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Sunday, July 5, 2009


Last week I went to one of our local farmer’s markets for some locally grown produce. Pickling cucumbers, green beans—all freshly picked with smudges of dirt still clinging to them. Then alongside the sweet corn, I saw them. Porter peaches. Yes!

In this corner of the world, Porter peaches are the fruits of heaven. They even have a festival in their honor in the tiny town of Porter, OK. I picked out a couple dozen of the fuzzy, rose-colored gems, my mouth watering in anticipation—you know what I’m talking about. Sinking your teeth into the not-too-firm-not-too-soft flesh of a perfect peach and having to lean over quick to keep the juice from dripping down your chin. And the taste—oh my! No doubt summertime peaches are God’s way of making up for the relentless heat and humidity July brings.

While fresh might be the best way to eat a Porter peach, they also make fabulous cobblers. And since this is family reunion and barbecue season, why not score of few brownie points with your guests by serving up a warm cobbler to top off the friend chicken or grilled hot dogs?

Today’s recipe comes Max’s aunt, Edna Mae. I think you’ll like it.


1 cup sweet milk
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
4 cups sweetened peaches (heated, but not cooked)

Mix dry ingredients together. Add milk. Pour into 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Add hot fruit with butter melted in it. Bake in 350 degree oven 30 minutes or until golden brown. Fruit goes to the bottom of pan and a crust will form on top.

Best enjoyed with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Bon apetit!

What are the local summer specialties where you live? Any great recipes you’d like to share? Just let me know and we’ll serve them up here at the Café.


Robbie Iobst said...

Carla, What a Great Site!! I am going to try your peach cobbler. Been having a hankering...:0)

carla stewart said...

Thanks, Robbie. I would make the cobbler, but we ate all the peaches. I'll have to go back to the farmer's market :-)

Erica Vetsch said...

mmmmmm...Love your description of the peaches. I'm headed to the store today. Don't know if we have Porter peaches here, but maybe I can find the local equivalent.

Koala Bear Writer said...

Rhubarb crisp or rhubarb pie. My grandma always makes that (to my dad's horror) and it totally tastes of summer and grandma's place to me. :) This peach cobbler sounds just as good!

carla stewart said...

Erica, I grew up in a different part of OK / TX than I live now and back then we waited for "Rocky Ford" peaches from Colorado--bigger than Porter peaches, but same yummm.

Koala friend, my dad's a rhubarb kind of guy. I must not have gotten the gene, but I know people who adore rhubarb everything. Thanks for sharing.

Myra Johnson said...

Oh, yum! I had to read this just before dinnertime when I'm starving, however! I haven't been to a farmer's market in a long time. Must check out the local offerings one day soon!