Sunday, August 19, 2007

Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

After we cranked out a really nice roasted whole chicken and vegetables (and gravy, hello) Karen got in the mood to bake. Yes, Karen, my wife. That Karen. Yes, I know.

Yes, KAREN. Ok? You can let it go now.

Anyway, she hit it out of the park. Ryan and myself were all over it, and declared that Karen should make it "every day!". Props for recipe to Alton Brown (Good Eats), but Karen made some alterations (rhubarb replaced with blueberries, lime replaced with lemon, etc.).

Peach-Blueberry Cobbler

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons, plus 1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1/4 teaspoon
4 1/2 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces, plus extra for dish
1 1/2 ounces shortening, chilled and cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons ice water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ½ cup blueberries
2 pounds sliced peaches, peeled and sliced into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish and set aside.

Place the flour, 1-ounce sugar, lemon zest, and 1 teaspoon salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse 3 to 4 times. Add the butter and lard and pulse until the mixture just becomes crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture with the ice water a little at a time and process just until the dough holds together when squeezed in a fist. Place the dough into a 1 gallon zip top bag and place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the 1 cup of sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stir in the blueberries, peaches, and lemon juice.

Remove 1/3 of the dough from the bag, pinch into pieces and distribute evenly in the bottom of the prepared dish. Pour the fruit mixture into the dish and crumble the dough over top of the fruit mixture evenly. Bake, uncovered, for 60 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and starting to turn golden.

*If using frozen fruit, increase cooking time to 90 minutes.

Change the oven setting to broil and continue to cook until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

Lori L. said...

I had the privilege of tasting KAREN'S WORLD-FAMOUS COBBLER and have
only one word for it...WOW!

It was a bitter sweet experience for the taste buds...absolutely
fabulous mixture of flavours!!!

One question - when will a full trough of the stuff make it into work?