The Absolute Best Peach Cobbler

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Making your own peach cobbler is easier than you think! This recipe is simple, and the results are delicious. Your family will love this sweet and juicy dessert. Plus, it's a great way to use up those fresh peaches from summertime farmers' markets. So gather your ingredients and get ready to bake!

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What Is A Cobbler?

A cobbler is a dessert that is typically made with fruit and a biscuit-like topping. The dough for the topping is usually made from flour, butter, sugar, and baking powder. The peach cobbler is a classic American dessert, and it's perfect for summertime picnics and barbecues.

The peach cobbler is a classic American dessert, and it's thought to have originated in the early 1800s. There are many different theories about where this dessert came from, but one of the most popular stories is that a woman named Peach Smith created it in Georgia. Another theory suggests that the peach cobbler was actually invented by British immigrants who brought the recipe with them when they settled in America.

No matter where it came from, the peach cobbler is a delicious dessert that is perfect for summertime. This recipe is easy to make, and it's a great way to use up fresh peaches.

Cobbler Vs Pie

Cobbler vs Pie

The peach cobbler and the peach pie are both classic American desserts, but they are actually quite different. The cobbler is made with a biscuit-like topping, while the pie has a crust made from flour, butter, and sugar. The peach cobbler is also typically baked in a skillet or baking dish, while the peach pie is baked in a pie dish.

Cobbler Batter

The peach cobbler batter is simple to make and it's a great way to use up fresh peaches. The dough is made from flour, butter, sugar, and baking powder. You can also add a little cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor.

Once you have mixed the dough ingredients together, you will need to cut in the butter. To do this, you will need to use a pastry cutter or two knives. You want the butter to be in small pieces so that it will melt evenly when it bakes.

Forming the cobbler batter.

Cobbler Filling

Cobbler filling is typically made with fruit. The fruit should be fresh and ripe for the best results. You can also use frozen fruit, but you will need to thaw them first. You also add other flavorings to the fruit such as vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg depending on the recipe.

To assemble the cobbler, you will need to place the dough on top of the fruit mixture. Be sure to leave some gaps so that the fruit juices can bubble up during baking.

Overhead shot of the cobbler filling in the pan.

Standard Kitchen Tools For Making A Cobbler

Cobbler is typically baked in a skillet or baking dish. For a truly rustic look, you can use your cast iron skillet. If you're baking a cobbler to bring with you as a dessert at a function then a nice baking dish is a great option.

You'll also need a couple of mixing bowls for mixing up the filling and the topping batter.

A pastry cutter is a wonderful tool to use when creating the topping batter. If you don't have one then 2 knives can work just fine, but if you plan on baking often I'd recommend purchasing a pastry cutter. It will certainly save time. Cutting butter is a common way to add butter to many recipes such as biscuits, scones, and pies.

As far as measuring goes you'll need some basic tools. For liquid ingredients, a glass measuring cup with lines works just fine. But for dry ingredients, I like to use a set of nesting metal measuring cups. This way I can easily measure multiple ingredients without having to wash the measuring cup in between uses.

For mixing you can use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. I prefer using my silicone spatula that way I can make sure that I get all the delicious ingredients out of the mixing bowl, not leaving a drop of goodness behind.

Children helping bake by pouring milk into a mixing bowl.

Cobbler Toppings

When serving cobbler, there are many different ways to top it. One popular way is to use a scoop of ice cream. The cold ice cream is a great contrast to the warm cobbler.

Another option is to top the cobbler with whipped cream. This will add a bit of sweetness and creaminess to the dessert.

If you want to keep it simple, a cobbler is delicious on its own. No need to add anything else!

Peach cobbler plated up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream top.

Troubleshooting Cobbler

– If your cobbler is too runny, make sure you use ripe fruits that are in season. You can also add a bit more flour to the filling to help thicken it up.

– If your cobbler is too dry, make sure you add enough liquid to the filling. You can also add a bit more butter to the topping batter.

– If your cobbler is not browning, make sure you brush the top with milk or butter before baking. This will help the top brown in the oven.

– If your cobbler is not cooked through, make sure you bake it long enough. You can also insert a toothpick into the center of the cobbler to check for doneness. The toothpick should come out clean when the cobbler is done.

So gather your ingredients and get ready to bake! This peach cobbler recipe is simple, so anyone can make it. The results are delicious—your family will love this sweet and juicy dessert. And what could be better than a homemade dessert that uses up those fresh peaches from summertime farmers' markets? Bake up a batch of peach cobbler for your loved ones today!

The Absolute Best Peach Cobbler

Making your own peach cobbler is easier than you think! This recipe is simple, and the results are delicious. Your family will love this sweet and juicy dessert. Plus, it's a great way to use up those fresh peaches from summertime farmers' markets. So gather your ingredients and get ready to bake!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cobbler, Dessert, Peach Cobbler
Servings: 4
Calories: 505kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Pastry Cutter Or two knives if you don't have a pastry cutter
  • Wooden Spoon or Silicone Spatula

Ingredients

Topping Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar divided
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup water
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter very well chilled
  • 1 egg white beaten with water added
  • Optional to serve: Whipped cream or ice cream, of choice

Filling Ingredients

  • 8 large ripe peaches, pitted and chopped
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tps real vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Make sure to set the top rack in the center position.

Topping Instructions

  • Add flour, ½ cup sugar, salt, and baking powder to a bowl and stir to combine. Chop chilled butter into very small pieces with a sharp knife. Add to bowl and combine with dry ingredients with your fingers until small pebble-sized pieces are formed.
  • Add heavy cream and water to the flour mixture and stir until all the dry ingredients are moist and somewhat sticky. Do not overwork dough. 


Filling Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, first add the peaches, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and toss to combine.

Assembly

  • Transfer the filling to a greased 8” x 8” baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of peach mixture before placing pan in pre-heated oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove baking pan from oven and carefully dollop the topping dough over the top, making sure the dough is the same thickness throughout. Leave spaces in between each dollop for a more rustic look.
  • Return to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the topping begins to brown. Remove from oven and brush the top with the egg white wash and sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Return to oven to finish baking, another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven when the top is golden brown.
  • Allow pan to cool slightly before serving on its own or topped with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

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