Friday, August 17, 2012

blackberry thyme peach cobbler & hope

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this post is a little different.
different in a good way. starting up this blog has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people across the country as well as across the world.
my heart fills with happiness that i have the privilege of knowing these wonderful people, i know i have become a better person simply by reading their words of wisdom and encouragement on a daily basis. it is encouraging to know that there are still so many GOOD people in the world.
currently, there is a wonderful string of hope posts circulating within the blogging community. it has been amazing to read every one's perspective on hope. two wonderful ladies that i have gotten to know recently have asked me to join in ;Kristy from keepin' it kind & gabby from the veggie nook.
 i visual these words on hope a lot like virtual hand holding, lending support and encouragement with words, a long hand holding string of posts.

but don't worry, of course there's a recipe to go along with a little hope.
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hope gives us the strength and courage to continue to move forward - when all else fails in the world at least we still have hope.

for me, hope is something that can never be taken away, we all have the ability to find hope in any situation even if it appears hopeless.

my dad and i recently had a conversation about this very thing. for him, hope is the one thing above all else that keeps him going - it resides in his heart, in his being. it is the one thing he never questions. hope for my dad is very similar to ones faith.

to keep the relay going, those that are tagged should continue to pass along the encouragement to others to share their own thoughts on what hope means to them. i would love to invite these wonderful bloggers to join in the relay of hope:

melissa @ vegan fling
genevieve @ vanilla & spice
sarah @ inside & out
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now what you all have been waiting for right! the recipe for this amazing cobbler - let me tell you this was entirely inspired from the farmers market on Saturday. Steve from precious gardens had the most beautiful peaches i just couldn't resist. paired up with some blackberry beauties from another local farm and thyme from my garden and i was in cobbler making heaven.
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i love pairing fresh herbs with fruit, it adds a whole nother dimension of flavor.
thyme was a perfect match with both the peaches and blackberries - totally made my heart sing.
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there is a gluten free option which i believe is also paleo - but please don't quote me on that. i am still learning about the paleo way of life and from what i have read coconut sugar is still questionable whether it is paleo or not. tell me, have any of you been researching and testing out any paleo recipes, it is so very similar to whole foods vegan living.

incredible served warm with a scoop of vegan ice cream or coconut whipped cream - this cobbler is super easy to make and is perfect to bring along to your next potluck or BBQ, a total crowd pleaser.
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blackberry thyme peach cobbler
serves 10

you will need:
2 peaches, pit removed and sliced
1 cup black berries
1 tsp fresh thyme, wood stem removed
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut flour or all purpose flour
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup + 1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup boiling water

assembly:
pre heat oven to 350*
Whisk the flour, baking powder thyme, and salt together in a mixing bowl.

Cream 1/2 cup of coconut sugar with the softened coconut oil until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour mixture alternately with the almond milk until no large lumps remain. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish. Arrange the berries & peaches over the batter, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Pour the boiling water over top.

Bake in the preheated oven until the batter has firmed and the berries & peaches are soft, about 40-50 minutes.

enjoy!


Yum

28 comments:

  1. Aw, thank you! I will definitely participate! Right after I figure out the quickest way to get this cobbler into my belly... *drool*

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  2. Thanks for the tag! I'm blown away yet again by your creative desserts. You are kind of ridiculous...but in the best possible way, of course! :)

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    1. Awww thanks Meliss! Looking forward to reading your post on hope :)

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  3. It didn't even cross my mind to ever use thyme in a dessert..li have only used lavender in baking and other basic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and so on. But, thyme is so creative! This cobbler must have tasted divine!

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    1. The thyme was amazing - for some reason (maybe because I have an over abundance of fresh herbs in the Garden) I have been loving adding herbs to my bake goods, it adds such a nuanced flavor to the overall dish :)

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  4. Lovely post on hope Heather! While I already said this on my blog, I feel so lucky to have met you and you inspire me with every post and comment :)

    Lovely dessert! I agree, fresh herbs and fruit are just amazing- I love the coconut flour variation on this to!

