- What is a Cobbler?
- 📜A short history of the Peach Cobbler
- Why we love 💕this Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
- 🕐How to make this Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
- Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
If peach is your favorite summer fruit, then the Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches will be your favorite summer recipe. It is relatively easy to make: you need peaches, sugar, spices and flour for the filling; then you top with cream, sugar, butter and, flour. OK. It is sweet and looks like a rustic pie but, it is different. Next to a melting vanilla ice cream scoop is the best sugary treat in a hot summer day. If you want to learn a bit about the history of the Peach Cobbler, continue reading below. Otherwise, jump to the recipe to make it asap!
What is a Cobbler?
A Cobbler to many Americans is a deep-dish pie topped with baking-powder biscuit dough, made with cream or buttermilk, which is often cut in circles or dropped by the spoonful atop fruit to give an appearance that is “cobbled together.”
In the Deep South, a Cobbler is a rectangular pie, cooked in a pan with a bottom and top crust, often with a milk-based batter poured over the fruit before baking. Although the Peach Cobbler remains the most popular one for the summer months when peaches are fresh and largely available, you can make a Cobbler with any fruit. In Pacific Northwest, Cobblers are made with native huckleberries, cherries, pears and even apples.
📜A short history of the Peach Cobbler
Nobody knows where its name originated from with certainty. This deep-dish fruit pie with thick, scone-like crust, was first recorded in 1859 and is perhaps related to 14th century cobeler “wooden bowl or dish,” which is of uncertain origin; or maybe its shape simply reminded people of a cobblestone.
Cobblers are believed to have originated in the British American colonies. English settlers couldn’t make their favorite suet puddings as they lacked both the ingredients and the cooking equipment. Instead, they covered a stewed fruit filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or scone batter fitted together. In addition, as fresh peaches or other fruits were difficult to find, they used preserved, canned, or dried fruit before baking over an open fire until golden brown.
According to food historians, Cobblers were quickly integrated into the settler diet, many choosing to eat the sweet dish for breakfast, as a first course, or as a main dish – it wasn’t until the late 19th century that the Cobbler was officially labeled as a dessert.
Why we love 💕this Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
- We love fresh peaches
- It is juicy and sweet and so summery!
- It requires some technique, but it is not too hard to make
- It goes so well with a scoop of ice cream!
🕐How to make this Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
- Mix all the ingredients for the filling a large bowl and toss to combine – it should include peaches, sugar, lemon juice, flour, salt, and some spices if you wish
- Transfer to a greased 8” x 8” baking pan, sprinkle brown sugar on top and, bake for 10 minutes
- Mix dry ingredients for the topping, add the chilled butter, and combine them together
- Add heavy cream and water to the mixture and stir with a fork until all the dry ingredients are moist and somewhat sticky
- Remove baking pan from oven and carefully spoon dough over the top, making sure the dough is the same thickness throughout
- 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 whitewash 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.
- Serve the Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches with fresh cream, homemade clotted cream or ice cream
🍭What is the National Peach Cobbler Day?
National Peach Cobbler Day is a day that falls annually on April 13. This national day was created in the 1950s by the Georgia Peach Festival to promote the sale of canned peaches
🍑Can I make the Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches gluten-free?
Yes, you can make the Peach Cobbler gluten-free if you use gluten-free flour in the mixture and in the dough
🍑Can I make the Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches dairy-free?
You can make the Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches recipe dairy-free. Substitute dairy milk and cream with non-dairy or plant-based. Rations may vary depending on the non-dairy milk you use so check the pack for instructions
Can I use canned peaches 🍑 for the Peach Cobbler?
Yes, you can. If you used canned fruit though, you should reduce the amount of sugar that you use in the recipe as canned fruits are typically made in a sweet syrup
How can I serve the Peach Cobbler?
With cream, clotted cream or your favorite ice cream!
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Peach Cobbler with fresh peaches
- 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 tsp real vanilla extract
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup unsalted butter chilled
- 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 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 whitewash and sprinkle remaining sugar on top. Return to oven to finish baking, another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven when the top is evenly golden brown
- Allow pan to cool slightly before serving on its own or topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
- You can use canned peaches if you can’t find peaches, or you want to make the cobbler during the winter months when there are no fresh peaches.
- When you use canned fruit, make sure that you reduce the sugar in the recipe as canned fruits are already sweet
- The easiest way to peel peaches is to dip them in boiling water for about 30 seconds; then plunge them into ice water. When the ice water stops the cooking, the skins peel off.
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