WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For the rest of peach season, Freestone Peaches rule! That means making your favorite peach recipes just got easier, because they are so very easy to slice.
With a sharp knife, carefully slice around the peach and twist the fruit to loosen the stone. One side will usually come off and the other is a simple pluck to remove. Then with as few cuts as possible, your peaches are ready for your recipe.
Most Freestone varieties have "low fuzz" skin, so a quick rinse and dry is all that is necessary for prepping. In fact, for my favorite peach recipe - Fresh Peach Cobbler, you don't have to peel the peaches unless you really want to. Enjoy!
Fresh Peach Cobbler
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup whole or reduced fat-milk
6 cups fresh sliced peaches
Ice cream, optional for serving
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place butter in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and place in the preheating oven. When butter has melted, about 3 minutes, carefully remove dish and set aside. Let oven continue to preheat.
In a medium-mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and milk, whisking well to combine. Pour mixture evenly over butter in baking dish, but do not stir. Place peaches over the crust mixture but do not stir.
Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Cool 10 minutes and serve warm, with ice cream if desired.
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