washburn liviaPHYLLIS' SPICY PEACH COBBLER

by Livia J. Washburn (Fresh Baked Mysteries)

INGREDIENTS

Filling

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp minced candied ginger
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups sliced peaches

9" Basic Crust

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ice water
  • 1 tsp granulated or turbinado (raw) sugar * Makes a 9-inch pie crust

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375º. Combine cornstarch, minced candied ginger, brown sugar, and water in saucepan. Cook until thickened and then add peaches. Cook until peaches are hot, about 5 minutes. Pour into buttered 9” pan making sure the ginger is evenly distributed.

Mix flour and salt in chilled bowl, then cut shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter, until mixture resembles the texture of tiny split peas. When the mixture is the right texture, add the ice water and combine with a fork. Quickly gather the dough into a ball and flatten into a 4-inch-wide disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Remove dough disk from refrigerator. If stiff and very cold, let stand until dough is cool but malleable. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough disk on a lightly floured surface until it’s bigger than the pan. Transfer dough by carefully rolling it around the rolling pin, lift and unroll dough, centering it over the fruit. Vent crust, and sprinkle granulated or turbinado (raw) sugar on top to give a delightful sparkling appearance.

Bake cobbler for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

The candied ginger gives this dessert a warm zesty taste.

washburn peachofamurderLIVIA J WASHBURN (aka L.J. Washburn) is Livia Reasoner, a mystery, western, romance, and historical novelist. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories. Livia and James have had a long career working together, tweaking and editing each others stories. In recent years she's become involved in the publishing end of the business, producing ebooks and trade paperbacks for Western Fictioneers, and now for Prairie Rose Publications. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and designing a great cover. Livia's website can be found at www.liviawashburn.com.