Two weekends ago we were guests at friends who are from North Carolina but working here in Melbourne for a couple of years. We were treated to southern fried chicken and black-eyed peas among other things. We had a great night playing poker fuelled by mint juleps and plenty of wine.
I was making dessert so pulled out Paula Deen’s Kitchen Classics which I picked up while we were in Savannah last year. I’m not sure where it stands in the pantheon of southern food cookbooks but it seems to cover most bases.
Pear Cobbler is simple and delicious, also very rich.
1 stick of butter (approx 110g)
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of milk
29oz can of pear halves in heavy syrup (approx 825g)
Heat oven to 175C, add butter to baking dish, place in oven until butter melted. Mix sugar and flour together, slowly add milk, mixing well. Pour batter over melted butter in baking dish – do nit stir. Cut pear halves in two and place on top of batter. Gently pour syrup over pears – do not stir. Bake for 30 mins or until done (ours took a little longer).
Suggestions – maybe a little less butter and make sure pears are well poached prior to using – ours were a bit hard.