To begin, the dishes must be brought together. Like these dishes, grandparents are always in existence before the rest of the family.
Next, fruit combinations of all kinds are made. Sun kissed peaches and blackberries are something to revel in these few months of summer. While perfectly delectable when eaten on their own, they make an excellent combination in this cobbler. Juicy berries add a pop of tart sweetness to the delicate, floral peaches, creating the perfect combination of exquisite greatness.
I don’t know about your family, but in mine, there are definite contrasts in character. Some, like my dad, are kind to a fault while others, like my mom, find joy in the art of a disciplined family. Sarcasm, wit, and dry humor are softened by genuine smiles and gentle embraces. When combined, our personalities meld together, forming the perfect sentiment of a well tempered medley.
Crumbly cobbler dough, like the long-anticipated arrival of extended family, brings everyone under the same roof.
And though we may undergo a bit of heat, it makes us all the more strong. The essence of our unity is enhanced by our harmony in conflict.
We look pretty good, if I do say so myself.
4 c peaches, peeled and sliced
4 c blackberries
1/2 c brown sugar
1 T lemon juice
dash of cinnamon
2 cups flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
¼ cup vegetable shortening
4 tbsp. butter
½ cup milk
Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
1. In a large bowl, combine peaches, berries, sugar, lemon juice, and a dash of cinnamon. Divide amongst 6 gratin dishes or ramekins; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and 1 tbsp. sugar.
3. Add shortening and butter and cut with a pastry blender (or your fingers) until the mixture is coarse.
4. Mix egg and milk together in a small bowl. Pour into the flour mixture, stirring as you go. Mixture should be smooth and not dry, but not overly sticky.
5. Crumble dough over fruit and press down lightly with your fingertips. Sprinkle coarse sugar over top of the dough, if desired.
6. Bake for ~20 minutes or until tops are golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.