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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Peach Cobbler

It's totally Harvest time here in the Valley of Nova Scotia. I wish that I could say I actually went out to pick these peaches myself. This would mean that we got out of the city, went on a road trip and spent time in the lovely orchards of NS (which I love to do) with my kiddies in tow. But no I got these at the grocery store, don't they still look delicious anyways.
So after peeling, pitting and whipping ingredients together here's the final product. Can you believe I have never made a Peach Cobbler before. It really is a tasty treat. I think this recipe is going to be added to my recipe box of stuff I love. Here I put whip cream on top of it. We also had some french vanilla ice cream and I think I liked that better on it. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

Here's the recipe if you want to try it yourself. If you do come back and let me know what you though of it. We'll definitely be making it again.

Peach Cobbler

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1 egg slightly beaten
1/4 milk

Whip topping or ice cream ( optional )

For the base, in a saucepan combine brown sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook and stir until it thickens and bubbles. Add the almond extract. Stir in the lemon juice, butter and peaches. Keep these warm while you get the topping ready.

For the topping, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the 1/4 cup butter until it resembles crumbs. In a separate bowl combine egg and milk and whisk it. Add to the flour mixture until it is just moisten do not over mix.

Pour the peaches into a 9x13 baking pan then spoon on the topping in 6 mounds over the peaches. Bake at 400 F for about 20 min. Makes 6 servings.
Oh and "Buddy Boy" wanted to help with the whipped topping so I put him to work. No no this isn't child labour he got paid double for his work. He got to lick both beaters when he was done. Isn't that the best part of any recipe!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blueberry Goodness

Summer is my most favourite time of year to get creative. I love being outside, I love gardening, I love picking stuff. This is the stuff I happened to pick this time. We picked for several hours at a country farm local to my in laws place in the south shore of Nova Scotia. I also got stung by something funky and my hand swelled like crazy, (you should ask me what the benadryl did to me) but really that's a story for another time and place. Back to the blueberries. I've picked lots of stuff throughout my life but never blueberries. I'd do it again, only if what ever stung me promises to not do it again, oh and the old lady who own the place needs to not get so upset with me when I don't quite clean the bush off to her standards. It was my first time you know.
As my hand and index finger continued to swell and start to tingle I began cleaning the berries and getting them ready for the freezer. That's when I realized that I still had some Liquid Certo left from the strawberry jam I made earlier this summer. So that's when I though I'm going to try to make blueberry jam. The recipe I used is the one found inside the certo box. Doesn't it look so yummy!! Well let me tell you it was.
My finger didn't have much feeling in it by the end of the night but I wasn't going to let what ever bit me take me down. If any of you come for a visit I might give you a taste. I also tried a new Maritime Blueberry Buckle recipe. It was pretty darn good too.


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