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"Very Special" Southern Peach Cobbler

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This is your old school classic Grandmother’s Southern peach cobbler amped up with even mo flavor. Bring this delicious recipe out for the holidays, any holiday!

If you're in the mood for something sweet and celebratory, look no further than this Southern peach cobbler recipe. Peaches and sugar are combined to create a delicious filling, which is then topped with a light and flaky crust.

The result is a cobbler that is both comforting and impressive. Best of all, it can be easily made in just a few steps. So whether you're entertaining guests or simply treating yourself, this peach cobbler is sure to hit the spot.

Peach cobbler is my favorite dessert and this cobbler has all the goods - a nice crust, thick and flavorful filling, and an aroma that will bring everybody to the kitchen. This is that special kinda Cobbler.

Because peach season is peak summertime, many think of cobbler as a summer-only dessert making use of fresh peaches. We definitely enjoyed peach cobbler in those hot Texas Summers with ripe peaches galore available.

But thanks to the availability and deliciousness of canned peaches Southern peach cobbler is the dessert of choice during Thanksgiving dinner at least for black people!

Only a chosen few are allowed to make the holiday peach cobbler in black folks households, but it's an earned responsibility. He/she who masters it becomes a fan favorite within the family.

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This peach cobbler has all the goods - nice crust, thick and flavorful filling, and an aroma that will bring everybody to the kitchen. This is that special kinda Cobbler

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SOUTHERN PEACH COBBLER INGREDIENTS

Like most deep south recipes, this one is simple and relies on simple ingredients.The big thing of note is this isn't a fresh peach cobbler in the sense that fresh peaches are used. Canned peaches rule the day here.

For The Filling

  • Canned peaches in light syrup - you’ll need Two 29oz cans. Buy sliced vs halves 
  • Sugar
  • Corn starch
  • Grated nutmeg - Use whole nutmeg if available and grate it right into the mixture
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whiskey - use your favorite, if that’s Crown Royal great just stay away from flavored ones.
  • Stick of Butter
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

For the Buttery Crust

  • Stick of Butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Self-rising flour
  • Buttermilk
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

HOMEMADE PEACH COBBLER INSTRUCTIONS

Make the Filling

Drain one of the cans of peach slices in a mixing bowl reserving the syrup in a separate bowl. Add the drained peaches to a medium pot. Add the second can along with its syrup to the pot as well.

peaches and butter in pot

Add a stick of butter to the pot of peaches and heat of medium heat. After the butter melts down stir the peaches. Add the sugar, spices (salt, cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla extract, whiskey, and lemon juice. Mix well, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

peach cobbler filling in a pot

While the peach mixture cooks, make a slurry by adding a tablespoon of the corn starch to the reserved syrup. Whisk it well leaving no lumps behind.

corn starch and liquid in bowl


Add the syrup to the pot of peaches and simmer 20-30 minutes until peach mixture thickens. Turn off heat and set peaches aside

Make the Pie Crust

Put the stick of butter in a baking dish (13 x 9 inch) and place in the oven at 350 degrees F until the butter melts. Be careful not to brown the butter. Remove from oven and set aside.

pan of melted butter

In a medium to large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the buttermilk. The batter might have a few lumps, but that’s cool. Don’t trip and try to smooth it out cause you could end up over mixing the batter.

batter in a silver bowl

Pour the batter on top of the melted butter trying to cover as much surface area as possible.

batter and butter in pan
peach cobbler mix in whit pan

Add the peach cobbler filling on top of the crust. I know that seems weird but the crust will actually rise to the top during cooking bringing flavor along with it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Start checking after about 30 minutes.

peach cobbler in large pan

Using a slotted spoon serve hot with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell!)

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BAKING PEACH COBBLER CONSIDERATIONS AND TIPS

EASY PEACH COBBLER RECIPE CONSIDERATIONS AND TIPS

Measurements are based on using a 13 x 9 inch pan. You’ll have to adjust up or down depending on size of your pan.

Don’t use too much syrup. You don’t want a runny cobbler. If you feel like you’ve added too much syrup, then use a bit more corn starch in your slurry. The slurry is what will thicken the base. 

The best part of making this dish is that by using canned peaches you don't have to worry about trying to source the best peaches.

Don’t rush any part of the process. The key to the dish is giving the ingredients time to come together and mesh. 

For next-level flavor substitute the white sugar in the filling with Mexican brown sugar (piloncillo). Just grate the brown sugar cone right into the mix.

If you have it, grate fresh whole nutmeg instead of the ground stuff. Ground is good, but grating fresh will have a more intense, noticeable flavor.

When topping the crust with the peach filling avoid pressing down as you don’t want to press the peaches into the crust mixture. It’s ok for a little of this to occur, but you definitely want to limit things.

