Sunday, July 3, 2016

Peach Cobbler Recipe and a Boo Knits Shawl!

Peach cobber is an old fashioned taste of summer that is as good today as ever it was!  And with peaches in peak season this is the perfect time to try this dessert.  Rest assured that unlike some shortcakes and other fruit recipes that can be dried out, doughy or otherwise a disappointment a cobbler is a wonderfully moist dessert.  It has a light crust that is perfect for absorbing juice but retaining a bit of crunch too.  If you've never tried this old time summer classic you are in for a treat. 

Another tasty selling point (in case you aren't sold yet) is that a cobbler is a fast and easy dessert to prepare and guaranteed to be a hit with little fuss and none of the additional work of making a pie crust. Not that I'm against pies or making a pie crust.  It's just that making a pie crust can be tricky for those who don't regularly make them.  And there is an extra margin of work that goes into making a pie crust.  Happily peaches, simply put, work particularly well in a cobbler and it's easy.  So I hope you will try and enjoy this recipe.

Peach Cobbler Recipe


5 or 6 large fresh peaches sliced into thin wedges (or quantity needed to line a pie dish)
1 to 2 tbs. sugar (depending on how sweet your peaches are)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cornstarch
Dash or two nutmeg (to taste)

Biscuit Topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/4 cup boiling water


1  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Toss peaches with sugar, almond extract, cornstarch, and nutmeg.

2. Pour peaches into a pie plate or similar sized baking dish and cook for 15 minutes (peaches should be good and hot and starting to cook through - you can even give them an extra minute or two).

3.  While peaches are baking, make topping.   Begin by stirring together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Blend in butter with pastry cutter, knifes or finger tips until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Stir in boiling water until just combined (this will look like pancake batter).

4.  Remove peaches from oven and drop spoonfuls of biscuit topping over them (topping will spread as it bakes).  Baking for approximately 25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

This is wonderful still warm from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Recipe adapted from this Epicurious Recipe.

A Boo Knits Shawl ~

It's bright alright and I've decided that's a good thing. This is my new Heaven Scent Shawlette and to be perfectly honest I would never have chosen this yarn colorway if left to my own devices.  But I happened to see Twisted Fiber Art had suffered losses from a fire and was selling a limited edition colorway in a fund-raising effort and I wanted to help out. It was only because the yarn was so fabulously soft and luscious that I was motivated to knit it at all.  And yet. Now that I have this summer shawlette I couldn't be more thrilled with it.  The colors are perfect for summer evenings and despite my reservations this colorway really works.  Somehow.  It just goes to show that sometimes you have to be open to whatever comes your way without prejudging.

This is a single skein of gradient colors that are so popular now with many new patterns being written to showcase their beauty.  But I chose to knit a classic design that is designed for a solid colorway with a yarn that has a lot more drape than mine had (all suggested yarns had a silk component).  So despite neither having a solid color yarn or a particularly good drape with my yarn I somehow knew this was the right pattern for me. Albeit I did creatively block it to better suit my yarn choice which I think is an important factor.  Because I've written about creatively blocking shawls before I won't repeat myself here. Suffice it to say that the edging of this shawl would look completely different if blocked according to the pattern design schematics.  But I think the soft rolling edge really suits this yarn.  Whether or not the designer would agree I do not know!

Particulars:  Heaven Scent (from the Close to You Collection) designed by the Boo Knits (a phenom designer and newbie blogger The Yarn Room); US 6 & 7 needles; 1 skein Twisted Fiber Art, Arial Evolution (light fingering / 100% merino), Phoenix (limited edition colorway), 480 yrds.  This shawlette was creatively blocked to suit the gradient yarn I used.  For more information on how to creatively block your shawls to best suit your personality and yarn choice see my post on the Lunna Voe Shawl. Incidentally, I should mention that while I call this a shawlette the yardage I used is very generous (480 yrds) and if I had blocked this differently I could have made it much larger. Oh, and I should also mention that I skipped adding beads as I thought my yarn was bling enough.

N.B. Yes, that's my Jordana Paige Bella knitting bag in the picture above.  Love it!

Until next time be well and love well and spend lots and lots of time outside enjoying these warm summer evenings and delicious fruit cobblers ~


Anonymous said...

Without looking at that previous post just yet,did you creatively decide not to block the blue edging? In the picture it almost looks like Pom Poms. In my long gone beading days I envisioned an amulet bag using precisely that colorway of your shawl. Even though they were not "my colors" I loved how they reminded me of the setting sun and I found it very uplifting. And thank you for that peach cobbler recipe. Gotta make that, Claudia! Chloe

Claudia Bugh said...

Chloe the edge "pom poms" are what is called a picot bind off. If I hadn't creatively blocked this the edging would have resembled a series of points comprising about 4 or 5 pattern rows.... shaped almost like rounded domes and/or steeples with the picot being the point. With this bright yarn and gradient colors I thought it would have been "too busy" a finish. I hope you enjoy the cobbler Chloe! Thank you for your nice comment ~

Anonymous said...

Claudia, thank you for explaining this really cool idea. I will keep it in the back of my mind. I already have all the ingredients for the cobbler in my pantry -- just missing the ripe peaches. Not finding them at the supermarket where they are all rock hard. Looks like there will be a trip to the Farmer's Market! Chloe said...

Beautiful!! I've finally started knitting again. Going to check this pattern out as it looks so pretty, interesting and not overwhelming!
Take care
Glad to see you are still posting