Southern Peach Cobbler
In the spirit of hanging onto every last bit of summer, I’m sharing my favorite Southern peach cobbler recipe this week. It’s an easy dessert made from sweet yellow peaches, warm spices and a homemade buttermilk biscuit topping, baked until the fruit is tender and bubbling and the topping is crisp and golden. The recipe is a great way to use up all those summer peaches, as well as any other summer fruit you’d like to mix in (hint: blackberries would be wonderful). Just be sure to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of sweetened whipped cream on top.
Begin peeling, pitting and slicing the peaches.
Toss the peaches with 2/3 cup of sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Let the peaches sit while you prepare the topping.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 6 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the butter.
Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add the buttermilk and almond extract.
Stir until evenly moistened but not completely smooth.
Transfer the peaches to a buttered baking dish.
Drop the batter in large, evenly spaced dollops on top of the peaches. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar over the batter.
Place the baking dish on a sheet pan in the oven (to guard against spills) and bake until the bottom is bubbling and the top is golden, about 40 minutes.
Let cool for about 15 minutes, and serve with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream. Enjoy!
Note: My starting point for this recipe was this recipe from Slate magazine by L.V. Anderson. I increased the sugar significantly, reduced the lemon juice and cornstarch, increased the butter and simplified the cooking process.
Southern Peach Cobbler
- 3-1/4 pounds yellow peaches (about 8), peeled, pitted and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- About 1 cup sugar, divided
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off with a knife
- 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks, plus more for greasing the pan
- 2/3 cup buttermilk (see note below to make your own)
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter a 9-inch square or 7 x 11-inch baking dish.
- Make the peach filling: In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well to coat the peaches evenly. Taste the filling; it should have the perfect balance of tart and sweet. If it is too tart, add 1-2 tablespoons more sugar. Set aside.
- Make the topping: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, 6 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter and blend with a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the buttermilk and almond extract and stir with a spoon until just combined. It will look a little bit lumpy -- do not overmix.
- Transfer the peach filling to the prepared baking dish (don't leave any of the juices behind) and flatten into an even layer. Drop the batter in large, evenly spaced dollops on top of the peaches. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the batter. Place the baking dish on a foil-lined sheet pan in the oven (to guard against spills) and bake until the bottom is bubbling and the top is golden, about 40 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then serve with vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.
- Cover any leftover cobbler loosely with a kitchen towel. (Do not cover with plastic wrap or the biscuit topping will get soggy.) Reheat in a 325°F oven for about 15 minutes.
- Note: To make your own buttermilk, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then, add milk to the 2/3 cup line and let sit for 15 minutes, until the mixture curdles.
- Per serving (9 servings)
- Calories: 280
- Fat: 7g
- Saturated fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 53g
- Sugar: 39g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 4g
- Sodium: 235mg
- Cholesterol: 18mg
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