I successfully coerced my friend Gemma into coming along to The Fault in our Stars. Neither of us having read the book, we knew it was going to be a sad movie. And Gemma held her own, I gave in and retreated further as the movie’s credits rolled. The recent loss of cancer on distant shores feeling ever more real.
Handing the whimpering girls next to us a packet of tissues I’d purchased in the lead up to what I thought would be tear fest 2014, my throat tightened to the point where breathing was something I did consciously through the pain of holding back.
The story between the characters all reminded me (minus cruel cancer) of the innocence of the overwhelming rush of young love. How complete it all feels and that it could be that great forever. Especially if its a summer romance where freedom and real life are not intertwined.
And tomorrow happens to be the summer party of Independance Day, full bellies of barbecues, apple pie and this Peach Cobbler should be on the menu. While friends are made, plates are emptied and relationships are created in the warm air.
There isn’t much more I could imagine eating on Fourth of July than Peach Cobbler (maybe some apple pie wouldn’t go astray either). It’s so full of juicy summer flavor that fireworks virtually bust in your mouth with joy.
I say this as a newbie in the cobbler world as I’d never tried one nor made one before this and I did a little dance of euphoria at just how good this tastes.
Foreign food shouldn’t be scary to try and if you aren’t American (or Southern) but want to give a dish a go this season then cobbler is basically a one bowl dish for the dough that takes advantage of the freshest, juiciest and ripest fruits of summer.
To be young and on summer vacation again.
Adapted from Allrecipes
8 medium to large peaches, skinned, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
1/4 cup superfine/caster sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons corn starch
2 cups flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup superfine/caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
170g butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 cup boiled water
Preheat the oven to 220°C/425F.
Place the sliced peaches, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, juice and corn starch in a bowl and stir to combine.
Place in a baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt into a bowl and combine. make a well in the center and add the cubed butter and mix with a dough hoook until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in the boiled water until just combined.
Spoon the dough over the peaches and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, until golden on top.
Remove and allow to cool.
Serve warm with scoops of ice cream.