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    1. Thanks Gabby, somtimes it is hard for me to put myself out there on a subject like this - so many people have a way with words and I just don't feel like I am one of those lucky ones :0

      LOVE coconut flour!

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  5. That is a gorgeous cobbler Heather.. intricate colors and flavors. I love all your white bright pictures!

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    1. Thanks Richa, I am totally in love with this set of pics too :)

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  6. This cobbler looks beautiful my friend, a reflection on your thoughts on hope :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Thanks for always stopping by to read and for the wonderful comments Uru!

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  7. This looks so amazing! And, as always, the photos are gorgeous! I have to bring a dessert to a party next week, so I think I'll be making this!

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    1. If you do end up making this let me know how it turns out for you! I loved the combination of Blackberries & Thyme it was so good

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  8. what a beautiful cobbler! i love the addition of thyme with coconut flour and sugar! this is a perfect dessert to bring to a family get together before summer is over!

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    1. If only coconut flour and sugar weren't so pricey I would use them in everything possible :)

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  9. what a beautiful post! i love your perspective on hope. i definitely needed to hear that today:) and what a gorgeous cobbler! i love pairing fruit with herbs too! its so beautiful!

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    1. Awww thanks Caralyn, that means so much to me coming from you - you are the epitome of everlasting hope- you never do give up and always have such a positive and sunny outlook which I love!

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  10. What a wonderful post! I think hope is such an integral part of being human... there's a psychiatrist who, during the holocaust, noted how many of the people who survived (despite the same illness, famine, etc. that others died from) were the ones who still had hope. I always think of that as a reminder that hope is real, and it's powerful. I agree with your dad, that it's very similar to faith.

    And as for this cobler... let me just say, I have faith that it's delicious, and I have hope that you'll come over and make it for me. I love the use of thyme, here... I think with a scoop of ice cream I'd be over-the-moon. :)

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    1. That actually came up in our conversation (not the study bit the outlook the survivors must have had and they for sure never gave up on hope)

      Oh gosh don't tempt me, If I could I would be over in a heartbeat!

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  11. Those photos are so beautiful - the perfect complement to your lovely words about hope :)
    Add the fresh thyme is such a great idea - I bet that would have worked well in the peach and blueberry cake that I made too! I would love to serve this as an end-of-summer dessert!

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    1. Thanks Genevieve I bet it would have worked beautifully in your cake!

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  12. I absolutely adore these photos Heather :) And what a fantastic post :) I'm glad that hope is being spread around. I know that in Greek mythology, "hope" was a weapon or a plague released upon humanity. I feel that it is the complete opposite. Without hope, we have nothing to look toward. Having hope keeps us going rather than ruins us. Hope can be a beautiful thing. :)

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more, hope is sertainly a beautiful thing *hugs*

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  13. I'd definitely have to agree how being apart of this food blogging community has really given me a sense of comfort and belonging with others all across the globe who share interests similar to I. A simple comment or question on my blog really improves my day and it makes me feel grand to be able to assist another out there and communicate with others. You're right about hope, it's the only thing we have sometimes that can really make or break certain situations, but inevitably will always get us through the hard times :)

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    1. Hi Bridget! Thank you so much for stopping by, I agree with you 100%, this community is so amazing and am so grateful to have met so many like minded people :)

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  14. You nailed it here "hope gives us the strength and courage to continue to move forward - when all else fails in the world at least we still have hope." I am in such a time of change & transition which is mostly out of my control & all that all I can hang my hat on at the moment is hope. Hope that this is meant to be, hope that I'll be alright in the end, hope that this will all make sense someday. Thank you for encouraging hope. And this recipe is the epitome of comfort...

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    1. I think you absolutely are right , it it is meant to be it is meant to be- everything in life does happen for a reason whether we can see what that reason is in the moment or not- *hugs* and I hope you find hope everyday when you most need it :)

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