Yesterday we ran into the lovely Paula Deen at the SF Fancy Foods Show. It was wild, her publicists, assistants and handlers were keeping the Paula-loving crowd organized and in check. It was sort of dorky, all of us standing around looking at Paula, waiting for a glimpse, you'd think we were all seeing The Beatles in their prime, or something. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to her much (shhhh... she's on some sort of a press "embargo" and "couldn't" actually talk to us).
However, it got me thinking about some of the reasons why people love her so much. I think it's because she oozes with "Southern Hospitality" and just seems so darn nice. Also, her recipes, no matter how many sticks of butter she uses, always seem comforting and tasty.
So to commemorate our brief encounter with Paula (more pictures here), I have decided to highlight one of her specialties, a lovely peach cobbler. To check out the recipe,
4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup water
8 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups milk
Ground cinnamon, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.