Friday, August 8, 2008

Whip It Up Week 5 - Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

Last weekend we went to a pick your own fruit orchard and came home with 20 pounds of peaches. Yum.

Sunday night I whipped together a fast cobbler, which I've never made before, and it meets the fresh produce theme of this week's challenge, so while it's a bit of a cheater (bisquick!), it definitely counts.

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

2-1/2 pounds peachs, peeled, cored, and sliced (or 2.5 pounds frozen peach slices, thawed)
1 pint blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon each fresh grated lemon zest and juice

Heat oven to 400. In bowl, combine peaches, blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and juice, pour into 11 X 7 baking dish coated with cooking spray.

For topping, combine 2 cups baking mix (bisquick) with 1/2 cup milk. Drop over fruit and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

Bake til bubbly and topping is lightly browned and bicuit-y.

Was the recipe easy to follow?
Easy and fast. Peeling peaches is a pain, there's no denying it, but the payoff is worth it. And bisquick - what can I say? There's a "heart-healthy"or something version with no transfats, and it just makes life easier. It just does (waffles, pancakes, biscuits - in a flash). So take away my authentic cook label. I don't care. I can make homemade, but sometimes easy is, well, easy.

Did it taste good?
It did, though I think the zest made it too tart. You add lemon juice to peaches because they brown easily, and to cut the sweetness a bit. But still, it was a tad tarter than I wanted. We also didn't have vanilla ice cream or even cream, which might have countered the tart. I'd leave out the zest next time, I don't even think I did a full tablespoon. But it's proven to be a very nice breakfast option this week!

Kid friendly?
Oddly, she won't eat it. Dunno why. Totally rejected. Maybe too goopy.

Would I make it again?


RA said...

Fresh peaches sounds awesome to me right now. I think I saw somewhere that if you slit the peach skin and then boil them really quickly, the skin comes off easily, but don't quote me on that.

Which Box said...

Yeah, that's exactly it. i almost put the directions for peeling peaches in, but was too lazy. You cut an X on the bottom of the peach, put it in a boiling water for a few minutes (<3, you see the edges of the X start to peel away), remove the peach with a slotted spoon, and immediately dunk in an ice water bath to stop any cooking. Then, the skin mostly slips right off.

This requires a pot of simmering water, a bowl of iced water, timing, slotted spoons, an open trash can nearby, plus bowl for the finished product, and working fairly quickly. It's not hard, but perhaps I am a lazier cook than I like admitting. It's tedious and slightly messy. But definitely the easiest way to peel a bunch of peaches. I could put 4 in my simmering pot, get the water iced, pull them out, put 4 more in, and have the first 4 peeled and chopped by the time the next 4 were ready. Basic assembly line stuff, you just have to keep moving.

nancypearlwannabe said...

I wonder if this recipe would work with nectarines? I totally want to try it out!