap right now as I live in the sticks and the farms sell them cheap.
Peach is fabulous too.

Manggy said...

Yum, those look good (great way to use preserved peaches, by the way)! I know what you mean, suffering for baking (heh)-- for the last cake I spent between $6 and $7 for just a liter of cream. Ouch.

I would've been very nervous baking in glass jars! I'm glad it was without incident!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I loved how the ones on the jars turned out, so but so cute. And it's a great way to portion it as well.

Engineer Baker said...

I love the one in the canning jar! I agree - the fewer dishes that need to be done, the better.

ostwestwind said...

What a great looking cobbler in the jar, glad you liked it!
Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Kayte said...

Such beautiful photos of such beautiful food. I'm sold...for the 4th of July, I am making these in peach (my husband's favorite fruit, so I should score big points there), and the jar idea is so lovely...really, they are just so sweet and lovely looking inside the jar and out. Kudos to you.

Alas, I am a "dork" also...it's hard to get through a week without a good "Alas...."

Shari said...

Peach cobbler in a jar sounds delicious! Great idea!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

rainbowbrown said...

Love the peaches. The little jars too flipping cute.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

I'm so glad you played along, in spite of not having berries! I just love peach cobbler and I'm jealous of all your nice canned peaches! The peaches here in the NL are TERRIBLE!

April said...

Peach sounds fabulous! I love, love, love the little cobbler in the jar!

Mary Ann said...

how inventive! I love that you made this is a mason jar! Peach sounds wonderful!

Jenny said...

Yum peaches!
I love the jars.

bakersbakery said...

I feel you on the bank-breaking berries (that's why I only used one kind)! Way to go on already having peaches around. It looks delicious!

kim said...

love how they look in the jar! adorable, great job :)

Susie Homemaker said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE that you baked them in jars! I am SOOO copying that idea and passing it off as my own. seriously....genius!

Mara said...

oooh love your peach!! i wanted to do peach but then i found chopped mango in the freezer... ;) i made some mods to the biscuit and we loved it!

Pam said...

Yum. I love peach cobbler and this looks perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

baking them in the jars is a fabulous idea! so cute (and time-saver, too)!!

Tammy said...

Yu, I will have to try peach as well. The berry cobbler was my first time making cobbler.

Erin said...

Your cobbler looks lovely. Peach cobbler is the most commonly made cobbler around here (in SC), so I think it looks delicious! It looks so pretty in those baking jars- I love your pictures!

bakingwiththeboys said...

I love peach cobbler and am SO impressed that you canned your own peaches. Perfect.

Barbara said...

Baking them in the jars, what a great idea! Mmm...looks delicious.

Madam Chow said...

I agree - I thought the biscuit topping was tasty, and I used frozen blueberries!

Linda said...

I also used peaches, and found that it was perfect for this recipe! Your bottled peaches look delicious!! For whatever reason canning fruit/jam intimidates me...I hope you'll share a post on canning...would love to learn how you do it!

Di said...

I made the berry version and enjoyed it, but peach is my favorite, too. It is peach season down here (Texas), but I'm too busy eating them fresh--they don't hang around long enough to be baked into anything.

LyB said...

How creative are you?! Your little peach cobblers are adorable! Now I can't wait for peach season. :)

Steph said...

Yum Holly! This looks absolutely delicious! It's making me hungry! Beautiful!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

I love peach cobbler! We should be in Utah at just the right time to pick up bushels and bushels of those delicious UT peaches. I may even can my own this year, too.

kamailesfood said...

Your baking creativity astounds me. I need to think outside the box more often. I love peach cobbler- especially when it's made in a dutch oven. Yum!

Christine said...

What a great idea to use the jars. Your peach cobbler looks delicious!

Jaime said...

your peach cobbler looks delicious! love how you used the jars to bake them in :) i, too, thought that dorie's recipe was good, despite all the debate.

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