Monday, February 4, 2013

Southern Peach Cobbler -- Recipe

Whether it is coincidence, fate or predestination, 53-year-old author, Heather Masterson’s life changes in Asheville, NC, when a man lays a book in front of her and says, “Please sign this to the real Alex Hargrove.” Alex, a 56-year-old pursued widower has avoided the women in the community who think they can be the next Mrs. Hargrove. None of these women have interested him, but for some reason he finds himself fascinated by Heather. Heather, divorced for twelve years, is not interested in getting serious with any man and is surprised to meet a man with the same name as the lawman in her novels. Finding herself attracted to this six-foot-four cattleman, makes her wonder if she could possibly find happiness this late in her life.. Unbeknownst to Heather, Rachelle Albright, an unstable alcoholic fancies herself in love with the fictional Alex in Heather’s books. She writes a book of her own with Alex marrying a woman named Rachelle, but when the publishing company rejects her book, she is livid. She decides she must kill Heather Masterson and the character of Alex will be hers

Peach Cobbler Recipe

  • 8 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges   (2 large cans of peaches, drained, may be substituted.
  • 1/4 cup white sugar  
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar  
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup white sugar  
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar  
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces 
  • 1/4 cup boiling water  
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  • Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

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