On this week’s Sportsman’s Table, we feature a South Carolina certified peach cobbler recipe.
Perfect SC Peach Cobbler
6 cups of sliced SC Peaches
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Place slice peaches in a baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix the flour, sugar and egg until crumbly. Spread this mixture over the peaches. Pour melted butter over the top and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.
Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired. Enjoy!
Place Tbsp of butter and sliced peaches in a medium high heat pan. Gently move peaches around until butter is fully melted and peaches are coated. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir gently again until sugar begins to dissolve. About one minute. Carefully add bourbon. *This will cause a very small flame in the pan*. Shake pan gently to ease the flame and let bourbon incorporate. Reduce heat to low simmer and let liquid reduce by half. Remove from heat and let cool while you make the cobbler batter.
1 cup All Purpose Flower
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Whole Milk
½ cup Melted Butter (1 stick)
1 tsp Baking Powder
Combine all ingredients and whisk together until smooth and free of lumps.
Pour peach mixture into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Smooth mixture evenly to all edges. Slowly pour batter over mixture. Be sure to cover evenly and to all the edges. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until center in stiff only slightly shakes. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftover cobbler covered for 3-5 days.
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Bob: Joining me today and downtown Florence at the City Center Market. Kitchen is Chef Johnathan Polson with Victors Restaurant,a mainstay, a landmark here in downtown Florence. Johnathan, I got to tell you. It is a pleasure to have you here as a guest chef on the show today. But I am really excited about the recipe. Tell us about that.
Johnathan Polson: Yeah, it is good to be here, Bob. Thank you for having us and thank you for showcasing Florence. We are going to go very, very, very simple peach cobbler for you, guys. Something anybody could do at home. Very simple ingredients, very easy procedure. What I am going to do is I have got about three cups chopped peaches. I am going to add those to the pan with about a tablespoon of butter.
Bob: Now, you know, I have to tell you, Johnathan, I have never believe I have ever seen a cobbler started in the frying pan.
Johnathan: Yeah, what we are going to do is we are going to try to get a little caramelization on these peaches real quick.
Bob: Okay. I got you.
Johnathan. We are actually going to then deglaze them with a little bit of bourbon once we get down.
Bob: I tell you. Whiskey is always good.
Johnathan: You cannot really go wrong with it. You cannot really go wrong.
Bob: There you go. Now, you, guys, you have this at Victors. You are a landmark. Okay, what? Twenty plus years in downtown Florence?
Johnathan: That is correct. We have been in Florence for about twenty years. We are currently located downtown Florence. We are in the lobby of Hotel Florence and we have been there about seven years now. It is nice to be downtown. It is nice to see the growth going on down here as well.
Bob: Yeah, man.
Johnathan: So once that butter kind of incorporates a little bit, we are going to add a few more ingredients. We are going to add some brown sugar. We are going to add a tablespoon of vanilla. we are going to add a pinch of salt.
Bob: I just got to have a little bitterness, too.
Johnathan: A little bit.
Bob: Now, folks, if you want a copy of Johnathan’s recipe and more about Victors, just log on to bobredfern.com and we will have it posted right there under the Sportsman’s Table. Oh man, I take it that there is folks love fresh peach cobbler.
Johnathan: Yeah, and it is a great mainstay here in South Carolina, you know. Technically we are not the peach state, but I think a lot of people in South Carolina including the Department of Agriculture would argue that. Maybe we are the peach state.
Bob: I think so. Okay, I think peach for peach. I think we produce more peaches than Georgia.
Johnathan: We do. We do.
Bob: Look at that. Oh, man. The Flames.
Johnathan: Yes, we are going to put a little bit of flame on there and be careful. You can se, almost burned myself even as experienced as I am. And what we are going to do is we are just going to let that simmer just a little bit just to cook some of the alcohol out of it. That way, you know, we know it is safe for your kids, safe for your granny. Everybody can have a little bit of it. It is going to be all right.
