Friday, July 20, 2012

Blueberry Peach Cobbler




Are you still still enjoying all the bounty of summer's fresh fruits and vegetables?  I combined two of my summer favorites, peaches and blueberries, to make this fabulous cobbler.  I love the convenience of making food in a cast iron skillet, both stove top or in in the oven, as I think everything looks cozy and homey cooked this way. The skillet also serves as the serving piece, so it's perfect for an informal gathering or family meal. Just make sure you wrap a tea towel or an oven mitt around the handle and use a hot plate underneath when serving, as the cast iron retains heat for a long time. I have an entire Pinterest folder devoted to a collection of cast iron skillet recipes that you can see on this link. This is where I found the idea for this cobbler recipe.  It is a Martha Stewart recipe for a Blueberry Apricot Cobbler, but I modified the recipe to substitute peaches for the apricots.


Blueberry Peach Cobbler
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe

Ingredients:




  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • Four to five large ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1 1/4 cups blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup cold heavy cream, plus more for brushing
  • Sanding sugar (optional)
                                      
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with racks in middle and lower thirds. In a large bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Stir in peaches and blueberries. Spread mixture into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  2. In a food processor, pulse remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Add heavy cream and pulse 2 or 3 times until combined.
  3. Spoon batter in 8 mounds on fruit mixture. Press lightly on tops to flatten, brush with heavy cream, and sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
  4. Bake on middle rack, with a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet on lower rack to catch drips, until biscuits are golden and juices bubble in center, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Serve warm or at room temperature


The blueberry peach combination was sweet juicy and delicious, and the cream biscuit topping was flaky, tender and so flavor full! This was a quick and easy dessert to make and a wonderful way to enjoy these summer fruits and berries.  It can be stored two days at room temperature, and if you don't have a cast iron skillet you can prepare this in a two quart baking dish instead.



Are you like me and use your iPad to follow an online recipe as you cook?  A gadget I have been enjoying lately is this Belkin Chef Stand and and Stylus made for the iPad 2.  The soft rubber lined holder holds the ipad securely either horizontally or vertically, and the rubber tipped stylus is perfect to use to scroll the screen when my fingers are messy from food preparation.  The magnetic tip on the wand works with any touchscreen, and can also be used to wake up an iPad 2. I love it!  This stand was a birthday gift, and I am not in any way being compensated by this company, but I thought I'd pass along the wonderful function ability of this stand for iPad users.  I love having a virtual cookbook at my fingertips, and it makes viewing and following all your wonderful blog recipes on my tiny kitchen counter easier this way!


On a sad note, the news from Aurora, Colorado this morning was unbelievably tragic and horrific. My thought and prayers are with the victims and their families.



I am linking this post to the following blog events: Foodie Friday, Seasonal Sunday, Mom Trends Friday Food, Mosaic Monday, Blue Monday,What's On the Menu Monday.  Thank you to all the blog hosts!

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54 comments:

ellen b. said...

Hubby told me about what happened in Aurora when I got up this morning. Very sad and tragic for sure.
That blueberry peach cobbler looks delicious. That would be a nice combination. I used the bulk of my blueberries and dumped them in my Smirntopf! (Rumtopf)
Have a great weekend Pat!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Yes, my iPad has totally replaced any cookbooks I had in my cupboard. I just love using it...for example...I'm going into my newly decorated kitchen and making your recipe right from your blog sometime today....and I'll be thinking of you the entire time. ! I think that is so amazing....!

ciao bella
I wish I could reach through the screen and bite into your yummy cobbler!

creative carmelina

Barbara F. said...

Looks good! I need to update my electronics. Great stuff. xo

Snap said...

two of my favorite things...blueberries and peaches ... yeehaw!

Vee said...

Certainly the news from Colorado has gripped us all. It's beyond tragic.

The cobbler makes me grin, the presentation makes me grin, the red checkered tea towel makes me grin. I do understand the warning so well as I recently burned myself on the skillet...cat underfoot...long story. I'm fully recovered now, but will be making some of those quilted holders for the skillet handle. It should help out.

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

I've followed with interest your cast-iron skillet pins as I've wanted to get a skillet myself. My mom had several when I was a kid. That cobbler looks dee-lish-us!!

