11:20 First thing first, I need to clean up the kitchen. This should take a good 30 minutes. Last night's dinner dishes have been joined by this morning's breakfast and it's a mess!
11:42 My kitchen is no longer a health hazard so I can get to work. Eep! I forgot the water is on in the vegetable garden....brb.
11:47 Water is off. Husband is mowing the lawn. I offered to carry the grass clippings up with me. Dear husband asked that I rake all the leaves the chickens scratched out of the grass. I declined. Leaf blower is roaring outside. I'm sweaty and need a Diet Coke.
11:49 Let's get started. I use the pastry recipe and pie recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Copyright 1968. I bought it in an antique store for $10. My mom has always said that women should know how to make homemade pastry and real mashed potatoes. I'm inclined to agree with her.
The recipe calls for:
- 2c sifted flour
- 1t salt
- 2/3 c shortening (I usually use 1/2 lard 1/2 Crisco, but I don't have any lard today)
- 5-7T icy cold water
Kristin bakes a peach cobbler
12:01 For this, I'm going to prepare the fruit first since the topping won't take that long to whip up.
12:07 I'm scalding the peaches so their skins slip off easily. While I wait for the water to boil, I'll sift the dry ingredients for the topping. Let's double the recipe while we're at it.
- 2 c flour
- 4T sugar
- 3t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
12:16 Preheat oven to 400.
12:18 Yell at the kids to stop standing everywhere I need to be. Where is Daddy!? Then I break up the use of a braided belt as nunchucks.
12:24 I need 8 cups of sliced peaches and I just discovered that these peaches are cling-stones. This is going to take a while.
12:42 Halfway there and I am cursing the existence of cling-stone peaches. Not only does all the flesh stick to the pit, but all the pits crack in half leaving bits of nut on the flesh that I have to cut away to avoid a crunchy surprise in the cobbler.
12:59 That officially qualified as Not Fun. Now what do we add to these things?
In a saute pan, cook the following until thick and bubbly:
- 3T corn starch
- 1/2 t ground mace
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1 c water
- I added 1/2 t vanilla too. What could it hurt?
Pour fruit in 9x12 pan. Spoon topping over and bake 20-25 min.
1:24 The thing is finally in the oven! Yes, it took me 2 hours to prepare a peach cobbler. *incomprehensible muttering about cling-stone peaches*
1:30 The chickens enjoyed the scraps. Who knew they'd eat peach skins? Back to square one...cleaning up this kitchen.
1:49 And it's done! Who says dessert can't come before dinner?