Fresh Peach Cobbler

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Top peaches with biscuit dough. Using your hands, form the dough into little patties and place them on top of the warm peaches.
  6. Bake until the topping is lightly browned.

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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!

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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.

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

 

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Fresh Peach Cobbler

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10-12
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 89 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9×13 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 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, then cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
  6. Cover and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. 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.
  2. 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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Perfectly sweetened and comforting with fresh peaches and a golden biscuit topping! Peach cobbler recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

120 Comments

  1. The ratio of flour to buttermilk was off. I ended up using almost a cup .of buttermilk. Also added 1/2 tsp. almond extract and another 1/4 cup sugar to fruit. The outcome was fantastic!!!

    1. That’s interesting. I used only 1/2 cup (homemade buttermilk) and I felt it was too much! My biscuit ‘dough’ was quite and wet and I’m considering adding less next time.

  2. Could you send me the ingredients if I do strawberries instead of peaches I don’t think nutmeg would be good with that and I made my cobbler which is the cake one its not buttery enough for me and to much cake I like that crispy buttery goodness

    1. Hi Tawnya! You can definitely make a strawberry cobbler from this recipe. I recommend 10 cups of chopped strawberries, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, skip the cinnamon and nutmeg, then use the rest of the ingredients as written. Enjoy!

  3. Oh goodness and I mean goodness I made the cobbler with strawberries it was So Good only next time I’ll use a few more strawberries I used 2 pints but it wasn’t quite enough my baking dish is a little bit larger than a 9×13 but it was delicous

  4. I made your recipe as directed and everything was perfect. I sift my flour and fill my cup up. Don’t forget to toss dry ingredients together before adding buttermilk. I didn’t have nutmeg, so added just a hint of pumpkin pie spice, super yummy. I did use egg was with buttermilk and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. It was a hit

  5. This was easy to make & absolutely delicious. I, too, found I needed to add more buttermilk than called for; some, not much more. Next time – tomorrow – I’ll add an extra peach, too. The wash & touch of cinnamon/sugar on top was pretty.

      1. Hi Mary! Apples work wonderfully. Same other ingredients but I recommend increasing the cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.

      2. Sally I’m making the peach cobblers for our festival, they are perfect.. will be making the apple ones too!

  6. I just made this cobbler and it is AMAZING!! Thank you so much for sharing!! The only thing I did differently was add a bit more buttermilk but other than that I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect!

  7. My best biscuits are when the dough is dry, where there is still some loose powder. Wet biscuit dough comes out too heavy for me. Excellent cobbler recipe, easy to follow and execute and results in a beautiful appearance. I have a sweet tooth so I’ll probably add a little white sugar to the peaches along with the brown sugar. Top-notch recipe that will be repeated here!

  8. perfect! we totally love this recipe, as it’s cooking right now the biscuits are just gorgeous. Thank you, this was simple!

  9. Sensational! Have never made a cobbler before and everyone loved it. Made it just like you wrote, love that it is a tad less sweet. Will make again for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  10. Hi Sally! I love your recipes-every one I’ve tried has turned out great! I want to make your peach cobbler recipe for my co-worker’s birthday this week, but I can’t find fresh peaches in the store this time of year. Can I use frozen peaches? Is so, would I need to make any adjustments to the recipe?

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