Father’s Day and Peach Cobbler

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Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there who are fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, teachers…any of you men who took the time to nurture, mentor, love, inspire, encourage, and be a role model for a child – whether that child was yours or not.

I know many people have issues with their fathers, for whatever reason. I was blessed with a wonderful father. My Papa was gentle, funny, compassionate, and one heck of a cook. I have posted several posts about him and those of you who have read about him, know the love there was between us. You know there wasn’t an animal or baby that could resist him. church ladies who thought he was the cat’s pajamas, men who called him brother, uncle, and friend with equal love and respect.  You also know he was one fine Southern Cook!

From the time I had to stand on a chair by his side, he taught me how to cook with love. One of his specialties was his peach cobbler. It was A-mazing. Because Father’s Day comes around about the same time the first peaches of the season come around, the two are forever linked in my heart and stomach. Papa would take three cobblers to church dinners and the dishes always came back, virtually licked clean. He was a resourceful cook as well, using whatever fruits were in season and when times and economy was rough, he would use canned peaches or pineapple. The Grand Duchess of his cobblers was his Peach Cobbler. It was to die for with or without vanilla ice cream (homemade or purchased), topped with fresh whipped cream, cool whip, plain, warm out of the oven or spoonfuls of it snuck out of the refrigerator on a midnight run for a snack. There was no way that cobbler wasn’t delicious. And if you wanted to make it the ultimate, serve it warm with full cream homemade peach ice cream.  That’s what I am doing this Sunday in his memory and in memory of all those times our family was together enjoying good food and each other.

So…to all you men out there (and to some of you women who had to hold down two jobs as mother and father), Thank you for your love and guidance. Happy Father’s Day to you all. And make it a super one by making this cobbler for someone you love or for yourself. Enjoy. Cook it with love and love will make it even better.

Papa’s Peach Cobbler
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
6 cups fresh peach slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ tsp ground mace
¼ tsp. ground ginger
Ground cinnamon

Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).   Bring remaining 1/2 cup sugar, peach slices, spices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; spoon over batter (do not stir).   Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.

peach cobbler

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 21:05:38

    Haven’t tried a peach cobbler yet. This will not be for Father’s Day because my dad has been gone more than 25 years. My daughter’s father doesn’t appear for much and I have no brothers or uncles but we can enjoy this some day soon. Sounds delish. Thank you for sharing, Kanzen.

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  2. Eric Tonningsen
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 21:09:05

    Thanks for acknowledging us. Now, where are the samples? 🙂

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  3. huntmode
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 21:32:02

    ooohhhhhh, tell Tess she’s being short-sighted, Kanzen! I, too, am without any manly presence, so I shall make it and eat double in their honor! You vixen for throwing in the homemade peach ice cream – just because you got that super duper new ice cream maker!

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  4. huntmode
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 21:33:12

    Reblogged this on Chasing Rabbit Holes and commented:
    Gentlemen, it’s your day and, as Kanzen, points out some women doing double-duty. For those of us missing a manly presence, eat twice in their honor! I will! Grin.

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  5. Willy Nilly
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 21:57:02

    Kanzen, I am forever in your debt, if Tiger Mom just fixes this once for me. This is a wonderful post, in so many ways, a fellow gets dizzy from it all. Thank You!!!

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  6. M-R
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 00:17:17

    I adored my father. All we girls did. He died at 64.

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  7. Line
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 00:34:45

    How beautiful that you had such a sweet and loving papa, and that the two of you were so close!! That makes me so happy to hear 🙂 ❤

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  8. BloomLisa
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 01:43:52

    What a beautiful tale of love wrapped in juicy peach deliciousness!! We do love peaches at this house…..thank you for the recipe:)

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  9. Maurice A. Barry
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 14:03:28

    Hmmmm–I need to make sure this falls into the right hands 🙂

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  10. Edward Hotspur
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 19:53:53

    Thank you! I hope it’s a good one.

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  11. FlaHam
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 22:37:34

    Kanzen, You keep blowing my diet to hell. Thank you for the wonderful Father’s Day wish and for the cobbler, I will have 3 serving, I love this. Take care, Bill

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  12. joannesisco
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 08:26:40

    This sounds amazing and I will have to try it … but our peaches won’t come into season for another 2 -3 months. I can almost taste it 🙂

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    • kanzensakura
      Jun 13, 2014 @ 13:01:45

      If you want a sneak preview, use frozen peaches. I always put up peaches during the summer in the freezer to have for winter. I let them thaw in a colander so the excess water will drain out. Otherwise, the cobbler will be soupy, but that isn’t always a bad thing! I had the first of the season peaches from SC this week. the peaches I am told will be smaller this year, but so sweet and juicy! In the meantime, if you have cherries or blueberries coming in, try those. My papa always took advantage of the seasons and what we had on hand. but the peach was the best. A friend of mine in Fukushima likes the cherry best, but that’s just him! Thank you so much for visiting and for commenting! I hope you will feel welcomed to visit again. there are a bunch of recipes on the blog for all seasons and courses. Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:26:43 +0000 To: thspencer51@hotmail.com

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  13. Kev
    Jun 14, 2014 @ 17:22:39

    So glad that you are close to your father. That peach cobbler looks Yummylicious! It’s been a while since I had Peach Cobbler. 😀

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  14. joannesisco
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:52:47

    Kanzen – just wanted to let you know that I tried your Peach Cobbler yesterday for Father’s Day. It was a huge hit with my family! They said the recipe was definitely a keeper as they shovelled in huge servings 🙂 It is also super easy to make which I loved 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! Joanne

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    • kanzensakura
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 13:42:47

      Hooray!!! I am so very glad to hear this. It always makes me happy when someone enjoys one of my recipes. The fact that it was served at a family meal makes this extra special to me. Food and family and smiles….thank you so very much for letting me know.

      Reply

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