Let's Celebrate! August is National Peach Month

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J.PattonToday, more than halfway through the month of August, I made a discovery, and I felt a little behind in the game. August is National Peach Month.

There are many reasons to belatedly celebrate this occasion. Here are a few: The potassium in peaches can actually prevent anxiety, muscle weakness, poor memory and skin problems. This flavorful fruit is also packed full of fiber, which can help prevent colon cancer and lower cholesterol levels as well. When you bite into a juicy peach slice, you’re also munching on a great source of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and prevents multiple types of cancer.

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The peach contains many health benefits, and its sweet flavor makes it the perfect
choice for the whole family.
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So, in honor of National Peach Month, here is a delicious recipe for peach cobbler I found. It’s true that this scrumptious dessert isn’t the healthiest dish you can make with peaches, so after baking it, cut yourself a skinny slice and find a few other friends to help you honor this fabulous fruit.

Peach Cobbler 

SERVES 8

• 4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
• 2 cups sugar, divided
• 1/2 cup water
• 8 tablespoons butter
• 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
• 1 1/2 cups milk
• Ground cinnamon, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine the peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.

4. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.

5. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.