blueberry and peach cobbler

When I was growing up, in the same house I always lived in, across the street lived the J family. We had six kids and they had five. The ages of the children staggered a bit, whereby a baby was born about once a year between our two houses.

All these years (decades) later, and Mr. and Mrs. J still live across from my parents. They are simply the best neighbors in the world — hands down.

Here’s an example of their kindness and neighborliness: Back in the fall my sisters and I surprised our parents with an unannounced weekend at their house. Three of us flew in from various parts of the country and the fourth sister lived close enough to pick us all up at the airport, then drove us the two hours to our family home. We arrived late one Friday night, and soon after, the news of our surprise was posted on a popular social networking site. Mrs. J heard about it from that site and before I had showered on Saturday morning she brought over two fresh from the oven homemade desserts for us to enjoy over the weekend.

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Years ago while visiting my parents one summer, we all went berry picking. Later we were thinking up recipes for all the berries and Mrs. J suggested making a fruit cobbler. I had never made one before (I’m a pie-girl), so I took her recipe and added it to my collection. That recipe now comes out very frequently, especially this time of year, when blueberries are fresh and plentiful.

You can make this cobbler with any type of fruit, and I’ve tried a few combinations. My favorite all time cobbler combination is blueberry and peach. Amazingly delicious!

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Fruit Cobbler

*Note: I’m listing three sets of ingredient lists for this recipe. First is Mrs. J’s original recipe, which doesn’t list a certain quantity of fruit — whatever amount fits well in the baking dish will work! Then the one I tend to make most of the time. And finally, the one I made today, which is pretty much a doubled version of the original and has tons of the batter topping — but beware, if you use this doubled version you must use a large enough pan. I should have used a 9×13 pan but instead the pan I used today wasn’t large enough (it was deep, which is not the best for a double cobbler) and therefore the dough was too thick on top.

Mrs. J’s recipe…

In a 9×9 baking dish, fill with cut up fruit of your choice. Sprinkle the fruit with 2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

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Sift together:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

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Add:

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, softened

Beat until smooth. Spoon over the fruit in the 9×9 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with cream or ice cream, if desired.

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My normal recipe…

In a baking dish combine:

4 peaches, peeled and sliced

1 pint blueberries

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

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Sift together:

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

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Add:

3/4 cup milk

6 tablespoons butter, softened

Beat until smooth. Spoon over the fruit in the baking dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm with cream or ice cream, if desired.

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Today’s doubled recipe with lots of the batter part…

In a large baking dish (9×13 or similar) combine:

6 peaches, peeled and sliced

1 1/2 pints blueberries

3 to 4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 to 1 teaspoon nutmeg

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Sift together:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

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Add:

1 cup milk

1/2 cup butter, softened

Beat until smooth.

Spoon over the fruit in the baking dish. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm with cream or ice cream, if desired.

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6 responses to “blueberry and peach cobbler

  1. Where do you live that you have neighbors that do that?!

    I am big into pie – I could have pie for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND dessert – and this is close enough to pie for me – yum!

    • Good neighbors like that exist in my home town in New England — very much small town America (we have a few stop signs, but not one stop light, and everyone knows everyone).

      I am so with you on the pie for every meal… yum!

  2. It really is amazing to think neighbours like that still exist! My parents have had the same folks next door for years and they do get on quite well. But as for desserts, it’s the kindest gesture 🙂 I bet you really enjoyed being home!

    Blueberries are a fave too, I really need to use them more often and cobbler seems to be the way to go.

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