Thursday, August 1, 2013

Peach Pie or Cobbler in a Jar

Cobbler is one of those desserts that is tasty in the summer and (to me, at least) even better in the winter. Put some ice cream on it, and it is warm and cool all at the same time. Who doesn't like that warm, sweet, gooey deliciousness? Well, my friend Karra, for one. She makes it because her husband loves it and she loves him. Isn't that sweet, too?

When Karra and I finished canning the peach jam last week and still had plenty of peaches left from our 50 lb. load, we decided to make something else rather than more jam. Karra had made "Apple Pie in a Jar" last fall, so why not make peach pie or cobbler in a jar?

We began looking online for a recipe, but no single recipe stood out to us. We decided, instead, to take information from several different ones and adapt them to our liking. What we made turned out pretty well, even if I do say so myself!

If you'd like to make our "Peach Pie or Cobbler in a Jar" you will need:

16 cups peaches
3 cups sugar
6 Tbsp. Sure-Jell Low Sugar Fruit Pectin

1 cup water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1Tbsp. almond extract
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup flour

1 Tbsp. butter

Peel and cut the peaches, then place them into a large pot on the stove. Bring the one cup of water to boil in either a measuring cup in the microwave, or a separate pot on the stove, then add the pectin and stir until it is dissolved. Pour that over the peaches, then add the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, and lemon juice, stirring to mix. Turn the heat on the stove to medium-high. Once the mixture is fairly hot, slowly stir in the flour. Continue to stir and cook until it is bubbling and has a thick consistency.  

At this point it is ready to be canned.  You can do it the old-fashioned way (in a hot water bath), or do it the way I explained in my last post. It is up to you!

This recipe made enough cobbler to fill 6 1/2 quart-sized jars. I am going to put it away until I can no longer get fresh peaches, then decide whether to make a pie or a cobbler with it. To make a pie, I will simple pour it into a pie shell and bake as normal. To make a cobbler, I will probably use the tried-and-true Bisquick cobbler dough recipe I have been using for years. If you aren't familiar with it, it is simply:

2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp. butter, melted

Mix the above ingredients together, then drop by heaping spoonfuls on top of peach filling, which has already been poured into a greased baking dish. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven about 25 minutes, or until peach filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown.