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We didn’t have our family 4th of July cookout on the 4th of July because we were in Charlottesville for the Independence day Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello and we just figured that it would be to hectic to try and get back in time to prep for a cookout. So we had our family cookout on Sunday and this Gluten Free Peach Cobbler made it’s appearance there for dinner after a little inspiration from our trip to Monticello and Michie Tavern.
If you’ve never been to Monticello before you must go at least once. It’s a beautiful house and the gardens are so pretty when all of the flowers are blooming. It was so neat to be at Thomas Jefferson’s home on the 4th of July and to witness this Naturalization Ceremony. A perfect way to celebrate Independence Day in my opinion.
After the ceremony, we walked around the grounds at Monticello for a bit and then headed down the mountain to eat at Michie Tavern. (Pronounced “Mickey’s Tavern”) I’ll admit that I love history and this place is pretty neat on the “History meter”. I kept thinking, “This is so cool, like 200 years ago some guy probably sat in this exact spot here in the corner, drinking ale and hanging out with his buddies and now we’re eating lunch here”. Sorry, stuff like that is pretty awesome to me.
But, and I hate to say it, the food is good, but it’s expensive. I’m not sure if we’ll eat there next time we go to Monticello. Gasp I know. I assume the price is jacked up because it’s a “buffet” and a tourist spot, but we certainly didn’t eat enough to justify the $45.00 ticket for lunch. But hey, I suppose once in a life time isn’t so bad. (One of the main reasons I don’t like buffets, I never eat enough to justify the price lol)
However my dad did order a peach cobbler there that he fell in love with and claimed that it justified the price of lunch haha, so it must have been super good. I didn’t try any but he told me that I needed to re-create it at home asap! We did a little tour of the tavern, which really was us walking around the old building and checking out some of the rooms. This also included me snapping a billion pictures in hopes of capturing someone from the past 200 years in a picture, (also one of my weird hobbies, yes… I love to snap pictures in old buildings and abandoned places in hope of catching something creepy in the picture, I’m weird, I know)
But in the little gift shop they had a Michie Tavern cookbook and it actually had the crispy peach cobbler recipe in there, so I figured that I’d give it a shot!
Right beside the Tavern, up the mountain a little, was a peach orchard. (Look at that view from the Orchard!)
We stopped there on the way home and picked up a bag of fresh peaches and headed on our way.
The only problem with making peach cobbler for a family cookout is that my brother’s girlfriend has celiac disease so no “Gluten” foods for her! So what to do? I really wanted to make a peach cobbler, but I didn’t want to leave her out. So I messaged my friend Anne and asked her if I could just find a gluten free flour.
(Anne is my go to health food friend haha) She suggested that I almond flour. So off to the store I went and I found some almond flour and some gluten free oats (ones not dusted in wheat). Then I came home, made the cobbler, carried it to the cookout and crossed my fingers for success!
Thankfully it was enjoyed by all! (Well except for my mom, who obviously needed 100 pounds of sugar on it for it to be good, but whatever) 😉
Meghan loved it, like LOVED it. She never LOVES anything. lol Normally she just “likes” it or stuff is “ehh, ok”. But she really loved it. She ate some for dessert, saved some for breakfast the next morning and sent me a text last night asking if I could make another one for her. haha. *fist pump* I have succeed in making a yummy Gluten Free dessert! Go me!
So while it’s not a heavy syrup, sugar loaded peach cobbler, it’s still really good and it got a thumbs up from our family!