Easy Peach Cobbler is a delicious dessert made with tender juicy fresh peaches and a crusty buttery biscuit-like topping. A mouth-watering family dessert that’s made from scratch and can be enjoyed all year round!
It wasn’t my plan at all to make peach cobblers. But when hubby and I saw all those fresh, plump, in-season peaches at the local market, I knew I had to make something out of them. Then I ended up buying a box of them and I don’t have the slightest regret about it.
Comforting Homemade Peach Cobbler
Making a cobbler is a great way to enjoy all these fresh fruits in season. I mean, how can you pass up on a fruity syrupy filling covered in biscuit toppings? It’s so appetizing be it in hot or cold weather. And not to mention how easy it is to prepare.
Newbie bakers are so welcome to make this!😉
You’ll only need pantry staple ingredients like granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg to go along with the peeled peaches.
You just have to cook them on medium heat for about 6-8 minutes or until the sugars dissolve resulting in a syrupy tender peach filling! Then the slightly crusty exterior complements the spiced and sweet layer of peach fillings. Double Yum!
How To Peel Peaches
Don’t stress your self too much when it comes to peeling peaches. Indeed it’s quite tricky, but I’ve found an easy and much more effective way to peel peaches.
- Simply place peaches in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.
- Transfer them to a bowl of ice water.
- Pat them dry and slip the skins off. Yes, as easy as that!
- All-Purpose Flour – an all-around flour that you can easily have ready. It’s also my default flour as it’s never hard to find one in grocery stores and very versatile, too.
- Sugar – makes the pastry dough soft and moist by absorbing the excess moisture that helps give the dough texture.
- Baking Powder – acts as a leavening agent that expands and gives you a light dough. Though, it leaves a bitter taste in the food if too much of it is added.
- Baking Soda – another leavening agent that produces carbon dioxide which makes the dough expand. This needs to be activated with an acidic ingredient like buttermilk.
- Salt – helps with the browning of the crust and strengthens the formation of gluten in dough making.
- Unsalted Butter – cut it into small cubes to easily mix it in the flour. Actually, cutting it is also a way to easily soften it. After all, you can’t overwork the dough crust when the butter is soft enough to work with.
- Buttermilk – gives a classic tangy flavor to pastries and desserts, plus its acidic profile activates the baking soda that acts as a leavening agent for the dough.
- Heavy Cream – or make an egg wash for brushing the top of the crust of the cobbler. A good reason to not skip this ingredient is that it gives the cobbler an extra rich flavor with a golden-brown crust!
- Chopped Pecans – an aromatic and buttery-tasting nut that tastes well with the peaches and is used as toppings in this recipe. It tastes so nice that it almost didn’t make it on top of the cobbler!😋
- Vanilla Ice Cream – add a serving of this on top to bring out more of the cobbler’s flavor. The vanilla flavor, aside from giving a delicious taste, also brings out the flavors of any food that it’s eaten with.
- Peaches – peeled, cored, and sliced. Ripe peaches are sweet and have vivid orange flesh that gives a well-rounded flavor to a cobbler recipe like this.
- Sugar – either white or brown sugar is best for making the peach filling. You can even poach the peaches in simple syrup if you like to increase the sweetness in the cobbler.
- Salt – is added to highlight the flavors of the sweet peach filling. Try to compare any dessert that doesn’t have salt VS. with salt in it, and you’ll notice the difference of taste. Surely the one with a pinch of salt will give you a profound taste.
- Cornstarch – acts as a thickener for a perfectly set texture of the filling. Make sure you’ll see thick bubbles when making the filling as a sign that the cornstarch is well-incorporated into the food.
- Cinnamon – usually mixed with sugar in making desserts because of its nice warming property and sweet taste. It’s even added to other desserts and even bread recipes for its flavor.
- Nutmeg – it has a warming effect that goes well with sweet food like pastries and puddings. The flavor it gives is even better when it’s freshly grated and added straight to the food.
- Pastry Flour – it’s not the same as cake flour but it also has less protein content than all-purpose flour. That means, it can yield a soft yet well-structured pastry dough. Use the same amount as all-purpose flour needed in the recipe.
- Brown Sugar – it’s richer in flavor compared to white sugar and it works definitely well with making the pastry dough. Use the same amount as needed for white sugar when substituting for it.
- Frozen Peaches – you just have to thaw and drain them well before using for the peach filling.
- Lemon Juice – to add a refreshing citrus flavor and to balance the sweetness of peach cobbler.
- Plain Yogurt – instead of buttermilk you can use yogurt as it will give the same tangy taste while it activates the baking soda.
- Evaporated Milk – use it in place of heavy cream and mix with the egg for a richer brown cobbler’s crust. You can check out my guide here on How to Make Evaporated Milk.
- Pistachios – its fresh minty and piney taste pairs well with the peach cobbler. Add it or replace the pecans, either way, it will still be a great addition to this lovely dessert!
