Peach cobbler is the one dessert that always gives me a homey, cozy, and comforting feeling. The warm peaches surrounded by a flakey, delicious crust, and topped with a rich vanilla ice cream makes this the ultimate dessert.
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I love the combination of texture, flavors and temperatures in this southern dessert. This easy dessert recipe is perfect for those cozy nights when you want to indulge in some southern flavors.
How To Choose The Perfect Peach
Picking the perfect peaches is imperative to making a delicious peach cobbler. First, you want to try and grab peaches that are from a local farmer. The shorter the distance the produce has to travel, the better. Less distance means that peaches can be picked at peak times, when they are ripe. This leads to fuller flavor and better texture. If you'd like to know more about how to pick the best produce check out our article on Farmer's Markets.
Next, you'll want to pay attention to color. Ripe and flavorful peaches are bright in color with yellow, pink, and reddish hues. Never pick a peach with green in its skin.
Third, assess the texture of the peach. Gently squeeze at the top of the peach where the stem was. If it gives a bit, it is ready to bite into! Firmer peaches may need a day or two before they are ready.
Fourth, go ahead a sniff the peach. They should smell how you want them to taste, however, be aware that this can be misleading. The best plan of action is to rely on the first 3 steps to make sure you get the best peaches for your cobbler every time!
How To Make Peach Cobbler
Prepare The Filling
To make this peach cobbler recipe, you'll need peaches, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract. First, pit and chop your peaches into bite sized chunks. Then grab a large bowl, add the ingredients and toss to combine them all.
Transfer the peach mixture into your preferred baking dish ( you can use a square or a round cake pan) for the cobbler and top it with brown sugar. I love the way that the brown sugar caramelizes the peaches and adds wonderful depth of flavor.
Bake the peaches on 400 degrees on the center rack of your oven for about 10 minutes.
Flaky Crust For Peach Cobbler
While, the peaches are baking, begin on your crust! This crust is so buttery and flakey, its the perfect contrast in texture to the soft peaches.
First, combine flour, ½ cup sugar, salt, and baking powder to a different bowl and stir to combine. Then grab your butter. Make sure that your butter is very cold, it should be hard when you chop it. Cut it into very small cubes with a sharp knife.
It is important that your butter stays as cold as possible when cutting, this is what makes the crust of your peach cobbler flakey and light. Add the butter to your bowl and combine it with dry ingredients. Gentle mix everything together with your fingers until pebble sized pieces are formed. Don't handle the dough too much, otherwise the butter will begin to melt.
Next, add the heavy cream and water to the flour mixture and stir with a fork until all the dry ingredients are moist and somewhat sticky. Be careful not to overwork dough!
Grab your baked peaches out of the oven and carefully spoon dough over the top, making sure the dough is the same thickness throughout. You can leave some spaces between where you place the dough or cover it fully. The spaces will make your cobbler have a more rustic appearance.
Return the cobbler to oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until the topping begins to brown. Then, remove it from oven and brush the top with the egg white wash and sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Pop it back into the oven to finish baking for about another 10-15 minutes. When the top is golden-brown it's ready to remove!
Allow pan to cool slightly before serving. I like to serve mine with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Try serving it in little ramekins for a beautiful presentation!
Tools You May Need To Make Peach Cobbler
- Sharp Knife. Slice your peaches into perfect bite-sized pieces with these awesome chef's knives!
- Cutting Board. I love this bamboo cutting board because it's sturdy, easy to clean, and naturally antibacterial.
- Large Bowl. A big kitchen bowl for baking, tossing, marinating, and mixing always comes in handy! I like this one because it's stainless steel, easy to clean, and durable.
- 8 large, ripe peaches, pitted and chopped
- 1/3 c. white sugar
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 2 t. all-purpose flour
- 1 t. kosher salt
- 1 t. nutmeg
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. real vanilla extract
- ¼ c. packed brown sugar
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- ¾ c. sugar, divided
- 1 t. kosher salt
- 1 t. baking powder
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup water
- 8 T. unsalted butter, very well chilled
- 1 egg white, beaten with water added
- Place the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F.
- Add peaches, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla extract to a large bowl and toss to combine.
- Transfer to a greased 8” x 8” baking pan 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.
- Add flour, ½ cup sugar, salt, and baking powder to a different 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 with a fork until all the dry ingredients are moist and somewhat sticky. Do not overwork dough.
- Remove baking pan from oven and carefully spoon dough over the top, making sure the dough is the same thickness throughout. Leave spaces in between, as pictured, 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!
A Classic Southern Dessert
Peach cobbler is well known as a southern dessert, but you don't have to be in the South to eat it! Nor do you have to leave your house to get it. By following this simple recipe you can whip up your own homemade peach cobbler in no time. Try it, next time you're craving a sweet treat or surprise your friends and family at your next dinner party!
If you like southern desserts, you may want to try our recipe for Possum Pie (don't worry, no possums were used).
Do you like peach cobbler? Have you ever attempted to make it at home? Let us know in the comments below!