Happiness

Sunday, August 10, 2014
"So early it's still almost dark out.
I'm near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.

When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.

They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren't saying anything, these boys.

I think if they could, they would take
each other's arm.
It's early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.

They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.

Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn't enter into this.

Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it."

- "Happiness", by Raymond Carver

Seven things that make me happy:

1. Raymond Carver's poem. And any moment of unexpected happiness that takes me by surprise.
2. Having the girls home for a day off from their jobs at camp.
3. Discovering a new book that's so well written, I fall in love with it. This year I've read a number of books that I've adored - If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, This is How You Lose Her, Dear Life, and Road Ends, to name a few.
4. The scene in Singin' in the Rain, where Gene Kelly sings the intro to the title song.
5. Spending time with the people I love, my family and friends.
6. Spending time by myself.
7. Fresh fruit at the peak of the season, and the desserts I make with it.

This recipe almost merits a separate entry on the list, since it uses two of the freshest fruits available right now, peaches and raspberries. I've cut down the sugar quite a bit because raspberries and peaches are at their peaks, and they're nearly sweet enough on their own. If you're baking out of season or like a very sweet dessert, you could add more. Whatever makes you happy.

"Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me."

- from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", by T.S. Eliot

Peach Raspberry Cobbler

Filling:

6 sliced peaches (peeled)
2 cups raspberries
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Cobbler Topping:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar (first amount)
7 Tbsp cold butter
1 Tbsp cold shortening, cut into small cubes (if you have time, put it in the freezer for an hour)
7 Tbsp milk
1/2 – 1 Tbsp sugar (second amount)

Preheat oven to 375, and lightly butter a 2 quart casserole or 8 x 8” baking dish.

For the filling, gently toss peaches with raspberries, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Pour into prepared baking dish.

For the cobbler topping, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and 1 Tbsp sugar. Grate butter into the dry ingredients and add shortening cubes. With hands or a pastry blender, cut the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Add the milk and toss with a fork until well combined. Remove from bowl and knead a few times until the mixture comes together. Cut into circles with a cookie cutter or overturned glass, and set on the fruit mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 – 1 Tbsp sugar.

Bake 45 minutes until topping is browned and mixture is bubbly. Cool slightly before serving. 


23 comments:

Liz Berg said...

Oooh, this is one of my favorites! Yup, one of the best part of summer is a fruit dessert! Love that you can highlight all the good you see around you. I love when all my chicks are home, too...it doesn't happen very often anymore!!!

Valerie Gamine said...

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is my favourite T.S.Eliot work! Love that you found a way to tie it into your fluffy, happy cobbler! This looks absolutely scrumptious.

veggieats.com said...

Love this! Coincidently I just baked a strawberry cobbler 😊 love the summer for the all the fresh and best berries we get...

Julie said...

Beautiful post and dessert!!!

Mary Callan said...

I love your list of happy things! and your cobbler looks and sounds wonderful :)
Mary

Natalie Aguirre said...

Yum! This recipe looks fantastic. And loved the poem and what you're happy for.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the sound of this one too!
I echo so many of the items on your list!

lisa h. said...

Beautiful poem, delicious cobbler :D

Angie Schneider said...

Love love cobbler! The combination of sweet juicy peaches and tart raspberries in the cobbler is just a pure happiness.

vanillasugarblog said...

My happiness is this summer season.
We've been so blessed with the most perfect summer weather.
Was it the harsh winter we survived? Or the brutal humid summer last year?
Who knows...I just love my summer and I don't want it to end. The bounty of fruit and vegetables I've been devouring has been sizeable!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Peaches and raspberries are one of life's perfect combinations and this dessert is SUCH a lovely use of them. YUM! This definitely makes me happy. =)

Katerina said...

Greece is a major peach producer! This cobbler looks delicious!

Joanne said...

I've been wanting to read This Is How I Lose Her! That will be next after I finish The Goldfinch, which seems to be taking FOREVER. :) Love this use of fresh summer fruits! Perfection with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Gloria Baker said...

I love this post Beth and love your cobbler !
Really lovely post:)

Juliana Levine said...

Beautiful cobbler Beth, peach and raspberries...yum! A bite of this cobbler would sure make me happy...
Enjoy your week :D

grace said...

it's important to remember things that make us happy! my list would probably be quite similar to yours. LOVE this cobbler--that biscuit topping is perfect.

Claire Davis said...

Love your list! And peaches are so delicious this time of year, I've never paired them with raspberries, yum.

Kitchen Riffs said...

I always thoroughly enjoy your poetry selections! Good stuff. As is this recipe -- I love cobblers, and mixed fruit ones are wonderful. Thanks.

nancy at good food matters said...

That Carver poem is exquisite, and a new one for me. Love it. Just love it. Thank you, Beth.

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, that poem is indeed quite special - and your Paech-Raspberry-Cobbler looks wonderful - perfect dessert with a definite touch of comfort food!

kirstenlopresti said...

Thanks for the poems and the recipes.

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

This sounds and looks delicious! Love the poem too and this brightened my day.Thank you!

Claudia said...

The peaches are perfect right now! This is great inspiration to use them baking (I just eat them, and the peach juice drops down my arms - most satisfying - until the fruit flies come after me.)

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