Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler 🍑

Delight in this classic Southern dessert made with fresh, juicy peaches and a golden, buttery topping.


For the Peach Filling:

  • 8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted, and sliced into thin wedges
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup boiling water

For the Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Prepare the Peach Filling:

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the peaches, ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly.
  3. Bake the Peaches: Pour the peach mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Prepare the Topping:

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the flour, ¼ cup white sugar, ¼ cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add Butter: Blend in the butter using your fingertips or a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add Water: Stir in the boiling water until just combined.

Assemble and Bake:

  1. Add the Topping: Remove the peaches from the oven and drop spoonfuls of the topping over them.
  2. Sprinkle Cinnamon Sugar: In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon together. Sprinkle this mixture over the entire cobbler.
  3. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven until the topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

Additional Information:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 8

FAQs about Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler 🍑

  1. Can I use canned peaches instead of fresh?
    • Yes, you can substitute canned peaches, but adjust the sugar accordingly as canned peaches may be sweeter.
  2. Can I use frozen peaches?
    • Yes, you can use frozen peaches, but thaw and drain them first before using in the recipe.
  3. Can I use a different type of flour?
    • Yes, you can use whole wheat flour or a gluten-free flour blend for a different texture.
  4. How do I know when the cobbler is done?
    • The topping should be golden brown, and the peach filling should be bubbling around the edges.
  5. Can I make this ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can assemble the cobbler ahead of time and bake it when ready to serve.
  6. Can I add other fruits?
    • Yes, you can mix in other fruits like berries or apples for a variation.
  7. Can I omit the cinnamon?
    • Yes, you can omit the cinnamon if you prefer, but it adds a lovely flavor to the cobbler.
  8. How should I store leftovers?
    • Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  9. Can I serve this with ice cream?
    • Yes, serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream complements the warm cobbler beautifully.
  10. Can I use salted butter?
    • You can use salted butter, but adjust the added salt in the recipe accordingly.
  11. Can I make individual servings instead of a large cobbler?
    • Yes, you can divide the peach filling and topping into individual ramekins for single servings.
  12. Can I use margarine instead of butter?
    • Butter is recommended for the best flavor, but margarine can be used as a substitute if needed.

secrets to achieve the perfect Fresh Southern Peach Cobble

  1. Choose Ripe Peaches: Opt for ripe, juicy peaches for maximum flavor and sweetness.
  2. Adjust Sugar: Taste your peaches first and adjust the sugar accordingly. Sweeter peaches may require less added sugar.
  3. Balance Spices: Find the perfect balance of cinnamon and nutmeg to enhance the peach flavor without overpowering it.
  4. Prep Your Pan: Grease your baking dish well to prevent sticking and ensure easy serving.
  5. Even Slices: Slice your peaches evenly to ensure they cook uniformly and create a cohesive filling.
  6. Thickening Agent: Use cornstarch to thicken the peach filling, preventing it from becoming too runny.
  7. Butter Quality: Use high-quality unsalted butter for the topping to achieve a rich, buttery flavor.
  8. Chill Butter: Chill your butter before incorporating it into the topping for better texture and flakiness.
  9. Cold Ingredients: Keep your butter cold and use cold water when making the topping to create a light, flaky texture.
  10. Gentle Mixing: Mix the topping ingredients just until combined to avoid overworking the dough, resulting in a tough texture.
  11. Layering Technique: Layer the peach filling and topping evenly for a balanced cobbler with every bite.
  12. Golden Brown: Bake the cobbler until the topping is golden brown and crispy for the perfect texture.
  13. Test Doneness: Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the topping; it should come out clean when the cobbler is ready.
  14. Resting Time: Allow the cobbler to cool slightly before serving to allow the flavors to meld and prevent burning your mouth.
  15. Quality Ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor and texture.
  16. Seasonal Peaches: Choose peaches in season for the freshest and most flavorful cobbler.
  17. Layer Cinnamon Sugar: Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar evenly over the entire cobbler for a beautifully spiced finish.
  18. Fresh Lemon Juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for a bright, tangy contrast to the sweetness of the peaches.
  19. Room Temperature Eggs: Bring your eggs to room temperature before mixing to ensure even incorporation and a lighter texture.
  20. Serve Warm: Serve your peach cobbler warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate indulgence.