When I was a
kid of 12 back in the early 50`s, My dad was a minister, that work out in the
fields in the San Joaquin Valley.
peaches was just one of the jobs he did, during the summer to make money for
school clothes. I, as big as I was, I would join him doing that. I dearly loved
doing that, being with him all day. He was my hero, the person I really looked
up to, even though that I could look him straight in the eye, like I said I was
big for my age being 6 ft 3 inches and him being 6-4. The fuzz didnít bother me
like most people. One of the neatest things was when the owner came to pick up
the full boxes of peaches. He didnít use a tractor, he used a team of horses and
a trailer. It always felt fantastic to ride in to the place with your dad
riding on that trailer. Some times the owner would let me drive the horses. and
we would take a bucket of peaches home to eat and let my mother make her peach
cobbler. San Joaquin Valley is in central California, that where all the people
came during the depression in the 1930`s.
That sure brings back memories.....
Grandma Bray`s Peach
8 lg. Alberta peaches
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
6 tbsp butter
3 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup Crisco shortening
1 lg. egg
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup iced water
Peel, slice peaches, and add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix thoroughly, set
aside. Mix flour and Crisco shortening together, beat egg, and add egg, vinegar,
and iced water together to make the dough. Roll dough out on a floured board.
Place dough in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour in peach mixture, place the tbsp of
butter around the cobbler. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes -- or until done
depending on you elevation.