Bob: And I tell you what, on Johnathan’s behalf, okay, bourbon is for cooking, not for drinking. Okay? So just remember that.
Johnathan: We are just going to let that reduce down just a little bit. Once it reduces by about half and kind of makes a little syrup on it, we are going to cut it off and we are just going to let it cool for a minute while we mix up our cobbler batter. All right, Bob very simple cobbler recipe. This is basic one to one to one ratio. One cup flour, one cup sugar, and one cup of milk. We are going to add a little bit of melted butter in there because we are in south and everything needs butter.
Bob: Yeah, listen. It always gets better with butter.
Johnathan: Now, we are just going to whisk this up real lightly just to get some of the main lumps out of it. If it is a little lumpy still, it is not a big deal. And Bob, as I pour this over here, if you do not mind just grabbing each one and throw them in the oven for me.
Bob: Oh, I will do it.
Johnathan: We are going to cover them just to the rim of these little pans that I have here.
Bob: All right, I can do that in a heartbeat. That is something I could do. Now, I cannot cook, but I sure can eat and I can help. All right. That is awesome. Look at that. Now, how long are they going to stay in there?
Johnathan: They are going to go in for about twenty minutes or at least until the center is nice and firm. You just do not want it to be liquidy anymore.
Bob: All right, John. I will do my part here both.
Johnathan: Yes, sir. Go ahead and bring them over to the table for us. Everybody knows you cannot have cobbler, we will a little bit of ice cream over that. So we are going to finish these off just like that.
Bob: Yep. Got a little bit of that heat at the backdrop.
Johnathan: And right there, we have Bourbon Peach Cobbler a la Mode.
Bob: Delicious. Johnathan, thank you so much.
Johnathan: Yes, sir. It is a pleasure being here.
Bob: I really appreciate it so much and folks, listen. If you are in downtown Florence and the beautiful state of South Carolina, you want to test more of these great recipes. Come on down to downtown Florence here at the City Center Market. Victors will be right there and I tell you what, if you also want to check on what is fresh on the menu, log onto certifiedscgrown.com and see it for yourself. And we will be right back here again next week with another great recipe on the Sportsman’s Table.
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3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bourbon
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup small diced sweet onion
1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped peeled fresh peaches
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, plus more to taste
Kosher salt, to taste
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Addgarlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add peaches, ketchup, bourbon, brown sugar, vinegar, honey,
molasses, mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce and stir to
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until
peaches have softened and sauce has slightly thickened, about 15
minutes, stirring occasionally.
I like to use the finished sauce with the cut up pieces. If you want your sauce to be smooth then puree sauce in a blender and process until smooth. Season with salt and additional hot sauce to taste. Place your smoked pulled pork, chicken or beef brisket in a bowl, pour sauce on top and toss. The left over sauce can be put in a jar in your fridge for up to a month.
Chef Nick Huckabee: Hog Snapper w/Carolina rice and grilled squash.
Restaurant: Bliss in Murrells Inlet, SC
Website: true-bliss.com (closed)
Hog snapper with carolina plantation pecan rice pilaf grilled squash finished with a blueberry compote and grilled peaches.
The recipe consists of a 6 oz portion of hog fish, 1/2 cup of rice 1 cup of chicken stock, 1/4 cup of chopped and toasted pecans, 1 yellow crocked neck squash, 1/2 pint of blueberries, 1 tbsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp of fresh chopped basil, 1 beautiful carolina peach.
How to: To cook the rice bring the chicken stock to a rolling boil and add the rice. reduce the heat to low and cover for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and let rest.
The next thing is to get begin cooking the blueberry compote. In a small sauce pan add the blueberries, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. Bring these ingredients to a low simmer and stir occasionally for a cooking time of about 25 minutes. Add in the fresh chopped basil and season lightly with a little salt.
For the hog fish and squash you will need a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cut the squash into rings and lightly coat them with your seasonings. The hog fish should also be lightly coated with oil and your seasonings.
