Autumn officially arrives this Sunday, September 22nd at 4:44 p.m. EDT. With only a few more hours to enjoy the current season, my thoughts turn to my favorite Summer fruits: peaches and berries. The Virginia ones likely made their final appearance of the year at last weekend’s local farmers markets, and I couldn’t leave without scooping up some of
I have been holding onto the perfect recipe for a September treat, and these last fruits of Summer didn’t disappoint. The addition of a few tablespoons of bourbon to the peaches in Blackberry-Peach Cobbler Bars proved a fitting combination of my love of all things Georgia:
This Southern Living recipe came together easily with a couple of tweaks. The hardest part was spreading the thick dough.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
- 4 large eggs
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 1 t baking powder
- ¾ t table salt
- 3¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 4 cups fresh blackberries
- 4 cups thinly sliced fresh firm, ripe peaches
- 3 T bourbon
- 1 cup toasted pecan pieces
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Beat butter, brown sugar and 1 cup granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together baking powder, salt, and 3 cups flour; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. The batter will be very thick.
- Spread three-fourths of batter onto a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan. Lay blackberries evenly over top of the batter.
- Stir together remaining ½ cup granulated sugar and ¼ cup flour in a medium bowl. Add peaches and bourbon, gently blending to coat. Spoon mixture over blackberries.
- Stir pecans into remaining batter. Dollop batter over peach mixture.
- Bake for 1 hour or until golden and bubbly. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Cut into bars.
As Summer fades into a distant memory, these cobbler bars help to bid adieu to the hot days that ripened its sun-kissed fruits. How are you going to say goodbye to Summer this weekend? Are you ready for Fall?