Appalachian Thursday–Fresh Peaches

Peaches!Peaches are at their peak here in Western North Carolina. A neighbor brought us some from the farmer’s market earlier this week and I’ve been enjoying them every day.

You may have noticed that peaches are prominent on the cover of Miracle in a Dry Season. I’ll tell you a secret. I wasn’t all that keen on the peaches when I first saw the cover. They’re gorgeous, but when I see peaches I think of Georgia not West Virginia. I would’ve pictured apples or maybe brown eggs in that apron.

But now I LOVE the peaches. They’re so lush and they almost seem to glow. Plus, Perla makes a peach cobbler. And we did have a peach tree on the farm in WV. Yes, Appalachian peaches!

My friend and chef Dale Hawkins of Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave, WV, supplied me with a recipe for Perla’s Peach Cobbler. If you, too, have an abundance of the fruit, I highly recommend trying it this weekend. Preferably with some freshly churned ice cream on top.

Perla’s Peach Cobbler
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup milk
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 cups sliced fresh peaches

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt butter in a 9×9 baking dish. Blend flour, baking powder, sugar, and milk. Pour batter in baking dish over melted butter. Sprinkle peaches on top of the batter. Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. Serve warm with freshly whipped cream or homemade vanilla ice cream.

6 thoughts on “Appalachian Thursday–Fresh Peaches

  1. I love the cover of your book. It’s in my stack to read. I’m a librarian so it may take a while for me to get to it. I baked a peach cobbler yesterday. My recipe is very similar to yours. We call it “The Three Cuppa” 1 cup self-rising flour, one stick butter, one cup sugar, one cup milk and for the star of the recipe – 2 cups peaches. Bake one hour. It’s so easy, even I can do it.

    1. The cover is pretty gorgeous! I know about that TBR stack–I have one that could topple and bury the dog. Yup, a stick of butter is always a good place to start with any recipe!

  2. I wouldn’t have been thrilled at peaches on a book cover either, since we have an orchard of peach trees and I grew up with large amounts of rapidly ripening fruit becoming sticky in boxes all over the kitchen! Peaches have a short shelf life. 😛

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