Blackberry Cobbler

Marionberry cobbler with crossed crust

Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups of fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

How to make:

To make the pastry, in a large bowl sift together the flour and the salt, then add the shortening. One tablespoon at a time add ice water, until the dough forms into a ball. Refrigerate until chilled.

On a floured surface, roll out 2/3 of the pie pastry and press it against the sides of a lightly greased baking dish or cake pan.

In a large saucepan, add berries with two cups of water. Carefully stir in sugar and cornstarch until the mixture starts to thicken.

Pour into the pastry-lined dish.

Roll out the remainder of the pastry and cut into 1/2-inch strips. Lay them crisscross over the top of the cobbler.

Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top is browned and berries are bubbling.

Serve warm as is, or pour milk or half and half over the top. Also great with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped topping.

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Pecan Pie

Pecan pie with whipped cream

Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
  • 4 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of dark cane or corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • pinch of salt

How to make:

Preheat over to 325 degrees.

Press uncooked pie crust into a pie dish.

In a mixing bowl, whip butter, and brown sugar together until smooth. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with a fork or wire whisk and then blend into sugar butter mixture. Sift cornstarch and salt into the mixture, and stir in vanilla. Blend in syrup and pecan pieces.

When all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour into the pie crust.

Bake for 30 minutes. Then lower the heat to 300 degrees and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the center is firm.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.

Southern Spiked Sweet Tea

Spiked Peach Iced Tea

Southern Spiked Sweet Tea

Ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of peach nectar
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of whiskey
  • Sliced peaches, optional

How to make:

Steep tea bags for 15 minutes in 2 cups of boiling water. Add a pinch of baking soda and stir in sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher and add cold water, peach nectar and whiskey. Refrigerate and chill thoroughly before serving. Serve over ice and add sliced peaches for garnish.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Fresh Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup or 2.25 sticks of salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk

How to make:

Using a stand mixer (if you have one–if not then a large mixing bowl), combine warm water and yeast. Then add in only a half cup of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm place for about thirty minutes.

Next, add in the eggs, sugar, 1/2 cup of softened butter, salt, and remaining four cups of flour. Knead on medium speed, or by hand until smooth. Add more flour as needed to reduce the stickiness.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Continue to knead if not completely smooth. In a greased bowl, place the dough, cover with plastic wrap or a towel, return it to the warm place, and let sit until it has doubled in size. Roughly 1.5 – 2 hours.

Once ready, put the dough back on the floured surface and roll out to a 12-inch by 18-inch rectangle. Melt 1/2 butter and brush over the entire surface of the dough. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon and spread on top of the melted butter.

Roll up the dough. Using a very sharp knife or dental floss, slice the roll in half, then into quarters, and continue slicing until you have 12 equal size pieces. Place the rolls flat side down into a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let it refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, remove and place on the counter for an hour to return to room temperature. Rolls will rise.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes or until tops have browned.

To make the glaze, whip together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar, vanilla, and just enough milk to make the mixture a glaze.

Once the rolls have cooled slightly, glaze and serve.

 

Strawberry Fig Jam

Strawberry jam in a jar on wooden background

Strawberry Fig Jam

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of fresh strawberries, tops removed
  • 4 cups of figs, stems removed
  • 1 package of fruit pectin
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 4 cups of sugar

How to make:

In small batches, put fruit into a large 8-quart heavy pot and mash fresh fruit until you have 5 cups of crushed fruit.

Stir in the pectin and butter. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar, stirring constantly. Once all of the sugar is dissolved, bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and quickly skim off the foam on top of the mixture.

Ladle hot jam into 8 hot sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving about 1/4 inch empty on the top. Wipe down the rims to ensure they are clean, adjust lids, and screw on top bands.

Depending on canning method, immediately flip jars upside down or proceed to a boiling water canner for 5 minutes. Remove from canner and cool.

Occasionally, check to make sure all of the lids have sealed and don’t pop up and down.

 

Homemade Biscuits

Fresh biscuits baked in a cast iron skillet

Homemade Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease cookie sheet for baking.

In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together. Cut 4 tablespoons of softened butter into the mixture and grate 4 tablespoons of frozen butter with a cheese grater into the mixture. Using a fork, make a well and pour in buttermilk. Knead the dough and add more buttermilk if necessary.

Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface. Continue kneading until the dough consistency is even and roll out to 3/4 inch thickness, or desired thickness. Cut with a 2.5-inch biscuit cutter.

Place cut biscuits onto the cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Old Fashioned Sweet Tea

Iced Tea

Old Fashioned Sweet Tea

Ingredients:

  • 6 tea bags
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • Pinch of baking soda
  • 1.5 – 2 cups of sugar
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • Lemons and mint, optional

How to make:

This recipe is pretty standard. Steep tea bags in boiling water for 15 minutes. Add a pinch of baking soda and stir in sugar until dissolved. Transfer to a pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate until serving. Pour over ice and add sliced lemon and mint leaves for garnish and extra flavor.