If you have ever traveled in Alabama you more than likely have spent some time on Interstate 65. This well traversed corridor connects the tippy top of the state all the way to nearly its southernmost point (which is Sand Island Light off the coast of Dauphin Island). Dauphin Island was once my hometown so I have spent quite a bit of time traveling across the state. I-65 basically bisects the state at the largest cities, Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile.
Just south of Birmingham, in Clanton is a landmark that delights all the children who see it, and can cause quite a stir with adults as well. It is the big Peach Water Tower. Although it is a novelty for most on the road, it is actually the X on a treasure map and the prize is peaches, of course.
We stopped at a little fruit stand just underneath the peach and bought a few peaches and some green tomatoes and I was in Little Ol’ Southern Lady Heaven. You know you are in for a treat when the peach in its natural state smells good and fills your car with the promise of good things to come. So it was just plain sinful to make them into Paula Deen’s Peach Cobbler. I usually doctor recipes or change things a bit according to my own tastes or that of my family but this one needed no changes or substitutions.
It was warm, bubbly and not too sweet. The peaches balanced out the sweetness of the cobbler itself and even with vanilla ice cream wasn’t as sweet as some cobblers I have had in the past.
So if you are looking for a great peach cobbler recipe, Paula Deen’s is worth a try. It certainly worked for me!