Fresh Peach Cobbler

Perfectly sweetened and comforting with fresh peaches and a golden biscuit topping! Peach cobbler recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Last weekend when I dropped the pups off at my mother-in-law’s, I walked into boxes of peaches on the counter. Sunset-hued, freshly picked. She was canning them, an annual Quinn family tradition. I helped out for a few moments before Kevin and I had to get on the road to the beach, but was lucky enough to grab a few finished cans as well as an extra box of fresh peaches when I picked the pups up on Sunday.

The peaches were sweet as candy, so I ate several right away. You know the kind of peaches where juice drips down your chin and maybe flies on your new silk WHITE blouse when you take that first bite? Yes, these were just that. I put others into smoothies and, realizing I didn’t even put a dent into my peach stash– I made 3 test-recipe peach cobblers. Results were tasty. And eye-opening.

Perfectly sweetened and comforting with fresh peaches and a golden biscuit topping! Peach cobbler recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Up until this past week, let’s call it The Week of Cobbler, I only made the classic a few times. Each cobbler was good, but certainly nothing I could rave about. In my recipe testing this week, I learned that I have a few peach cobbler standards:

  • The peach syrup has to be rich and sweet, but not overly sweet.
  • The peaches shouldn’t be too flimsy and definitely chunks not slices.
  • Chunks are best.
  • Lemon juice is key to help balance the sweet peaches and sugar.
  • Minimal cornstarch to thicken the peaches, but not too much to weigh them down.
  • Definitely a crisp biscuit topping with a moist interior.
  • But not too crisp! And not undercooked!
  • The biscuit should have a beautiful butter flavor. Bland ruins it all.
  • Golden sheen and cinnamon-sugar on that biscuit, by the way.
  • VANILLA ICE CREAM.

It sounds like a tall order, no? Well we can do it. And it’s much easier than you would ever imagine.

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How to make fresh peach cobbler on sallysbakingaddiction.com

First order of business: peel the peaches and cut into chunks. Peach chunks easily fit on your spoon and they don’t become as flimsy as peach slices.

Use brown sugar in the peach filling. There’s extra flavor that way. Only about 1/4 cup of brown sugar– anything more and the already sweet peaches begin to lose their flavor. Because all you’ll taste is sugar! 1/4 cup of brown sugar just keeps it real. Also: cornstarch for a little thickening, lemon juice to cut some sweetness, vanilla because vanilla!, cinnamon & nutmeg for flavor. Not too much of either spice because we really want the peach flavor to shine. And it’s not fall yet. Fall is when we’ll go reeeeeally crazy with cinnamon and nutmeg. Just you wait.

Pre-bake the peaches for just about 10 minutes before the biscuit topping makes an appearance. I do this so the peaches can slightly soften because when we go to bake the entire peach cobbler– topping and all– the peaches won’t get as much attention and could end up being a little too firm.

How to make fresh peach cobbler on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The biscuit topping is made from super basic ingredients like flour, sugar, baking powder & soda, butter, and milk. That’s how easy it is. Mix all of those dry ingredients together, then cut in the cold butter and stir in the milk. We’re using buttermilk today for an ultra rich biscuit.

Now basically you’ll just take portions of the biscuit dough and form little patties. Place it all on top; some peaches can be exposed underneath. It might not look pretty, but it will smell phenomenal. And taste even better. Then, brush the top with an egg wash. Why? For that golden sheen.

This is optional, but you can sprinkle the top with cinnamon-sugar. I recommend it.

How to make fresh peach cobbler on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I know there are a few different ways to make cobbler– and definitely some very passionate peach cobbler eaters! There’s the cake-like variety that I believe starts out with batter on the bottom which floats up to the top. Then there is the sweetened biscuit variety. Of course it’s all personal preference, but I definitely gravitate towards the biscuit. There’s more crunchy texture and the whole thing tastes wholesome and rich, especially when the warm sticky peach syrup and vanilla ice cream cross paths.

This biscuit-topped peach cobbler is rustic, comforting, and extremely simple without overcomplicating things. The peaches are obviously the star of the show and the whole dessert won’t leave you with a toothache. It’s pure, fresh, summer goodness.

Perfectly sweetened and comforting with fresh peaches and a golden biscuit topping! Peach cobbler recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Thanks for the peaches mama Quinn! Update: she told me the variety we enjoyed is Red Haven. They are honestly some of the best peaches I’ve ever tasted.

Fresh Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 medium peaches, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks (about 10 cups)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (7g) cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Buttermilk Biscuit Topping

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) buttermilk, cold1
  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk or buttermilk
  • optional: 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Make the filling: In a large bowl, stir the peach chunks, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together until thoroughly combined. Spoon filling into prepared pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside as you prepare the topping. Keep oven on.
  3. Make the topping: Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the butter. Using a pastry cutter (the one I own) or two forks, cut the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal (pea-sized bits). A pastry cutter makes this step very easy and quick! While slowly stirring, slowly drizzle in the buttermilk. Mix until evenly combined. Take handfuls of dough and gently flatten out. Place dough all over the top of the peach filling. It doesn't need to be perfect or look pretty-- some peach filling can be showing.
  4. Brush the top of the biscuit dough with egg wash, then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if using.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly browned and biscuit topping is cooked through. (Stick a toothpick into the biscuit topping, if it comes out clean-- it is cooked through and the cobbler is done.) Set the pan on a wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Make-ahead tip: This is one of those recipes that should be prepared and baked right away. The biscuit topping won't rise as much if it is not immediately baked. You can, however, freeze the prepared peach filling for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator before using. It will be quite juicy, but that's not a bad thing in cobbler! You can also freeze the baked cobbler for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm in the oven before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. If you don't have buttermilk, you can add 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Then add enough regular cold milk (whole milk is recommended) to make 1/2 cup. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. This soured milk can be used in the recipe instead of buttermilk.

Adapted from All Recipes & Serious Eats

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Even though it’s 150% easier than pie, I’m totally counting this towards pie goals. I made a goal to bake a few pies every month through September. I’m going strong and hope a few of you have conquered any pie fears! So far this summer:

Brainstorming some September pie recipe ideas. Thoughts?

Perfectly sweetened and comforting with fresh peaches and a golden biscuit topping! Peach cobbler recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. Adrienne McGainey Howard on October 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Hi Sally I Wanted To Know Can The Peach Filling Recipe Be Used For Canning? Thank You

  2. Sheryl Morris on August 4, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    I need/want a cobbler with a dough more like pie dough. Thanks.

  3. Kim on August 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Sally! Does the cobbler do okay when it’s reheated? Taking it to work tomorrow

    • Sally on August 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Sure is!

  4. Dawn Suderman on September 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Thinking of serving this to a group of about 20. How would fresh whipped cream as a topping be instead of the ice cream? 

    • Sally on September 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Sounds delicious.

  5. Evangelina Becerra on October 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This peach cobbler was absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to keep trying more and more of your recipes!

  6. Christy Thompson on October 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Would this cobbler be ok if left covered on the counter for 2 days before serving or should it be refrigerated?

    • Sally on October 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I don’t suggest that– it really should be refrigerated if not eaten right away.

  7. Petra trimm on October 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Good morn LOVE al your recipes, makes me feel like a real homemaker, I have made your bread, biscuits and today pie, all are FANTASTIC and easy thank you so  much really feel like a Grandmother now

  8. Rebecca on November 7, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Would frozen peaches work in this or does it give off too much liquid?? 

  9. Jaclyn Culbertson on May 6, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Could I use canned peaches? I know it’s not ideal, but I am craving this and we don’t have fresh quality peaches yet.

    • Sally on May 7, 2018 at 9:50 am

      You can, yes! The flavor and texture of the peaches will be different of course. I would adjust the sugar accordingly.

  10. Ije on May 8, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Best peach cobbler i ever had! Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  11. Emily on May 22, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Sally, do you have any tips for peeling fresh peaches? I find the flesh too soft and I am losing a lot of it with the skin. Thanks!

    • Sally on May 23, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Be sure to use a very sharp knife! If your knife is too dull it will pull the flesh of the peach before it slices through it.

      • Rebecca on August 5, 2018 at 10:53 pm

        Boil water, dunk peaches for a few seconds, then get them in an ice bath always works for me. They just peel under cold running water and with my hands.



  12. Tania B. on June 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Hi, Sally! I want to make a cherry cobbler for a big birthday party. I think a cobbler or two would be better/easier for a big group than a pie… Could I meld your fresh cherry pie filling with this biscuit topping? Suggestions on how to update the recipes at all?

    • Sally on June 4, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Yes, absolutely! No need to change anything about the cherry pie filling (I suggest this cherry pie). Just top with biscuits and you’re in business!

  13. Pamela on June 23, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I’ll be making this in the morning – Peach Cobbler for breakfast!

  14. morgen on June 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I need to make a blueberry cobbler, could I use blueberries with this biscuit topping recipe? Would I have to change the recipes at all?

    • Sally on June 26, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Morgan! I haven’t tried this exact recipe with blueberries instead of peaches, but you could always use my blueberry pie filling underneath the biscuit topping.

  15. Theresa on July 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Can I use Pillsbury pie crust for the peach cobbler recipe

  16. Rebecca on August 5, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Made this today using almond extract. It was perfect! I always prefer almond over vanilla with peaches.

    • Sally on August 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm

      YUM! Almond and peaches are definitely delish!

  17. Mary on August 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    I just put the peach cobbler in the oven, I’m hoping that everyone will love it. Ill let you know. It was really an easy way to make it. Bar peeling. 🙂

  18. Elizabeth on September 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the recipie! Only 1 out of all the peaches I bought ended up being usable (the rest were somehow both hard and brown at the same time?…never going back to that farmer’s stand…) so I made up the rest of the fruit with plums, cherries, blueberries, and apricots. I followed the rest of the recipie to a T but when I got to the biscuits I realized something was seriously off. I checked out Serious Eat’s recipie per your note about adaptation and it look like Stella’s ratio is 1/2 cup of buttermilk and 1/2 cup of butter per 1 cup of flour, but yours doubles the flour so that explains why the batter was so crumbly. I added the extra buttermilk but didnt catch the butter till after I put it in the oven. I highly recommend that you correct the ratio on the recipie. Thanks again!

  19. Debbie McLain on September 4, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I made this for our Labor Day dessert and it was unbelievably delicious! I had some local orchard peaches left and I did not have time to bake a pie. My almost 90-year old dad loves peach cobbler & I have been looking for a good recipe and I can emphatically say I have found it. I knew if I looked at your website I would not be disappointed. Your recipes rock Sally.
    Thanks for this fabulous recipe and all the time you take on this website.

    • Sally on September 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      You are welcome, Debbie! I’m so happy you were able to make this for your dad and that it was a hit!

  20. Pat Oare on September 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

    I can’t get the recipe for fresh peach cobbler to print out. What do I do ?

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