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Summertime treat – Peach Cobbler Recipe

Last Saturday I found fresh Georgia peaches at the Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market and was inspired to bake an old Southern treat, with a kick! For those lazy summer days spent sipping iced tea on the front porch, take a moment and indulge in this peach cobbler recipe.

I borrowed this recipe from Paula Deen, then modified it a bit to add a little new southern flair to this old-fashioned treat (see my recipe below). Can you hear the banjos twanging yet?I let the peaches ripen for a few days, and wanted to add fresh mint to cut the sweetness, but all we had was basil, so I figured it was time to get fancy!It’s amazing how simple it is to make a cobbler, no kneading the dough or sprinkling a rolling pin with flour. Just LOTS of butter, some flour & the usual baking necessities. In the summertime, I say simplicity is key.While the peaches were simmering I added the sprigs of basil and just couldn’t resist pouring in a splash of bourbon. Something about peaches just beg to be paired with bourbon!Beautiful, gooey & juicy finale. Add a bit of whipped cream and don’t forget to share!

Cat’s Peach Cobbler With a Twist:

Ingredients
•    4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
•    2 cups sugar, divided
•    1/2 cup water
•    8 tablespoons butter
•    1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
•    1 1/2 cups milk
•    Ground cinnamon, optional
•    4-5 sprigs of fresh basil, chopped
•    juice from 1/2 a lemon
•    1 teaspoon Bourbon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. While simmering, add the chopped basil, bourbon and lemon juice. Remove from the heat.

Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream

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