Americans Are Sweet On Georgia Peaches

There's nothing quite as peachy as a Georgia peach, whether you eat it as a sweet snack or serve it in a scrumptious cobbler.

Peaches are not just delicious, they're also incredibly nutritious. Major nutrients include vitamins A and C and potassium.

This succulent fruit is an excellent source of fiber and is good for blood sugar and keeping cholesterol low. A real plus for calorie counters, cholesterol-free peaches contain about 30 calories.

Georgia peaches are especially filling, making them a good snack choice. They also provide a natural plant compound called flavonoids, which research suggests may help prevent cancer and heart disease.

This delicious cobbler is a tasty way to work toward increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat every day:

Georgia Peach Cobbler

8 cups sliced Georgia peaches

2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1/3 cup butter or margarine

Pastry for double-crust pie

Vanilla ice cream

Combine peaches, sugar, flour and nutmeg in a Dutch oven; set aside to allow syrup to form (approx. 15 minutes). Bring peach mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes or until peaches are tender. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and margarine.

Roll half of pastry to 1/8" thickness; cut into a circle to fit a two-quart baking dish. Spoon half of mixture into lightly buttered baking dish; top with pastry. Bake at 475° F. for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Spoon remaining peach mixture over baked pastry.

Roll remaining pastry to 1/8" thickness and cut into 1" strips; arrange in lattice design over peaches. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes until browned.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Serves 8.

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