Count My Desserts on One Hand
I've made a handful of desserts in my life. I don't like cake much, and I can sit in front of muffins and doughnuts all day long without exuding a whimper. But let me walk into a diner and see a case full of fruit pies and I will hyperventilate. This is the ninth time in my life that I've baked something sweet. Seriously. I want that to change, though, now that I'm blogging about food. I tried my hand at a peach cobbler this time. I didn't make my own crust (it would have been disastrous), and I used organic, frozen peaches (because fresh, organic peaches not in season).
Spices and Poetry
I gathered, measured, and grated the spices I would use: the ginger, the cardamom, and other pie-centric spices. Having the right spice for a dish is like having the right word for a poem. So, I organize my spice rack to optimize my changes of putting my hand on the right spice at the right time (don't be impressed; the rest of the house is chaos).
Whole nutmeg (foreground), ground nutmeg, cinnamon, and green cardamom
Ready made whole-wheat crusts, unbleached sugar, peaches, wine
At the last minute, I decided to cut shapes for the pie top
Peachy Spiced Cobbler Recipe
30 ounces of frozen, organic peaches (3 10-ounce packages)
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground, green cardamom
1/8 teaspoon of allspice
1-1/2 cup of sugar (organic, unbleached if possible)
1/2 juiced Meyer lemon (or regular lemon)
1 ounce of Zinfandel wine
1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
2 9-inch, whole-wheat pie crusts
1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar (a natural, crystallized sugar)
1 tablespoon of powdered sugar
18 raspberries and 6 sprigs of mint (optional, for garnish)
- Thaw peaches and place in a large, glass bowl.
- Add all spices and the vanilla and stir gently.
- Add sugar, lemon juice, and wine; stir mixture until sugar is dissolved.
- Spoon mixture into one of the pie shells until three-quarters full.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes from the bottom of the second pie crust.
- Space shapes from the crust evenly on top of the peach mixture.
- Beat one egg for an egg wash; brush pie crust edges and on top of each pie-crust shape with the egg wash.
- Sprinkle turbinado sugar on top of each pie-crust shape.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Allow cobbler to cool for 10 minutes, then spoon into bowls and garnish with raspberries and mint.
Thank you Richelle of Beer. Butter. Bacon for listing me as one of five food bloggers for the Liebster Award. (Liebster means "dearest" in German.) This award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers whose sites are considered "up and coming." I'm honored to receive the Liebster Award and will display the banner proudly. This is a "pay-it-forward" type of award, so to continue the trend, I am giving the Liebster Award to the following up-and-coming blogs:
- Mama with Flavor--www.mamawithflavor.blogspot.com
- House of Annie--www.houseofannie.com
- Dulch Dough--www.dulcedough.com
- Within the Kitchen--www.withinthekitchen.blogspot.com
- Keep It Luce--www.keepitluce.com
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- Thank your Liebster Award presenter on your blog.
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