Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler

When the good folks at Ozarka Water contacted me to see if I'd write a little bit about what I love about Texas, it took me about a nanosecond to say yes.

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
We love Texas. Neither Mr. E or I were born here, but I've lived most of my life in Texas...and we've spent 18 of our almost 20 years of married life here. (Wow. I can't believe I just typed that sentence.)

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
Mr. E's job took us out-of-state for a few years and while it was beautiful, it was not our beloved Texas. I would go to the grocery store and think...they don't have tortilla chips and crackers and hamburger patties shaped like their state? What does the state flag here look like anyway? (You can't go far in Texas without seeing a Texas flag.)

Here's a short list of what I love about Texas:
  • Tex-Mex: this includes a long list of tacos, queso, salsa, and chips...my life (and my tummy) would be empty without it. 
  • BBQ: this is NOT a backyard cookout. BBQ is beef (do you hear that, Carolina?) slow cooked over low heat and served with a spicy tomato-based sauce. And pickles. And a slice of white bread. 
  • The Texas flag: When you're out-of-state and you see a Texas flag, it brings you right back home. 
  • Bluebonnets: If you've never seen a field of Texas bluebonnets, well, check out social media in the springtime. It's in our contract at Texans that we must plop our children in a field of them and take pictures...even if it's on the side of the highway. 
  • Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett: Texas boys with a purely Texas sound.
  • Boots and Beer: I don't care where you are in Texas...a wedding, a 5-star restaurant, the symphony, a quinceanera...it's never too fancy for boots and beer. 
  • Whataburger, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Chuy's, Torchy's, Pappasitos: and a thousand other Texas food establishments and companies that know that it doesn't have to be fancy to be delicious. 
  • The people. We've lived in Dallas and Houston, and a few months in Amarillo for me. Texas people are friendly people. 
Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
Two other things I love? Texas peaches and pecans. Be still my heart. 

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler ... a must try even if you don't live in Texas!
This Texas Peach and Pecan Cobbler is easily the best cobbler I've ever made. Pecans are not typically found in cobbler, but I think they should be...they add texture, crunch, and flavor. The cobbler batter, sweetened with brown sugar so it's rich and caramel-y, bakes up a bit like a cake. The Texas peaches are coated in a warm almond syrup before adding them to the batter. Divine.

Serve it warm, topped with vanilla ice cream, preferably Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla. 

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
I don't know about you, but I am constantly drinking water. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and all the hours in between. It's always water for me. Ozarka® Brand Natural Spring Water comes from three Texas springs and has a uniquely Texan taste.

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
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As part of Ozarka's #FromHereForHere campaign, they sent me a box of Texas goodies:
basket of Texas foods
Paqui tortilla chips, Snow's BBQ sauce, Yellowbird serrano sauce, The Jelly Queens BBQ sauce and rub, Taste Elevated mustard seeds, and Cookwell & Company queso.

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Texas Peach and Pecan Cobbler

1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 TBSP salted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
3 TBSP milk
3/4 cup chopped Texas pecans
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
juice of half lemon
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 cups peeled and chopped Texas peaches
vanilla ice cream

Grease an 8 x 8" pan. Preheat oven to 375.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

Beat the brown sugar and butter together until combined, then beat in the eggs. Mix in the milk. On low speed, add the flour mixture just until incorporated. Stir in the pecans.

Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Heat the water and granulated sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, lower the heat and keep at a simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the lemon juice and almond extract. Turn off the heat and stir in the peaches.

Spoon the warm peaches and syrup over the batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, tenting with foil after 30 minutes.

Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream.

Texas Peach Pecan Cobbler
Do you live in Texas? Have you visited Texas? 
What do you love about it?


13 comments:

  1. Hi Bridget..I don't live there and have never visited..but everyone I have "met" on the net from Texas..are so nice!
    Very appropriate you received those goodies:)

    The 3rd phto..that peach is absolute perfection!

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  2. I am not a native Texan but I don't plan to live anywhere else now. I agree with everything on your list now that peaches are in season I have one everyday with lunch.

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  3. Born and raised in Texas! Love both peaches and pecans so I must try this soon! I do seem to have a problem getting good peaches in Houston though... I should hit a farmers market this weekend to see if I can find any.

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  4. I agree 100% on all of this. Military life dropped us in Alabama which also doesn't know good barbeque. My sweet hubby knows that Ozarka is my favorite bottled water so every time we go "back home" he stocks up on cases of it for me to get my fix. :) Much to my surprise they have recently started to stock it here in north Alabama.

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  5. This looks amazing, Bridget! I can't have a cobbler without ice cream!

    PS Living in Florida, I thought I didn't like BBQ UNTIL I visited Texas and had beef brisket. Yummy!

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  6. I love your list of Texas loves. AND this beautiful peach cobbler!!

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  7. We lived in Texas for 10 years and I left a big chunk of my heart in San Antonio. I actually prefer Georgia peaches or peaches from my home state of Alabama. Your peach cobbler sounds delicious. Guess I will have to disagree with Sherri, I have had some pretty dang good BBQ in BAMA. Just not brisket usually. It was a little surprising to see that football isn't on your list of loves.

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  8. With ice cream it is a great summer treat for sure!

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  9. You are making me want to come to Texas very badly!! LOVE this post and hearing what you love about it. And wow that cobbler!

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  10. I live in Texas now. Have a favorite peach cobble recipe, but this one looks so much better. Now if I can just keep the critters that ate all my peaches in one night last year away, might have the peaches to make it with. They are almost ripe now. Need a dog, but have a worthless cat.

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  11. Never been to Texas, but if this is the kind of thing they serve there then I think a trip is in my future!

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    1. One place I have not been either,but would not mind checking it out. Also, wait until your son goes off to college Bridget (no~they don't allow parents to stay in the dorms either, hah). Just sayin :) ...Love your recipes...

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  12. Hi, born and brainwashed Texas girl here. I'm in Fort Worth. We Texans are a little obsessive about our state aren't we??!! Just got some Parker County peaches this last weekend-so good. Enjoy your blog very much :)

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