Cut the peach into wedges and season very lightly with just a pinch of salt and sugar. Grill the fish, squash and peaches over medium heat for approximately 8 to 10 minutes depending on the grill.
Last you will need to add your chopped pecans to the rice. Serve the fish over the rice with the grilled squash on the side, a tsp of blueberry compote over the fish and grilled peaches for the garnish. ENJOY!
1 hour 55 mins
For the filling:
3 lbs ripe peaches (about 6 peaches)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ½ tablespoons flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of allspice
½ cup sugar
¼ cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons bourbon
1 tablespoon water
3 tablespoons butter
For the streusel:
⅓ cup pecans
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
½ cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
For the crust:
2½ cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very cold
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, to serve
If making homemade crust (you can also use frozen or refrigerated pie crust), start with that. Pour one cup of cold water into a bowl and add in a few ice cubes. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk 2½ cups flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt until well-combined.
Take out your butter. It needs to be very cold, so you may want to put it in the freezer for a few minutes to really get it solid. Cut the 2 sticks of butter into ½” pieces
Use a pastry blender or food processor to combine the flour mixture and butter pieces until the butter is broken up into pea-sized pieces. DO NOT OVERMIX!
Drizzle half of the ice cold water over the mixture (making sure not to accidentally pour in any ice cubes). Using a rubber spatula, mix together the dough until large lumps form. Use your hands to knead it all into one smooth ball.
Divide the dough in half, shape into disks (balls first, then flatten a bit), and wrap in plastic wrap. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour and a half before rolling out. Stays good in fridge for one week, longer in freezer.
When your dough is ready, flour everything. Your counter, your rolling pin, the dough itself. You want a lot of flour.
Press your rolling pin down in the center of the dough disk and push outward. Roll in that direction a few times, then lift and do a quarter turn and roll that direction a few times. Continue rolling, turning the dough, and rolling again until the entire crust is rolled out into a 12″ circle. Work quickly, you don’t want the dough to warm up.
Place the pie crust in your pie pan and fold the excess,overhanging dough underneath, so the pie is now the size of the pan.
Crimp the pie crust by making a “V” or pinching shape with your thumb and forefinger on the outside of the crust. Then, using your other pointer finger, push the crust from the inside to fit in between the V-shaped fingers. Continue all around the crust.
Refrigerate for another 30 minutes.
As you wait for your crust to cool, make the filling.
Peel and slice the peaches, and then toss in a large bowl with the cornstarch, flour, cinnamon, salt, and allspice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, and water. Stir JUST UNTIL the sugar dissolves and then let come to a boil. Resist the urge to stir while it boils. Swirl the pan occasionally to make sure the caramel is browning evenly, but DO NOT STIR.
Once the caramel turns a deep amber brown, remove from heat and add in the butter, swirling the pan until the butter completely melts.
Pour the caramel over the peaches and mix well. Pour the peach-caramel filling into the prepared pie shell and place in the refrigerator once more.
Sprinkle the pecans on a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside until cool enough to handle, then chop.
In the same small, heavy-bottomed saucepan you used for the caramel, melt a stick of butter over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook until the butter turns golden-brown. Set aside.
Whisk together the 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, ½ cup sugar, 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pinch of cinnamon. Mix in the pecans. Drizzle over the browned butter (which now should be slightly cooled) and mix until crumbs form.
Crumble the streusel mixture on top of a rimmed baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove the filled pie pan and the streusel from the refrigerator. Sprinkle and crumble the streusel over the pie filling until the pie filling is completely covered. Cover the pie crust with foil and put in the oven for 15 minutes. Make sure to put a baking sheet or pie drip catcher underneath, as it WILL bubble over and make a mess!
Remove the foil, reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and cook for an additional 30-40 minutes. The crust should be golden brown and the caramel should bubble when the pie is ready.
Cool for at least 3 hours. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SLICING THAT PIE WHEN IT COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN! It will wind up a gooey mess.
After cooling for at least 3 hours, slice and serve with vanilla bean ice cream.