Tips and Tricks
- Blanch the peaches. Simply place the peaches in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds and remove them to a bowl of ice water. Pat them dry and slip the skins off. Yes, as easy as that!
- Drain the peaches. Make sure to properly drain the canned peaches (if you’re using them) because the liquid from it might affect the consistency of your filling. The excess water makes a runny peach filling and will give a soggy cobbler.
- Do not overmix the pastry dough. Overmixing the dough will melt the butter resulting in a dense and gummy crust.
- Use cold butter and buttermilk. This is to make sure that when mixing the ingredients together the cold ingredients will keep separated from the flour. Thus, creating pockets of air when the fat is melting. This in turn will result to a a flaky and airy crust.
- Refrigerate the pastry dough. After making the pastry dough, refrigerating it will help relax the gluten in the flour which will give a soft and crisp crust.
- Toothpick test. To determine if your biscuit topping is ready, stick a toothpick into the biscuit, if it comes out clean– it is cooked through and the cobbler is ready.
While fresh peaches are the perfect choice for this cobbler, you could use 2-3, 29-pound canned peaches too! Just drain them first before mixing with the rest of the filling ingredients. And you don’t need to cook them. Easier right?😉
It could be the excess water from the peaches that you used or the canned peaches might have not drained well. Also, make sure that you’ve cooled it enough to thicken completely.
You can use unripe peaches, BUT it will greatly affect the baking time and amount of sugar to put in the recipe to make up for the sweetness of a ripe peach.
Serving and Storage instructions
- Baked peach cobbler: just cover it with aluminum foil and pop in the freezer. This can last for up to 3 months.
- Prepared Peach Filling: If you don’t want a mushy topping, you can freeze the prepared peach filling for up to 4 months and assemble it on the day of serving.
If you’re lucky enough to have any leftover peach cobbler, you can simply store them in the fridge for up to 4 days. Just transfer it to an airtight container before storage.
Don’t leave it in the fridge for too long as it could go bad quickly!
When ready to serve, thaw the baked peach cobbler overnight then reheat in the microwave until warmed and serve.
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How To Make Peach Cobbler
- Prepare the baking pan. Preheat oven to 350℉ (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with baking spray and set aside.
- Make the pastry dough. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until fully combined. Add the butter either by using your hands, a pastry cutter, or two forks, then cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. (Photos 1-2)
- Add the buttermilk to the dough. Slowly add in the buttermilk and mix until evenly combined. Do not overwork the dough. (Photos 3-4)
- Make the peach filling. Next, add the sliced peaches, sugars, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes mixing frequently until the sugar has dissolved and juice oozes out from the peaches. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. (Photos 5-8)
- Assemble the Peach Cobbler. When cool, transfer the peach into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out into an even layer. Drop the dough by a handful over the peaches allowing some gaps as the dough will puff up and spread as it bakes. Brush the top with some heavy cream or egg wash and sprinkle with some chopped pecans. (Photos 9-11)
- Bake until golden brown. Bake for about 40 -45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and cooked through and the filling is bubbly.
- Serving. Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream. (Photo 12)
- 1 ¾ cups (219 g) all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup (150 g) sugar
- 2 teaspoons (8 g) baking powder
- ½ teaspoon (2 g) baking soda
- ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) salt
- ½ cup (1 stick or 4 ounces) unsalted butter , cut into small cubes
- ¾ cup (184 g) buttermilk
- heavy cream or egg wash , for brushing the top
- ½ cup chopped pecans , for toppings
- vanilla ice cream , for serving
- 8 to 10 peaches , peeled, cored and sliced (about 8 cups)
- ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (100 g) brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon (1.25 g) salt
- 1- 1 ½ tablespoon (8-11 g) cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon (0.65 g) cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon (0.65 g) nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350℉ (175 degrees C)
- Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan with baking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together until fully combined. Add the butter either by using your hands, a pastry cutter, or two forks, then cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles a coarse meal.
- Slowly add in the buttermilk and mix until evenly combined. Do not overwork the dough.
- Next, add the sliced peaches, sugars, salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes mixing frequently until the sugar has dissolved and juice oozes out from the peaches. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- When cool, transfer the peach into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out into an even layer. Drop the dough by a handful over the peaches allowing some gaps as the dough will puff up and spread as it bakes. Brush the top with some heavy cream or egg wash and sprinkle with some chopped pecans.
- Bake for about 40 -45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and cooked through and the filling is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
Tips & Notes:
- If you do not want to use fresh peaches, you can use about 2-3 29-pound canned
peaches, drained. If using canned peaches, do not cook the peaches, pour it in a
bowl and all the rest of the ingredients to it, mix to combine then transfer into
the baking pan.
- To determine if your biscuit topping is ready, stick a toothpick into the
biscuit, if it comes out clean– it is cooked through and the cobbler is ready.
- If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to a cup of whole milk, stir and let sit for 5 minutes. This can be used in place of buttermilk.
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.