Peach Praline Cobbler

This recipe is so much like the recipe that my Italian neighbor from NYC gave me years ago that I seemed to have misplaced. It is different from the ordinary cobbler. Such a great way to use fresh peaches.

8 cups of fresh peaches (or frozen)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tables cornstarch
1 teas ground cinnamon
3/4 cup light packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups self rising flour
2 teas sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk
in a large pan, combine peaches, 1 cup sugar, water, cornstarch and cinnamon. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Transfer to a 3 qt rectangle baking dish.
For filling:
Stir together brown sugar and melted butter; add pecans. Toss to coat and set aside.
For dough:
IN a large mixing bowl, stir together self rising flour and 2 teas sugar. Cut in the shortening. Make a well in center and add buttermilk. Stir just enough to cling together.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently for 10-12 strokes. roll to a 12×8″ rectangle. Spread with pecan filling. Roll up from one of the long sides, (like you would do when making cinnamon rolls). Cut into 12 (1″ thick) slices. Place slices cut down, atop hot peaches.
Bake, uncovered in 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until dough cuts are golden. Serve warm with ice cream or 1/2 & 1/2 poured over individual servings.
*(you may substitute regular flour with 2 teas baking powder, 1/2 teas baking soda and 1/2 teas salt in place of the self-rising flour)

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