Yes, the news from Aurora was a horrible thing to wake up to. My iPhone, which I have on the nightstand, had on the screen an update that just said "14 dead in shooting at Colorado theater." My oldest had gone to the Batman show last night, so it scared the out of me. I clicked and was so horrified but relieved it was in Aurora, not Colorado Springs. Then I remembered my youngest in Denver had today off and might have gone with friends so I had to text her immediately to check on her, as she lives just outside of Aurora and that may be her theater of choice. She hadn't gone. What a horrible tragedy. So many young folks there and such sadness for the families.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Oh...that cobbler looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

And yes...how sad to hear the news from Colorado this morning. Unbelievable.

Happy@Home said...

The news from Aurora, CO this morning is so heartbreaking. I've been watching the coverage on CNN this afternoon with a sense of shock and sadness.

Your Blueberry Peach Cobbler looks so delicious and I agree with you that it looks especially nice in the cast iron skillet. I've been thinking of buying one for awhile now. Between your recipe and Pinterest board, I think I will be getting one for sure now. :)

Old Kitty said...

Oh Pat! I was about to email you to see if your family in Colorado are ok! I'm still totally gobsmacked by what's happened. I mean people should be able to go to the cinema without such tragic consequences. It is too sad. :-(

Take care
x

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, that was sooo sad. I just cannot imagine what motivates some people to do such violence to others. Prayers for Aurora.

LOVE blueberries and peach! YUM! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Pat. Glad you will be seeing your loves soon!! xoxo ~ tanna

Riet said...

What a great recipe Pat . I got my iPad since a few weeks and I love it good idea to use it for all my recipes. I just heard a little about the shooting the news I will follow later.happy pink Saturday

Riet said...

What a great recipe Pat . I got my iPad since a few weeks and I love it good idea to use it for all my recipes. I just heard a little about the shooting the news I will follow later.happy pink Saturday

Arlenesfelt said...

Wow, this post was chock full! From fruit cobbler to cool i-pad stands, and all the sad places in between.

I just ordered the chefs stand! I have really been needing that. I am straight to my ipad for whatever I want to make, even if I might have a recipe in one of my books. Thanks for the tip. One for you is La Tartine Gourmande. Beautiful cook book.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The cobbler looks great Pat! I love my cast iron too, so I'm off to check out your pins:@)

Theanne said...

wow Pat that looks yummy-licious! love fresh fruit cobblers! I'm going to look you up on Pinterest!

pam said...

I need to check out that iPad stand. I found a non magnetic cover so I don't have to worry about dirty fingers making a mess. I love my recipes on the iPad instead of printing them out and collecting them in a box or a folder. Your cobbler looks yummy.
I can't even imagine what the people in the Denver area are going through. It's been a rough bit here for that state. I'm thankful for the peace God gave me as we are moving our daughter out there next week. She will be quite a ways from Aurora but really "ugly" can happen anywhere. I pray peace and healing for all involved.

Claudia said...

This is just what I need as a midsummer treat. Just beautiful - and uses all the summer bounty. I will be back blogging in earnest in August but appreciate your e-mail and comments on my blog, Pat. My mom didn't really ever understand what I was doing with the blog! Had to smile when you noted them in heaven musing about their blogging-daughters! Yes, prayers and peace for Aurora,

Ciao Chow Linda said...

First to comment about Aurora and the horror of it all. How do these people think? there is definitely something askew in that guy's brain. What a tragedy for those families. To think you're going to the movies and then never come out alive. just a sad, sad day.
Your cast-iron skillet concoction looks fabulous Pat, and I just checked out your Pinterest page on cast-iron creations. Wow, you have been busy. I'm going back to spend more time (I'll need hours) just with your pins. By the way, I have a peach upside down cake in a cast-iron skillet on my blog, if you're so inclined to add it to the group.
I also have one of those i-pad holders but I completely forget to use it. I have to go drag it out after reading how you love it so.

Kathleen said...

That looks delicious! I picked up some peaches and blueberries so dh can make muffins in the morning.
Can't wait!
Enjoy the weekend!

Mary said...

Pat~ Your cobbler looks delicious...I love peaches and blueberries together! I'm hopping over to follow your cast iron skillet pins! Your iPad stand & stylus is perfect for recipe viewing while cooking :)

Betsy Adams said...

Oh My Goodness ---that cobbler looks delicious... I'd definitely put some vanilla ice cream on the top..... YUM.....

The CO news today is very sad... Makes me cry for those people.

Have a nice weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Betsy Brock said...

Yum. I love that fruit combination! So beautiful, too! I can almost smell it!

Carol said...

Great looking cobbler, Pat. It looks delicious. Cool gadget for the iPad. I use mine in the kitchen but I have a different thing, it's a cabinet mount from Belkin. I like yours with the stylus!

