Peach Cobbler for Two

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Five peach trees grace our orchards.  One is an Alberta, three are newly planted Charlottes, and the other is a three-in-one variety that used to be a four-in-one.  Last summer a whole branch of this peach laden tree broke right off at the graft.  So now its a three-in-one.  The peaches these trees made last summer were the sweetest, juiciest peaches I’ve ever eaten.  I think I just hadn’t eaten many right off a tree–and how could peaches picked early enough to handle being shipped from South Carolina possibly compete with a sun-kissed one right off the tree?

I ate some as they ripened, juice dripping off my chin and flecked from my fingertips back into the soil.  We sliced peaches onto oatmeal, made an occasional peach cobbler and froze 16 1-cup baggies for smoothies, cobblers and to add to our oatmeal this winter.

This cobbler is inspired by a recipe from Epicurious–which is one of my primary go-to sites for recipes.  Mark and I like individual cobblers so can have a whole dish to our own selves, so I divide the batter and peaches into two baking dishes, but it could be combined into one larger dish.

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 375.  Peel and slice 3 medium or 2 large peaches(or substitute 1 1/2-2 c. frozen peaches, thawed). Toss peaches with 2 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch and 1 Tbsp. orange juice. Put into baking dish (or dishes) and bake for 10 minutes.

Batter: Stir or sift together: 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt.
Cut in 3 Tbsp. cold butter and crumble in with your fingers.  Boil 2 Tbsp. water (the microwave works fast) and mix until just moist.

Drop or plop batter onto peaches and bake another 30 minutes, or until the top is golden.  Cool for at least 15 minutes and serve with a dollop* of vanilla ice cream.

*In our house dollop get defined on an individual basis.  Mark prefers the British use: an indefinite often large quantity especially of something liquid. An alternative more to my liking is: a small lump, portion, or amount.  

 

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