Easy Homemade Peach Cobbler

Easy Homemade Peach Cobbler #summer #peachesWhen I was a kid growing up in South Carolina, my mother would load my sister and me into the car every summer, and we’d head off to the upstate region to visit my grandparents for a couple of weeks.  This was my absolute favorite time of the summer!  My grandparents lived on a large piece of land in a small town, and there was always something to explore.  They had a 2-story barn, a chicken coop (with no chickens), and a pool that felt like it went on forever.  But my absolute favorite memories are of picking fruit with my grandfather and then watching my grandmother turn it into a delicious cobbler.  And given South Carolina’s famously delicious peaches, there was almost always a peach cobbler cooling in the kitchen!

This past week, my mom-in-law brought up some delicious peaches from Chambersburg, PA.  Of course, my mind immediately went to peach cobbler, and soon I had my own Easy Homemade Peach Cobbler resting on the oven.  This cobbler features a cake-like topping that is quite easy to prepare.  But truth be told, I’ve also used the old trick of 1/2 box of yellow cake mix in place of the dry ingredients…and it works beautifully, too.  (Just don’t forget to include the nutmeg and cinnamon!)

Easy Homemade Peach Cobbler #summer #peachesIf you’ve been reading Spiced over the past few months, then you’ll know that I am a huge fan of peaches.  For some other fun peach recipes, check out these Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger or this White Wine Summer Sangria!  And finally, I can’t imagine peach cobbler without a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I often just use store-bought ice cream, but if you are feeling adventurous, then try making your own Vanilla Ice Cream!

Easy Homemade Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (recommended: King Arthur All-Purpose Flour)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 4-5 peaches, diced into 1" cubes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking powder, and nonfat dry milk. Mix by hand until well blended. Set aside.
  2. In a pie dish (or individual ramekins), add cubed peaches until fruit is almost at top of the dish. Add enough water to fill the dish approximately 1/2 full. Sprinkle the vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg across the top of the fruit.
  3. Cut the butter into the bowl of dry ingredients until butter is the size of peas.
  4. Sprinkle this dry ingredient-butter mixture across the top of the dish, making sure to cover all of the fruit.
  5. Bake at 350 for 60-75 minutes, or until top crust turns slightly golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and allow cobber to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream (optional).
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Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho

Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho #summer #watermelonSummer is the perfect time of the year for fruit!  I absolutely love all summer fruits: cherries, peaches, strawberries, watermelon…the list goes on and on.  In fact, my lunch in the summertime is often just a mix of various fruits!  And of course, I also enjoy using summer fruits in different dishes, too.  (Check out these Peach Shortcakes or this Bourbon Sour Cherry Pie!) One of my favorite ways to use summer fruits is to turn them into a cold soup.  I know it might sound strange, but chilled soups make a delicious lunch on a hot summer day…and most chilled soups are pretty healthy, too!  I recently made this Cold Carrot Soup with Jalapeno Coconut Milk…and it didn’t last long in our house at all.  (I know carrots aren’t a fruit, but this cold carrot soup was still delicious!)  So this past week, I happened to find a seedless watermelon on sale at the market, and I decided to make a Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho.

Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho #summer #watermelonThis watermelon gazpacho is a fun and different way to serve summer fruit…and it’s a great appetizer if you are having company over for lunch or dinner!  This recipe is particularly easy to adapt to your own tastes as all of the ingredients go into a single container and get blended using an immersion blender.  In fact, nothing in this recipe is ever actually cooked, so it doesn’t take much time at all to make!  However, soup (both hot and cold) always tastes better on the second day.  I tasted this Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho right after I made it, and it was pretty tasty.  But after it sat in the refrigerator overnight, the flavors had a chance to meld and the soup became much tastier!  If you’ve never made a soup using fresh fruit, then the summer is the perfect opportunity to give it a shot.  This recipe is easily adaptable, too.  All out of chili powder?  Leave it out.  Like smoky flavors?  Add some smoked paprika.  It’s all about having fun in the kitchen and trying something new!  Be creative!

Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon, coarsely chopped
  • 2 green apples, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1.5 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Use an immersion blender to mix until no large pieces remain. (The gazpacho should have a smooth consistency.)
  3. Chill overnight, and serve cold.
http://spicedblog.com/chilled-watermelon-gazpacho.html

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

AMAZING PIZZA!!  BBQ Chicken Pizza #homemade #pizzaLooking for a delicious (and fun) meal to make this weekend?  Then look no further!  I recently partnered with Stubb’s BBQ Sauce to create this tasty BBQ Chicken Pizza.  For some additional tips on making this BBQ Chicken Pizza, check out the article I wrote for Food Fanatic.  Have a delicious weekend!

Note: This recipe was originally published on Food Fanatic.

Creamsicle Float

Woah.  Talk about a blast from the past!  As a kid, I vividly remember always having creamsicle pops in the freezer.  I also remember fighting with my sister over who could have the last one whenever the box was almost empty.  Good times!  So a couple weeks ago, my wife and I made root beer floats for a fun summer weekend activity.  We got to talking about ice cream ideas, and then it hit me…what about a Creamsicle Float!?  I knew I needed to make this…and soon!  So I grabbed some International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Creamer and whipped up a quick and easy vanilla ice cream.  Then I just filled a glass with this delicious ice cream treat and topped it off with orange soda.  The taste was absolutely amazing!  It took me back to my childhood, and it was the perfect treat for a hot summer afternoon.

While I used International Delight’s Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream for the vanilla ice cream, I also noticed that International Delight has come out with several new flavors in the Cold Stone Creamery line.  I think the Founder’s Favorite may soon become my all-time favorite International Delight creamer! This isn’t just a single creamer flavor…it includes brownie, caramel, pecan, and fudge flavors all in one.  With that bottle of deliciousness in my refrigerator, I’m pretty sure I have a reason to get up early and get a pot of coffee brewing!  But I digress as there are 2 more new International Delight flavors inspired by Cold Stone Creamery.  Hot for Cookie is like adding the flavors of warm chocolate-chip cookies right into your coffee, while Churro Caramel includes the tasty combination of melted ice cream, caramel, and sweet cinnamon.  I think it’s safe to say that one (if not all 3) of these new International Delight Cold Stone Creamery flavors will be in my refrigerator at all times.  Not only will these be delicious in my morning coffee, but my mind is racing with all of the other delicious treats that I can create with these creamers!

To celebrate the launch of these new flavors, International Delight is hosting a Pinterest contest that runs until August 15.  Just visit the ID + Ice Cream board on Pinterest and pin any image using the hashtag #IScream4ID.  That’s it.  And in exchange, you could win $400 to host the ultimate ice cream social in your own backyard!  (That’s a lot of ice cream.)  So click on the link above to hop over to Pinterest and enter to win.  (But don’t forget to include #IScream4ID.)  After that, hit the kitchen and make some delicious Sweet Cream Ice Cream for your Creamsicle Float!

Love ice cream + coffee? This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee and they’re celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!  To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag. Good luck!

Creamsicle Float

Ingredients

  • Orange Soda
  • For the Sweet Cream Ice Cream
  • 1 cup International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream creamer
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat the International Delight creamer on low until it just begins to simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent creamer from scorching.
  2. While the creamer is heating, whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Once creamer begins to simmer, gradually pour it into the egg yolks and whisk to combine. (Note: add the hot creamer to the egg yolk mixture very slowly, stirring constantly with a whisk the entire time.)
  3. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for about 3-4 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 170-175 degrees.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Cover strained liquid with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic directly onto the surface of the mixture. Refrigerate until very cold, or overnight.
  5. Add chilled liquid mixture to ice cream maker, and follow manufacturer's instructions.
  6. Place 2 large scoops of ice cream in a glass, and top with orange soda.
http://spicedblog.com/creamsicle-float.html

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.