Season both the batter and the filling.

Serve this dessert as part of a traditional Thanksgiving menu along side items like Southern collard greens, macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, and stewed green beans.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Making This Easy Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

Does This Recipe Work For Other Fruit Cobblers?

Overall technique works, yes, but cooking times will likely be different as other fruit such as blackberries, plums, etc. will not be as dense as peaches so likely require less time.

Do You Cook The Peaches Before Making The Cobbler?

Yes, the filling needs to be cooked before the cobbler step.

What is the difference between peach crisp and peach cobbler?

When you're talking about fruit desserts like crisps, cobblers, and crumbles, though they're all similar the difference is in the toppings. Cobblers have more of a biscuit type crust whereas crumbles and crisps similarly have Streudal-like toppings featuring ingredients like oats.

Can I Substitute All Purpose Flour In Place of Self Rising?

I prefer self-rising for the best cobbler. Self-rising contains a bit more leavening and thus makes for a lighter and more fluffy crust.

MORE DESSERT RECIPES

Key Lime Pie with Ginger Snap Crust

Southern Sweet Potato Pie

Southern Candied Yams

Strawberries and Cream

For other peach-featured recipes try this peaches and cream oatmeal or vegan peach oatmeal.

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Southern Peach Cobbler

Your grandmother's classic Southern peach cobbler recipe, amped up w/ more flavor and just as comforting with a thick cobbler base and flavorful, crispy crust.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: southern
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 457kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

For The Filling

  • 58 oz Canned peaches in lite syrup 29oz canned peach slices
  • 1 cup Sugar or piloncillo
  • 1 tablespoon Corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon Grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Whiskey
  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Crust

  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Make the Filling

  • Drain one of the cans of peaches reserving the syrup in a separate bowl. Add the drained peaches to a medium pot. Add the second can along with its syrup to the pot as well.
  • Add a stick of butter to the pot of peaches and heat of medium heat. After the butter melts down stir the peaches. Add the sugar, spices (salt, cinnamon, nutmeg), vanilla extract, whiskey, and lemon juice. Mix well, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • While the peach mixture cooks, make a slurry by adding a tablespoon of the corn starch to the reserved syrup. Whisk it well leaving no lumps behind.
  • Add the syrup to the pot of peaches and simmer 20-30 minutes until peach mixture thickens. Turn off heat and set peaches aside.

Make the Crust

  • Put the stick of butter in a baking dish (13 x 9 inch) and place in the oven at 350 degrees F until the butter melts. Be careful not to brown the butter. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • In a medium to large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the buttermilk. The batter might have a few lumps, but that’s cool. Don’t trip and try to smooth it out cause you could end up over mixing the batter.
  • Pour the batter on top of the melted butter trying to cover as much surface area as possible.
  • Add the filling on top of the crust. I know that seems weird but the crust will actually rise to the top during cooking bringing flavor along with it. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Start checking after about 30 minutes.

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Notes

Measurements are based on using a 13 x 9 inch pan. You’ll have to adjust up or down depending on size of your pan.
Don’t use too much syrup. You don’t want a runny cobbler. If you feel like you’ve added too much syrup, then use a bit more corn starch in your slurry. The slurry is what will thicken the base. 
Don’t rush any part of the process. The key to the dish is giving the ingredients time to come together and mesh. 
For next-level flavor substitute the white sugar in the filling with Mexican brown sugar (piloncillo). Just grate the brown sugar cone right into the mix.
If you have it, grate fresh whole nutmeg instead of the ground stuff. Ground is good, but grating fresh will have a more intense, noticeable flavor.
When topping the crust with the peach filling avoid pressing down as you don’t want to press the peaches into the crust mixture. It’s ok for a little of this to occur, but you definitely want to limit things.
Season both the batter and the filling.

Nutrition

Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 372mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating




Jaylin

Friday 21st of October 2022

This looks awesome! Can it be made ahead of time, or is it best fresh?

Marwin Brown

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

You can make it ahead of time, but it's definitely one of those recipes that is so much better made fresh.

Jessica Knott

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Peach cobbler is my favorite dessert to make. I've only made a version with bisquick so making it from scratch will be a real treat for the hubs and I this New Year's eve while we stay in.

Beth

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I'm fascinated to know that you place the filling on top of the crust and that the crust rises around it. What a tasty and rich recipe this is!

Ramona

Sunday 29th of November 2020

I haven't seen a peach cobbler in a while and this one looks perfectly made! I need to make one of these one days and I think this is the recipe! thank you for sharing this recipe.

Laura Arteaga

Sunday 29th of November 2020

This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I love peach, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. Your Peach Cobbler will definitely be a winner on our table!