Actually, any day is a good day for peach cobbler!! When my mother made peach cobbler, all she had to do was holler that it was out of the oven and I was there, lickety split! Which in itself was odd, because I was a queen even then…Queen of Picky Eaters.
Mother’s cobbler was the kind that had the lattice pasty strips on top of fruit. I loved it. I also loved Underwood’s peach cobbler. Holy moly, was it yummy!! If you don’t know Underwood’s, make a trip to Texas JUST for it. Not only is their cobbler good, but everything else is good too!
Big Boss, the boys and I lived 100 miles west of my hometown for a period of six years, we visited Underwoods OFTEN! Brownwood is kind of in a hole/valley. As you approached the town from the west, there is/ was a huge billboard advertising for Underwoods. As soon as the boys would see the sign, they’d holler “Underwears!!!!”. Then a couple of miles down the road, you’d start going downhill and suddenly all of Brownwood and Underwoods would be at your feet. When I was a kid, I was sure that I lived in the world’s largest town, especially at night when all of the town was lit up. Little did I know..
Anyway, back to peach cobbler…it took me years to perfect the perfect cobbler…argueably! 🙂
Actually, I have two recipes…one quick, one not so. The quick one is wonderful hot…warm up is so-so. But…it IS quick!
This recipe takes a little more time as you make a pastry dough and roll it out. It will forever be my fav. In case you wanted to know! (I’ll post the quick recipe later.) And fresh peaches right out of your or someone’s orchard are best BUT you can use grocery store fruit OR frozen peaches.
The Absolute BEST Peach Cobbler in the World (Seriously, I’m NOT kidding. It’s good.)
Again, with thanks to the Walker Family of Robert Lee, Texas !
4 cups flour
1 1/4 cup Crisco
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup water
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Combine all wet ingredients in large measuring cup. Cut the shortening in with a pastry blender. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and toss together. This may mean getting your hands in the dough and you may need to add a bit more water it it’s dry. I add 1 Tablespoon at a time.
Divide in half and roll out into a large rectangle. Set your large Pyrex pan beside it see if you’re close. I use a 15″ X 10 1/2″ pan. You can use a 9 X 12 but you will have dough left over. Use it to make a 9″ pie plate cobbler OR us a small square disposable foil pan. You can either freeze it or take to a sick neighbor.
Place the pastry in the dish. You may want to trim the sides a bit but it doesn’t matter if it goes up the side of the dish or doesn’t quite cover the corners.
Prepare the peach filling:
2 quarts of peaches…of course, peaches that you have frozen or canned are preferrable to canned, store-bought peaches…you know the ones, but canned will work in a pinch.
Drain 1 cup of the peach juice off the peaches and mix in 1/2 cup flour. I use my handy dandy Pampered Chef thingy for this step…but you can mix it up in a jar with the lid on…just shake it up good.
Place the peaches in a large pot with 1 1/2 cups sugar. ( You may need to adjust the sugar depending on the tartness of your peaches. I add some and taste and keep going till I get it right. If you’re using canned peaches, you probably won’t want as much sugar and will need to reduce the amount to your taste.)
Add the juice/flour mixture and heat on low until the mixture begins to thicken, stirring CONSTANTLY! The stirring thing is important as you don’t want a gloppy, scorched mess in your peaches. They’re too valuable.
Once the peaches are thickened, add one stick of butter…real butter…and stir until the butter is melted.
Pour the peaches into the pan over the pastry.
Roll out another rectangle of pastry and plop in on top of the peaches. Sometimes, I brush cream on top and sprinkle Wilton’s White Sparkling Sugar on top…or regular sugar.
Bake in a 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Grab the vanilla ice cream, plop a spoonful on top of a piece of hot cobbler, and baby, it just doesn’t get any better than this!!