We are in the final stretches of summer vacation here. I have to say I am somewhat relieved but also somewhat saddened by it’s coming to an end. I’ve had a difficult time finding balance this summer and trying to find activities that will make both boys happy, keeping myself interested and engaged and fitting those things in with their sports and other organized activities. I’m not really sure where the summer went to be honest. It seemed like in the beginning we had an endless summer stretched out before us and now it’s wrapping up I’m not sure we accomplished much. The weather has also been really weird too—a little too cool, very wet and somewhat dreary. I am hopeful that as the kids start school and we get back into a routine that we will have a beautiful Indian Summer and that Summer won’t leave us high and dry.
One of the best parts of summer for me is it’s bounty of delicious food. Juicy watermelon, crisp, sweet corn, grilled meats, fuzzy peaches…the essence of summer. Everything is fresh, delicious and simple satisfying meals are what I crave. I haven’t done any cooking posts yet here but I really love to cook and bake. I realized that I haven’t touched on that at all here which is odd because I love food and appreciate nothing more than a well-prepared meal or a scrumptious homemade treat. Cooking has been a wonderful creative outlet for me over the years and I find great satisfaction in putting together a simple but delicious meal for my family or planning a dinner party or birthday party menu for a crowd. I really enjoy perusing food blogs and get a lot of inspiration from them. I in no way intend to make The Picadilly Project a food blog but I am going to start including more food posts since cooking (and eating) are things that I really enjoy.
In an my last ditch effort to hang onto summer just a little longer I’m baking a peach cobbler and sharing it with you. If you’re looking for a simple dessert to bring to a Labor Day picnic this weekend, this is it. It’s simple, delicious, beautiful and it tastes like Summer.
First, you’ll want to slice six small peaches. I peeled three and left three with the skin. I sliced them about 3/8″ thick.
Put them in to a bowl and sprinkle 1/3 cup white sugar on top. Add a dash of salt and stir.
Put the sugar-coated peaches into a lightly greased (I used butter) 2-quart casserole dish.
In a separate bowl mix 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt.
In the bowl of your stand-up mixer or a medium sized bowl cream together 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar. Add the egg and 1 tsp. vanilla and beat until well mixed. Add in the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated to form the cobbler dough. It’ll be thick and sticky.
Spread the batter over top of the peaches and sprinkle with some raw sugar (if desired). Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.
Enjoy the wonderful aromas as it cooks—your mouth will be watering for sure! It’s done when the peaches are bubbly at the sides and the cobbler in lightly browned on top. This will take about 35-45 minutes depending on how hot your oven runs. Just keep an eye on it.
Take it out of the oven and allow the cobbler to cool for about a half an hour than top with a little vanilla ice cream and enjoy! Delish!
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