Juicy sweet peaches and buttery biscuits come together in this classic summer dessert. Peach cobbler is the ultimate comforting dessert, celebrating the season’s fresh flavors. Cut the peaches into chunks for the best texture and use this easy buttermilk biscuit topping for the best flavor.
Last weekend when I dropped the dogs off at my mother-in-law’s, I walked into boxes of peaches on the counter. They were sunset-hued, freshly picked Red Haven peaches. She was canning them, a Quinn family tradition. I helped out for a few moments before my husband and I had to get on the road for the beach. I was, however, lucky enough to grab a few finished cans as well as an extra box of fresh peaches when I picked the dogs back up.
The peaches were sweet as candy, so I ate several right away. You know the kind of peaches where juice drips down your chin when you take that first bite? 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 different peach cobblers. Results were tasty and eye-opening.
What Peach Cobbler Should Be
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 there are several 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, as seen in my peach crumble pie.
- Lemon juice balances the sweet peaches and sugar.
- Minimal cornstarch to thicken the peaches. Too much weighs 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 the biscuit are necessary.
- Top with vanilla ice cream or even fresh whipped cream!
It sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? Well, it’s easier than you can imagine!
How to Make Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler combines juicy sweet peaches with a simple biscuit topping. The biscuit is crisp on top and buttery soft underneath and tastes phenomenal on top of the succulent brown sugar peaches. It’s so much easier than peach pie, but just as satisfying. Let’s break down each step:
- Peel the peaches and cut into chunks. Peach chunks easily fit on your spoon and they don’t become as flimsy as peach slices. Peach chunks are also the best for peach pie, too.
- Mix the filling ingredients together. You need, peaches, brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. Since peaches are naturally sweet, you only need 1/4 cup of sugar in the filling. Spread the filling into a 9×13 inch pan.
- Pre-bake the peaches. Pre-baking the peach filling for about 10 minutes before adding the biscuit topping. Without this step, the peaches could remain firm underneath the topping.
- While the peaches pre-bake, make the biscuit topping. Mix a few basic ingredients together. You need flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter until pea-sized crumbs form. These flour-coated butter crumbles promise a flaky soft, but crisp biscuit topping. After that, mix in buttermilk.
- Top peaches with biscuit dough. Using your hands, form the dough into little patties and place them on top of the warm peaches.
- Bake until the topping is lightly browned.
Peach Cobbler Biscuit Topping
There are plenty of ways to make peach cobbler. There’s a cake-like variety which combines cake batter and peaches. The cake batter is actually on the bottom and floats above the peaches as it all bakes. 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 topping cross paths.
I love that the biscuit topping is made from basic ingredients. And I know you’ll appreciate that too! I strongly recommend using buttermilk for an ultra-rich biscuit flavor. It’s what I use to prepare my homemade biscuits, too.
The biscuit dough arrangement on top of the peaches doesn’t need to be exact or perfect. Some peaches can be exposed underneath. It might not look pretty, but this peach cobbler smells awesome as it bakes! Before baking, brush the biscuit layer with a little egg wash (egg + buttermilk), then sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. These little extras add a lovely golden sheen and extra flavor. Highly recommended!
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 fresh and pure summer goodness.
Juicy sweet peaches and buttery biscuits combine together in this classic summer dessert. Cut the peaches into chunks for the best texture and use this easy buttermilk biscuit topping for the best flavor. The egg wash promises a golden crisp topping.
- 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 (spoon & leveled)
- 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, cold*
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9×13 inch pan.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Brush the top of the biscuit dough with egg wash, then sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar if using.
- 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, then cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
- Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: 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.
- Buttermilk: 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.
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