The Best Peach & Blueberry Cobbler
Forget everything you know about what a cobbler should look like or taste like. No biscuits on top of the fruit here, I use pie crust instead. The filling includes two special ingredients that help bring out the fresh flavor of the fruits. This is an easy dessert to make for your family or friends, it's light and sweet and truly celebrates a Northwest harvest.
5-6 peaches, peeled and sliced (Don't feel like peeling peaches? Substitute nectarines and leave the skins on.)
1 cup organic blueberries
A squeeze from a fresh lemon (about 1 tsp lemon juice)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp powdered sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2-4 tbsp cold water
1 tbsp milk
1 tbsp sugar mixed with a dash of pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 400°
Prepare crust. Place flour, salt and powdered sugar in a medium-sized bowl, mix. Add shortening and combine to create a soft, crumbly dough. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time and mix until the dough holds together easily. Pat into a round, flat circle.
Place dough on top of waxed paper dusted with flour. Top dough with another dusting of flour and add another layer of waxed paper. Use your rolling pin to roll out the crust between the two sheets of waxed paper. Carefully remove top sheet of waxed paper, then use a cookie cutter and make about a 12-15 small, shapes with the rolled-out dough.
Slice and dice peaches into a medium sized bowl. Add 1 cup of rinsed blueberries. Add squeeze of lemon, vanilla extract and mix well. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, flour and pumpkin pie spice. Add sugar and flour mixture to fruit and toss.
Scoop fruit filling mixture into a 9" pie plate and top with crust shapes. To help with browning, brush each piece of crust dough with a little milk and sprinkle with additional sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
Bake for 45 - 50 minutes or until the crust is nicely browned and the filling is hot and bubbly. Serve with a mint sprig as a garnish.
This recipe is a hat-tip to my Auntie Faye. She lives in the Yakima Valley in Washington State and she does a stellar job of harvesting fresh fruit from her backyard and creating amazing desserts. I've added a few twists of my own, but this is truly an Auntie's Favorite!