By Martha Thompson, Director of Guest Relations
Ripe peaches bursting with juice and plump blackberries waiting to be plucked—these are some of the simple pleasures of late summer. I love to bake fruit desserts all throughout the year, but peach and blackberry cobblers are two of my favorites and are best in the late summer when the peaches and berries are at their peak.
Cobblers are a deep-dish fruit dessert, very popular in the South. Some versions are topped with pie crust, while others have a drop-biscuit or crumb topping. They are all simple to make and rely more on taste than fancy pastry preparation.
With summer speeding quickly to an end, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite cobbler recipes to help you take advantage of the waning weeks of fresh peach and blackberry season. Trust me—both of these recipes are well worth the calorie splurge!
In late July, I begin watching for fresh picked peaches to arrive at my local grocery store and the farmer's market. Growing up in the South, peaches were a summer staple with our family. They are grown in Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama—all states where you will find reigning Peach Queens, hundreds of roadside peach stands, and even water towers painted like giant peaches!
Regardless of where your peaches are grown, when picking your fruit choose fragrant, unblemished peaches that have a beautiful rosy blush. Because fresh peaches are highly perishable, don't buy more than you plan to use right away. Peaches will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Only refrigerate them when they are ripe, as the fridge will halt ripening. If your peaches still need to ripen, place them on the counter in a paper bag for a couple of days.
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For those of you who would like a quick and simple recipe, in less than an hour you can serve up this easy fresh blackberry cobbler.
Part of my love for baking comes from fond memories of visiting my grandmother during the summer in southern Alabama. Even though the bushes scratched our arms and the juicy blackberries stained our hands, we thought it was such a treat to go blackberry picking and eat them right off the bush! But, my best memories were of the wonderful cobblers, jams and numerous other desserts that Grandma made from scratch using our bowls of fresh-picked blackberries.
When choosing your blackberries, select firm, shiny berries. Sort berries before you store in the fridge and remove any that are bruised or bad. Do not wash blackberries until you are ready to use them. Moisture will hasten the decay of your berries. Blackberries perish quickly, so use fresh-picked or store-bought blackberries as soon as possible.
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