Living Life the Evie Way

Month: September 2017

Lime Bars

Lime Bars

When your husband is away on a weekend long Bachelor party and brings home a giant economy sized bag of limes; what do you do with them?! Make Lime Bars!!! I am a sucker for lemon bars but have never made the Lime version of […]

Aruba – Toddler Style

Aruba – Toddler Style

Oh, Aruba. Its gorgeous, albeit a bit windy. But the beauty of that was, staying right on the beach there were barely any bugs! My Husband and I love to travel, especially to the Caribbean. We have taken plenty of cruises, visiting a lot of […]

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

Blackberry Peach Cobbler

YOU GUYS.

This recipe is amazing.

I’m not sure if it was the tartness of the blackberries or the sweetness of the peaches OR the Pecan streusel topping, BUT this stuff was SO good!!

Especially with a few scoops of vanilla bean ice cream. And I am not the biggest ice cream fan(sacrilege, I know!)

Our initial intent was to recreate our failed peach cobbler recipe.

Peaches are in season and on sale here in the Hudson Valley so why not?

Upon further investigation of all sorts of cobbler recipes, I came upon this one from Southern Living.

My Mother had just ordered a bunch of pecans from Texas AND, she and Evie had picked a whole boatload of blackberries from their bushes the morning earlier.

It was Destiny, I tell you!!

So after a long day of procrastinating, Evie and I decided it was time to make that “cobbler” (at 7 O’clock at night haha)

Even though Southern Living says its a cobbler, it came out more as a crisp to me.

A delicious, juicy crisp.

More on that later.

Onto the baking!!

pecans
Pecans

First up, we made our streusel topping.

Chopped up the pecans from Texas, way more delicious than bought here in our stores! But that’s just my opinion, and I’m biased 😉

By the way, how do you pronounce “Pecan”? I’m in the “puh-con” category. Some people say “pee-can”

Either way, they’re so good!

little girl mixing ingredients in bowl
Streusel Topping

We were quick to mix everything together so we were out of order in adding the ingredients.

If you have ever made anything with a toddler, arguing about which comes next in the simple crisp topping recipe was something I chose not to do!

little girl pouring melted butter into bowl of ingredients
Melted butter goodness

Mix up until everything is incorporated and resembles a “crumble”

We set that aside and started peeling our peaches.

But this time we were gonna “blanche” them first.

I’ve never actually blanched a peach in order to easily peel them before.  I thought 7 o’clock at night might be a good time to learn LOL

They actually turned out great. Although, I think I might have boiled them a bit too long.

Wash your peaches and score an “X” on the bottom of each peach. This is going to help you peel them later.

Peach with “X”

Meanwhile, set a pot of water to boil(large enough to fit 2-3 good sized peaches)

Also set out a bowl of ice water to fit 2-3 peaches.

Once the water is boiling, drop the peaches gently into the water. Boil for about 45 seconds to one minute depending on the ripeness of your peaches.

Remove carefully with a spider or slotted spoon and quickly set them into their water bath.

peaches floating in ice water bowl
Peaches “chillin”

Once all of the peaches are blanched and cooled, you can begin to peel them.

Starting at the “X” we had made before blanching really made the process of pulling off the skin a lot easier.

They are definitely sticky and slippery so make sure you have a towel to wipe your hands!

little girl peeling peach on cutting board
Peeling the peaches is as easy as 1-2-3!!

As you can see, the skin comes off quite easily. The only thing I was concerned about was the mess they made!!

We then sliced up our peaches, put them into the pot with other ingredients for the filling and cooked them on the stove. Cook them about 7 minutes until the filling begins to thicken.

peaches cooking in pot on stove
Cooking up the peach filling

Rinse your blackberries while the peach filling is cooking.

blackberries in a strainer
Rinsed berries

Once the peach mixture has thickened, remove from heat and stir in the blackberries.

peaches and blackberries mixed together
Peaches and Blackberries

Spread the mixture into a 9×9 inch square pan.

Then top with your pecan streusel. I found it made quite a bit more than I thought it needed. I’m not sure if this was because we mixed the ingredients differently early on or there was just a lot!

girl spreading streusel over blackberry peach mixture
Pecan Streusel!!

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.

I would also put a cookie sheet under the pan to catch any of the overflowing juices.

It may have been my pan or the fact that I probably added more blackberries than the recipe called for, but mine definitely overflowed while baking a little bit.

picture of blackberry peach cobbler in bowl with ice cream
Blackberry Peach “Cobbler” with Pecan Streusel topping

This was so seriously good. Especially with ice cream!

It had a nice balance of tartness to sweetness and the vanilla ice cream helped it stand out even more!

I wouldn’t call this a “Cobbler” though, definitely more of a crisp. Or I like my cobblers more bread-y than this one.

Either way, this is a winner in my book!!!

How to Disney with a Toddler

How to Disney with a Toddler

Disney World! With a toddler?! Yes!! Now, I know I’m gonna hear it all(I already have) but hear me out. First of all, they’re FREE! 3 and under are free in Disney World. Second, they believe the magic, that IS Mickey (Mostly, unless you’re my […]