Maybe you spent your weekend relaxing, swimming , road tripping, binge-watching your favorite Netflix series or caravanning your kids to the next activity.
My Saturday was spent with 2 close friends and my hubby at our local Annual Peach Festival in Weatherford Texas . We headed out rather early because the Texas heat is enough to make you think you are visiting the devil himself in Hell. That being said we wanted to get a head start before it became hot as hades.
A little history about this historical event, this year 2016 marks the 32nd Annual Peach festival it takes place every second Saturday in July.
It is a great event that the City of Weatherford Texas coordinates along with the Parker County Police Department, Fire fighters, EMS and traffic officers.
It is a one day event where last year 45,000 folks attended!
There are vendor booths galore filled with boutique clothing, homemade soaps, Texas Vintage items, rustic home furnishings and decor, local honey and pecans that are native to Texas, produce that is locally grown like Parker County Peaches. There were also booths available for pet adoptions , so a lucky dog or cat can have a furr-ever home!
Food vendors galore, here you can find an extra, extra-large corn dog, homemade potato chips, peach ice cream, peach cobbler, fried oreo’s, beignets, boudin, pork skins (made in front of you) snow cones, peach tea, you name it is here, especially if it is fried you definitely can find it here at the Parker County Peach Festival.
At the Festival there is quite a variety of kid activities. I witnessed a bubble being blown up with an air compressor and a kid inside the bubble, once blown up the kid is pushed into a pool with water where the kiddos can navigate the bubble around in the pool while on top of the water, I thought this was really cool.
We walked the streets and visited many vendor booths and made a few purchases, I made it a point to get my peaches as I do every year. The lines to purchase the peaches were super long, but we found a vendor who didn’t have quite such a long line and I went to picking out my peaches.
We finished the day out a little before noon, we needed to get out of there to escape the massive crowds of those coming in and to get out of the heat; the Texas heat will zap any life you have right out of you.
I arrived home and knew what I wanted to do with the Peaches, You guessed a Southern Homemade peach cobbler! I would like to share with you the process of making your own Southern Peach Cobbler.
First I gathered my ingredients 2 pounds of peaches, I use fresh (always better for flavor) frozen can be used. I usually go ahead and preheat the oven at the very start of any recipe while I am cooking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees for the dumpling squares, what is that you say? You will see as we go, it is good yumminess in your cobbler– especially of you like the crust of the cobbler!
Now that you have preheated the oven, slice your peaches and set aside.
You will want to begin making the dough, from scratch!
- Add 2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl, then add the butter flavored shortening, I used a fork and a knife to incorporate the two ingredients together, however a pastry cutter or dough hooks is highly recommended here because this can get rather messy and the dough will stick. But don’t fret if you do not have a pastry cutter or dough hooks, mixing the two ingredients can still be done using a knife and fork.
- Once the dough is the constitency of crumbs add in a 1/3 cup of cup water.
- Form the dough into a ball and place back in the mixing bowl with it wrapped in cellophane wrap and refrigerate for 45 min.While the dough is in the fridge, begin go prepare your peaches. I used a stock pot for the process. Add the sliced peaches to the large stock pot.
- Add the water, sugar cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar, on medium heat.
5. Once the mixture begins to bubble, add 1 stick of butter, vanilla ( I make my vanilla from scratch another blog ) and stir, but be careful not to damage the slices of peaches by excess stirring- it can become mushy.
6. Add 3 tablespoons of flour into a small mixing bowl with 1/2 cup water, gently stir into the peach mixture, for thickness, give the stock pot a gentle stir and reduce the heat to low.
7. Remove the dough from the fridge and cut the dough in half , replace the other half back ino the fridge. Rollout the dough and cut into 1 inch squares. Bake the one inch squares for 10 minutes in 375 degree oven on a cookie sheet.
8. Pour the peach mixture from the stock pot into a 13×9 inch pan. Once the one inch squares are done fold into the peach mixture.
9. Remove from the refrigerator the other half of the dough and roll out on a flat surface, using a thin coat of flour on your space so that the dough does not stick.
10. Once rolled out cut the dough into strips.
11. Place the dough strips on top of the peach mixture, lattice style. Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Let it cool down and serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. The cobbler was super fun to make and more fun to eat! Not really that pretty but it sure eats good!
Please comment on your thoughts and when you have tried this recipe!
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