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.

fruit (and veggie) smoothies

This is not so much a recipe … more like a miracle.

My daughter won’t eat a piece of raw fruit unless it’s an apple. And until a couple years ago it had to be a peeled and sliced Granny Smith apple or nothing. She’s since branched out to other varieties of apples, and doesn’t peel them any longer, but that’s still it as far as whole fruits go.

Banana? Only if I pay her. A peach? Never. Strawberries? No way. Not even chocolate covered strawberries! What’s wrong with this girl?!??!

But somehow, and I truly don’t remember when this miracle occurred, but somehow this same girl will make a fruit smoothie every single day. Yes, a smoothie made with fruit. Every. Single. Day. Makes me cry just thinking about it.

Into a blender she’ll put a cup of orange juice, a scoop of plain yogurt, and frozen fruit, and sometimes ice cubes. Usually the fruit selection includes frozen strawberries, peaches, and blueberries. Sometimes she’ll add raspberries,pineapple, and mango if we have them.

One of my best mom moments — you know, when you get that imaginary pat on the back, knowing you’ve done something right — was when my daughter said these words: Mom, next time you go to the store, please buy mangoes and raspberries and any other fruit that looks good. Thanks!

To make this even better, she started tossing in raw veggies into the daily smoothies. And if you think she was picky about fruit, she was even pickier with veggies!

In her smoothies she’s tried different veggies, but usually it’s a few slices of raw carrot. So now my non-fruit and non-veggie eating daughter is consuming fruit and veggies every single day. This is huge people! If you had any idea how many months (*cough* years *cough*) went by when this child ate nothing that wasn’t a nugget or a fry, you’d be as shocked as I have been. To go from #1 Picky Child in America, to having a fruit and veggie smoothie very day, well, that’s a miracle!