Step by step Fresh peach cobbler recipe from scratch with photo of each step. There are some foods that are just too perfect to be true. Like, this Southern Fresh Peach Cobbler made from scratch. This is super simple. The ingredients are all handy except for fresh peaches which are seasonal produce.
Peach cobbler is deep southern dessert from America brought there by early British settlers. There are many version and all are different but delicious.
Why it is called peach cobbler?
Cobbler, we know is a shoe maker. Here, Cobbler comes from the word ‘Cobble’ which means to put something together clumsily. Since, biscuit topping is dotted clumsily, may be that’s why. And when you’ll follow this recipe, you just need to cobble these ingredients nicely and you’ve got a perfect dessert.
What does it taste like?
This peach cobbler is very moist, sweet, has somewhat cake like texture but chewy, delicious sides. The sweetness of peach filling peaks through cake like crust. The walnut in the topping give you a chew here and there and cinnamon, is my personal favorite spice. You can skip cinnamon if you don’t like peach and cinnamon combo. Since, some cobbler have crispy biscuit topping, this one is not like biscuit.
This dessert is a crowd pleasure, something, I would compare with Gajar ka Halwa. You must be raising one eye at my comparison with Gajar ka Halwa. Since, it is quite heavy with butter and flour and sweet like Halwa. It taste best when warm like Halwa. And, it taste great with vanilla ice cream like Gajar Halwa.
Types of peaches
Since, it is main ingredient, use best peaches. Reduce sugar if peaches are naturally very sweet and ripened. If using, over-ripened peaches, you may skip cooking peaches on pan and just mix the sugar and peaches. Set aside for 15 minute and you are set. I used thick peach wedges, but I suggest chunk would be best. If you don’t like big chunk then you can make thin wedges.
One more thing this cobbler is quite filling. I can skip my meal after having it. So, if you plan it for a gathering along with a savory dish and a main course, and two sides, like a salad and a soup or raita, I would suggest to keep small serving sizes.
So, if you are hosting a group of 12-16 people of mixed appetite. Divide the peach in two large plates and serve with ½ litre scoops of vanilla ice cream all around the peach cobbler in each plate. I will upload a photo when I make it again. For single servings, you can make it in ramekins too, which means crispy crust in every bite. Yumm!
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Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe
- ½ cup (100 gram) butter
- 4 cup peaches - ,skinned and cut in chunks
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Batter for crust
- 1 cup flour
- ¾ cup icing sugar - (pissi cheeni)
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 fist full walnuts - broken in bits (optional)
- Pre-heat oven at 375 C (gas mark 5).
- Take butter in 9 x 10 inch baking dish (see notes for more options) and melt in oven for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Make Peach Filling
- Mix sugar, peach and lemon juice in pot and bring it to boil. Simmer for a minutes until sugar is melted. Peach filling is ready.
Prepare Batter for crust
- Mix flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Now, add in milk and an egg, mix well. Pour the batter slowly over melted butter without mixing it.
- Pour peach filling over batter. Do not mix. (The batter with rise itself to top during baking.)
- Sprinkle cinnamon and walnuts (if using) on top. Bake on middle shelf for 40-45 minutes until top is golden.