|Cobbler or Crumble?|
...Celebration, or Consolation?
Who knows. All I know is that with all the talk on the news these past two years, I find myself wanting some tasty hot fruit dessert with peaches in it. Gosh, I miss Emily Litella, don't you? If you don't know who that is, look her up on the youtube. You can laugh with Gilda Radner while your delicious fruit dessert is baking.
Alternatively, you can watch Bullet with Steve McQueen, and see if you can do so without having that Sheryl Crow song going through your head. My poor mother can't take it any more because sadly, I'm unable to even carry a tune in a bucket.
Originally, I thought about making a crumble. The thing is that a good crumble requires the use of an obscene amount of butter and brown sugar. So I decided to go Full British Bake-off and tinker with a "heart healthy" blueberry cobbler recipe. While I probably wouldn't have been star baker, hey. You can't go wrong with cobbler. Especially when you add Grand Marnier.
But I digress.
Here's what I did:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I made two. a small one in a 1 quart dish, and a smaller one in one of those little rectangular pyrex baking dishes. Grease them up.
- 4 peaches
- 1 cup blueberries
- a little knob of ginger, peeled
- an orange
- 2 oz Grand Marnier
- 2 tbsp corn starch.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup oats
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk (it's between you and your conscience or preference from nonfat to whole..)
- graham cracker crumbs from one rectangle.. the kind that breaks into 4
Remove the pits from 4 peaches, slice them 1/4" thick, then in half. Arrange them artfully in the baking dish. Then put some blueberries, artfully on top of them.
Use about 1/2 cup juice from the orange, the grand mariner, and the knuckle of ginger. Peel & grate the ginger, and mix it in with about 1 tbsp sugar. Or just put everything in a blender and whip it until the ginger gets whacked all up, then strain and Pour it over the fruit, evenly.
Mix together the ingredients for the cobbler/crumble and pour over the fruit. Then sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the top. That way the dessert won't know if it is a cobbler or a crumble.
By now the oven should be warm enough. Put them in there and set the timer for 40 minutes. Bake them until they are golden and bubbling with hot delicious burst blueberry deliciousness. If it's not golden after 40 minutes, keep it in there, checking every 5 minutes. If you leave it in there long enough, it will taste of carbon...
If you're an anglophile, you can serve it with hot custard. You could just serve it out of the baking dish plain, or you could use whipped cream or ice cream. I leave that ENTIRELY up to you. My mom ate some with ice cream. She likes the mixture of hot cobbler and cold ice cream.
Irrespective of your perspective on current events, a nice sweet dessert makes a nice break from all the news, does it not? And isn't it nice that there are still some things we can all appreciate?
Have a lovely weekend everyone - my blog is done, and I am on track with my blog a week goal. Plus, I made a yummy.
I'll leave you with some profound wisdom and an ear worm courtesy of Sheryl Crow:
"We got rock stars in the White House
All our pop stars look like porn
All my heroes hit the highway
They don't hang out here no more
You can try me on my cell phone
You can page me all night long
But you won't catch this free bird
I'll already be long gone
Like Steve McQueen
All we need's a fast machine
And we're gonna make it all right
Like Steve McQueen
Underneath your radar screen
You'll never catch us tonight!"