Raspberries and the raspberry patch

One of my favorite things is Sweet Tea.  That might sound odd coming from a Midwestern girl, but you only need to know that my parents grew up in small towns in North Carolina and it explains everything about being raised as a daughter who loves vinegar-based BBQ, fried okra, sweet tea, grits, collard greens, country ham, and homemade biscuits among many Southern delicacies.

We’re getting ready to head to the South for a visit to see my parents and my grandmother, and of course, that leads to salivating over the delicious food ahead.  It also means satisfying the craving before we leave!

Two years ago, my family (my husband and our girls) moved into our new house and, with the help of my mother-in-law (Carrie’s mom) and Mike’s great-uncle, we planted our raspberry patch.  Last year’s harvest wasn’t much, but this year we have a true bounty.  We’ve picked the patch several times and each time the raspberries seem to be sweeter!

Recipe for Mom's Fruit Cobbler

Mike’s and Carrie’s grandmother sent over some peaches and I couldn’t help but think about how good a peach raspberry cobbler would be. So, I pulled out my Mom’s Southern-style cobbler recipe (see above – doesn’t it look lovely on our recipe card!) and got to work peeling peaches and washing raspberries.

Mom’s fruit cobbler is the best, especially peach or blueberry. Cobbler takes on all kinds of shapes, sizes, and textures, but I really prefer the kind my Mom always makes where the fruit is cooked into the flour-based breading instead of crumble or pastry-topped cobblers (though they’re yummy, too).

Ultimately, what makes cobbler so good is the fruit and the butter (I said I was a true Southerner!).

Peach and Raspberry Cobbler

An hour later…the cobbler was perfectly golden brown on top and the peaches and raspberries invited me to dish out the first generous scoop full.

Peach Raspberry Cobbler A La ModeAnd then we really enjoyed the first-fruits of summer!  It tasted as good as it looked – the sweetness of peaches and the tartness of raspberries in perfect harmony (just as delightful as a glass of sweet tea).  Enjoy the season – get out in your garden or enjoy the fruits of someone else’s at your local farmer’s market!

Karen