Aretha Franklin’s Peach Cobbler: Food For The Soul

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Aretha Franklin is healthy again, slimmer than she’s been since the 1980s, and ready to reclaim her throne as the Queen of Soul. Now she eats better, healthier options, and nothing after 6 p.m. Aretha’s diabetes has improved, thanks to her new diet and the exercises she does with a personal trainer.

She still splurges on a few treats every now and again, but it’s all about moderation and tweaking a couple of her recipes to be healthier, like this one: her famous peach cobbler.

(Aretha Franklin’s Peach Cobbler/ Photo credit: Cooking Channel)

10 (8 1/2-ounce) cans sliced peaches, drained
2 sticks unsalted butter, divided, 1 stick cut into small pieces
1 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 store bought refrigerated pie doughs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Canola oil spray
1 pint vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large saucepan, add peaches, 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Add bread crumbs and stir. Using a sprinkle of flour, roll out both pie crusts; 1 will be used for the top of the cobbler and 1 for the bottom.

Spray a 10-inch square pan with canola oil and place 1 layer of dough into the baking dish. Place a few chips of butter, as well as a dusting of the remaining sugar, on the bottom crust. Pour the peach mixture into the baking dish. Cut the top layer of dough into strips and arrange them on the top of the peaches in a lattice pattern. Top with 3 or 4 chips of butter and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the crust is brown and the peaches are bubbling. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.