Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler is made the traditional way with fresh summer peaches and a crispy topping. It's juicy, sweet, and topped with a buttery crust that melts in your mouth. It's the best peach cobbler recipe ever!
Why This Recipe is Best
This easy peach cobbler recipe is a classic that's been handed down for generations. The flaky pastry isn't too thick or cake-like, which allows the fresh flavor to shine through. There are many recipes out there that claim to be the best, but one bite of this cobbler will make you a believer!
The crust turns out perfectly every time. That's exactly what you want from a topping...a burst of buttery goodness that covers summer's bounty of peaches like a little blanket. It's similar to Blueberry Lemon Crumble, but made the old fashioned way and rolled out with a rolling pin.
What could be more comforting than a big 'ol bowl of southern peach cobbler topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream? Not a single thing as far as I'm concerned. It's a southern tradition to end a nice meal with a huge helping of cobbler straight from the oven!
With only a few ingredients, this peach cobbler recipe comes together in minutes! See recipe card for quantities.
- fresh peaches - leave the peelings on for added flavor
- white sugar - found in the crust and the filling
- all purpose flour - use White Lily flour for a lighter crust
- cornstarch - makes the crust extra crispy
- baking powder - allows the crust to rise slightly
- salt - just a pinch makes a big difference
- cinnamon - gives the topping a hint of flavor
- cold butter - the binder that brings the crust together
- ice cold water - blends the dough into a nice round ball
STEP 1 - Slice peaches and place in a large bowl with half a cup of sugar. Mix well. Set aside while making the crust.
STEP 2 - Blend flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon together. Cube the butter and fold it into the dry ingredients. Mix until just crumbly.
STEP 3 - Add ice water and form into a ball of dough. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it fits the top of a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
STEP 4 - Spoon peaches and sugar into baking dish. Place dough on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour until crust is golden brown and peaches are bubbly. If crust doesn't brown, brush with butter and cook under broiler for a few minutes.
Yes, fresh peaches work best in this recipe, but it's not always possible to find peaches in season, so frozen can be substituted. Use at least 4 cups of frozen peaches for best results.
Actually, they don't need peeling. There are nutrients in the skin and it's extremely soft when cooked. Plus, the added texture makes this cobbler taste even better.
As soon as sugar is added to fruit, it draws out moisture. Cooking fruit changes its texture and draws out even more water. This process creates a jammy syrup that makes the perfect cobbler filling.
Peaches change colors when they begin to ripen, so look for a darker peach where the orange color turns slightly red. Also, if the peach is firm to the touch, it's not ready yet. It should give in just a little when squeezed.
- Use fresh peaches for best results. You can substitute frozen fruit or canned if peaches are out of season.
- A pinch of cornstarch in the crust makes it extra crispy.
- Freestone peaches are worth the wait in the summer months. If you can get your hands on them, you'll love the flavor they add to this dish.
- Freeze cobbler up to 3 months in an air-tight container or refrigerate up to 5 days after baking.
- Substitute blackberries, blueberries or strawberries for a different cobbler experience!
- For food safety guidelines, visit USDA.gov.
More Peach Desserts
You'll love the taste of these other recipes made with summer's fresh fruit.
- Blueberry Peach Cobbler
- Easy Peach Pie
- Toasted Pecan Peach Salad
- Peach Ice Cream
- Sweet Peach Tart
- Peach Hand Pies
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