Raspberry Peach Cobbler with Earl Grey Biscuit Topping Dish No. 2 of 6 for The Bounty of Blissful Berry Bites (an adaptation of a cobbler recipe found in Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)
For Cobbler 2 pints fresh raspberries 1 1/2 lbs yellow peaches, pitted and diced 1 1/4 cups sugar 1/3 cup instant tapioca Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon 1/2 tsp plus a pinch of salt
For Drop Biscuits 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup fine yellow cornmeal 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp sugar 2 bags of Earl Grey tea 1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces 1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375° F, with racks in the center and lower third. Lined a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, toss together the raspberries, peaches, sugar, tapioca, lemon juice, and pinch of salt; stir to combine. Let stand about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Divide the filling among six to 8 10-ounce baking dishes, or pour into a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, and Earl Grey tea. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger clumps remaining.
Pour in the milk; using a rubber spatula, fold milk into the dough, working in all directions and incorporating crumbs at the bottom of the bowl, until the dough just comes together. Do not overmix. Using a large spoon, top cobbler filling with dollops of dough, leaving a 1-inch border.
Brush dough with cream. Transfer baking dishes to prepared baking sheet; bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until biscuits are golden brown and juices are bubbling, 50-60 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, at least 1 hour. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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