Friday, August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013

We did get some of that freezer cooking done this week, glad to be able to check something off my "to do" list!  In addition to restocking some basics, I also took an inventory of what is in there so it will be easy to meal plan each week.  Do you do that?  It is so helpful for me to have an idea each week of what we are going to eat.  Even when there aren't tons of activities, classes and meetings planned in a given week I find comfort in knowing what we are going to cook.  For me it makes the 4 o'clock hour a little smoother because I don't have the "what's for dinner" question hanging over my head.  

This week the only recipe that earned keeper status was my Aunt Helen's peach cobbler.  The kids and I had it for the first time when we traveling up the east coast, and my oh my, it was delicious!!! It is very straightforward, and the peaches are the shining stars.  The peaches out here have been great the past few weeks so it was a great time for us to make it at home.  I made a slight alteration using my own version of Bisquick for the biscuit topping, and took the easy way out by dropping the dough onto the cobbler instead of rolling it out, but we loved it.  The peach flavor is fantastic, and when paired with vanilla ice cream it really was divine.  So cheers to Aunt Helen for sharing this recipe - it has been a long time favorite of her boys, and now my kids are enormous fans of it as well!

Happy Cooking!

New Recipe
Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

* 1 cup sugar
* 4 tbsp flour
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 3 cups fresh peaches, in chunks or slices
* 1 cup DIY Bisquick
* 1 tbsp sugar
* 1.5 tbsp melted butter
* 1/4 cup milk

Note: 1/2 recipe of Bisquick Shortcake (recipe below) can replace final 4 ingredients from above

Bisquick Shortcake ingredients
* 2 cups Bisquick
* 2 tbsp sugar
* 3 tbsp melted shortening
* 1/2 cup milk

1. Mix sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Blend this with the fresh peaches.
2. Pour the peaches into a greased 8x8 casserole or utility dish
3. Mix the final four ingredients together.  Chunk off pieces and "plop" it onto the fruit.  Don't worry about gaps, the dough will expand.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 F, or until lightly golden brown.  Serve hot, with ice cream or fresh whipped cream, if desired!

We had my Aunt Helen's famous peach cobbler while traveling the US this summer.  It was a hit with the kids, and who doesn't love a fabulous fruit dessert!  The original recipe calls to roll the shortcake dough into the shape of the dish you are using, and place it over the fruit and prick it with a fork.  I decided it would be easier and more rustic to just put heaps of biscuit dough on the fruit.  It turned out great this way, but the original method was delicious as well! I have only made it with my DIY Bisquick, so if you have that on hand for making waffles, use some for this dessert and you won't be disappointed!