There is nothing better than fresh peach cobbler in the summer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! This peach cobbler is easy to make and the best you have ever eaten. Promise!
Honestly, is there anything better than biting into a fresh ripe peach in the summer and having the juices dribble down your chin?
I think not!
I love peaches and at the peak of their season I am trying to put them in everything like a corn peach and jalapeno salsa with burrata, peach, and tomato Caprese salad, peach, and prosciutto flatbread, and even a peach froze.
This southern fresh peach cobbler has THE PERFECT ratio of dough to peaches. Not too many peaches and not too much dough. Just enough of each!
And since we are using fresh summer peaches, it has a flavor that truly can't be achieved with canned peaches.
- Fresh Peaches
- Baking Powder
- Vanilla Bean Paste
How Do You Make Peach Cobbler from Scratch?
This recipe couldn't be any easier!
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Place 1 stick of butter in a 9x13 baking dish. Place in the preheated oven for 10 minutes to fully melt the butter.
- In a bowl, slice peaches into about ½" thick slices (skins can stay on). Add in sugar and lemon juice. Mix to combine fully.
- In another large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, cream, and milk. Whisk until fully combined. This should be a runny batter consistency.
- To the hot pan with melted butter, pour in batter into the pan, then add the peaches on top. There is no need to mix or stir. Just dump in the batter on top of the melted butter, then peaches. Everything will bake evenly in the oven.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Serve with vanilla bean ice cream and enjoy!
PRO TIP: I use Nielson-Massey pure vanilla bean paste in all of my baking recipes on Fueling a Southern Soul and just in my personal cooking. I think it leads to a deeper and richer vanilla flavor that just can't get achieved with imitation or regular vanilla extract. I get mine on Amazon (affiliate link above). Trust me, once you use it, you won't go back!
What is the Difference Between a Cobbler and a Crisp?
A peach cobbler (or any cobbler) is fruit usually mixed with sugar and lemon juice baked with dough or biscuit-like topping.
What Kind of Peaches are Used for Cobbler and How Ripe Do They Need to Be?
I like to use Georgia peaches or peaches that I can find at our local farmer's market on the weekends in the summer.
These have so much more flavor than what you can normally find at your grocery store.
The peaches should be fully ripe to make the best-tasting cobbler. To tell if a peach is ripe you should be able to gently squeeze the peach with your fingertips and feel a slight give to the fruit. It should not be hard, but also not squishy and bruised. Fresh and ripe peaches will also smell like a peach. Which is weird but true.
PRO TIP: If you need to speed up your ripening process, store your peaches in a paper bag for a day.
Do You Have to Peel Peaches for Cobbler?
Not for this recipe. Just wash and dry your peaches. Slice in half and remove the pit. Thinly slice, skin, and all for this recipe.
Can This Be Made Gluten Free?
Good news - YES! I tried this once with King Arthur's 1-for-1 gluten-free flour* and it turned out great! And dare I say maybe even slightly better! Because gluten-free flour and products can tend to be more of a "chewier" texture at times, this paired perfectly with this cobbler! The dough is a bit "chewy" anyways, so the gluten-free flour really complimented the texture! I could not tell or taste one bit of difference or anything that needed to be altered in the baking process. So if you are gluten-free, give it a try!
Store leftovers wrapped tightly with plastic wrap in the fridge for 3-4 days.
I think this is made fresh right before serving. Thankfully it is a simple and easy recipe to bring together that doesn't require a ton of time. If wanting to try and save even more time and prep ahead, slice the peaches and stir them together with the lemon and sugar. Wrap tightly in a bowl with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 24 hours before using. Same for the batter. Mix together and wrap tightly, storing in the fridge for 24 hours before needed. Proceed with the recipe as follows when ready to bake.
For best results and flavor, use fresh peaches for this cobbler recipe.
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