Chatty Crone said...

All my recipes are on the computer these days too. May I tell you that looked beautiful and so delicious. Wish I could eat more sweets. I love them. sandie

diane b said...

This post is full of good ideas as well as mouth watering pics. My friend has one of those stands and we thought what a good idea but haven't bought one yet. maybe a Christmas present for the chef.

Pondside said...

That looks good enough to eat for breakfast!

LDH said...

What a delicious looking cobbler! Wow! Thanks for sharing

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a delicious-looking cobbler, Pat! I love the combination of blueberries and peaches in it. I've never tried making one in a cast iron skillet but I've got to try it after seeing your pics.

Yes, what a tragedy and sad waste of a brilliant mind that could have been used to save lives instead of taking them.

Susie said...

Pat....What, no ice cream with the cobbler??:):) Wow that looks so good, like something my mommy would have made. She loved her skillet. Smiles, Susie
p.s. Thoughts and prayers for the people of Aurora.

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

wow that looks incredible! love me some blueberries!

Ola said...

very nice! I am trying to use fruits as much as possibe now!

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Houseelf said...

It looks delicious! I told hubby about the tech.
Yes we heard the Aurora news too. There are some very sick people in the world.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Pat, how did you know I've just put fresh blueberries in the freezer? Just sitting and waiting for the perfect recipe to come along. This is it and I plan to use it next week. It looks delicious. I love your new gadget for the ipad. I'll have to look into that! Enjoy your Sunday.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Paula's Postings said...

Very sad news about Aurora my thoughts are with the families. On a lighter note your cobbler looks scrumptious.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I ran to get a fork. I just wanted to dive right in. Looks so delicious. Valerie

Tracy said...

The terrible event in Aurora, CO has been very unnerving, so horribly sad... Soon metal detectors & security will be needed for folks to just go to the movies. What's happening with the world? *SIGH*... But lovely to see your cheerful, delicious cobbler, Pat. Thank you for the recipe! I've not made a cobbler in a very long time. I have an iPad2 on my wish list for end of year--can't wait! Happy Days ((HUGS))

GrandmaK said...

It looks just so yummy!!! We have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Colorado and are so saddened by the tragedy that occurred there! Wishing you well!! Cathy

Rajesh said...

This is definitely delicious.

Cucina49 said...

I love a good cobbler with summer fruit. The combination of peaches and blueberries is perfection!

Donna said...

The cobbler looks delicious, Pat! I love both peaches and blueberries!

Hugs,
Donna

Jo said...

Looks so good Pat,I had to pin to my pinterest too.

Roz said...

Thanks for the heads up on the iPad gadget / stand to use in the kitchen. Why can't I think of something like that?, is what I always say. I still do love, love, love, my paper and binder cookbooks along with my iPad2. I agree, blueberries and peaches are great partners and your version of this recipe looks delightful! I've got a stack of newly printed peach recipes this summer including this one!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your cobbler looks delicious Pat. There's something so comforting about cobblers that remind me of my childhood.
Sam

Jeri ~ said...

Looks DELICIOUS!!

elsie said...

looks delicious my mouth is totally watering!!

GailO said...

I love cooking in my cast iron pans...will have to check out your pin! Love all your pins!

Sheila said...

The cobbler looks delicious! We just went to Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers and he had a fancy IPad stand that he turned easily from side to side. He explained it had his playlist on it and besides it gave him a chance to check his email once in awhile. the concert was fabulous!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Looks fantastic and I could do with some right now!

Amish Stories said...

Wow that looks like a very tasty one, thank you for the recipe. Richard

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My, that does look so yummy!!!

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Pat,
This looks so delicious. We had blueberry pie for dinner and I was trying to think of what to do with the lovely blueberries in season. Thanks for the recipe and gorgeous photographs.
Karen

podso said...

Just catching up after being away. I do love saving recipes on my iPad, such as from blogs ... and I happen to have a sturdy cover that is like a notebook and has a stand so the recipe is visible and easy to read. I just love using the iPad for recipes --- it saves copying them or clipping them out of a magazine. Presto, they are there and being lighted up on the screen makes them even easier to read! Yea for technology! By the way your cobbler looks delicious!

backroadjournal said...

Your cobbler is a true taste of summer.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Peaches, blueberries, and cobbler...what could be better! Thank you for sharing this good looking recipe. I do like using my cast iron pan for baking. Your pictures are beautiful!