When our local Eckert's peaches are in season, that means it's time to make peach cobbler. I recently served this favorite recipe to my Book Club, and it got raves. This flavorful cobbler can be thrown together quickly and served warm or at room temperature. I baked it so it came out of the oven right as my Book Club friends were arriving, so it was still slightly warm when it was time for dessert following our book discussion. (Read more about my Book Club of 30+ years.)
This recipe uses an easy method that is popular in the US Southern states. Melted butter on the bottom of a baking dish is drizzled with a thin batter, and topped with sweetened peaches. As the cobbler bakes, the buttery batter rises up and magically mixes with the peaches. The final result is a fabulous combination of flavors and textures--the cake-like batter is crispy on the edges with interior pockets of soft, gooeyness. The sugared peaches caramelize as they bake.
Check out how easy it is to make this yummy cobbler.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 2. Slice each peach into approx. 12 slices. I don't peel mine, to make it easy. The peels soften when the cobbler bakes. However, you can peel the peaches, if you prefer--up to you.
view on Amazon: 2-qt Pyrex Mix-and-Measure bowl. This is my go-to mixing bowl. It's so convenient having measurements and a handle, plus it's microwave safe. That way I can measure, mix, and microwave the peaches without dirtying another bowl.
Step 3. Combine sliced peaches with white sugar, brown sugar and lemon juice; give them a stir to evenly coat the peach slices.
view on Amazon: handheld lemon juicer (so easy to use!)
Step 4. Microwave the peach mixture uncovered on high for 8 minutes, stirring half way through. Peaches will release juice during microwaving that becomes syrupy as it cooks with the sugar. (NOTE: You may also cook peaches on the stove-top. Bring peach mixture to a boil in a saucepan and simmer for 5-6 minutes.)
Step 5: Mix the batter: In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, remaining granulated sugar, and cinnamon; whisk to combine. Add milk and almond extract. Whisk just until no dry bits are visible. It's okay if there are a few small lumps.
Step 6. Cut butter into 8 pieces, scatter in 9x13 dish, and place in preheated oven. Remove from oven as soon as butter is completely melted.
view on Amazon: white 9x13 baking dish (This attractive, versatile baker looks lovely on the table.)
Step 7. Pour batter over melted butter in baking dish. DO NOT MIX. Spoon peaches evenly over batter, drizzling any liquid over the top. DO NOT MIX.
Watch how fast and easy it is to layer the ingredients in the baking dish in this short video:
Step 8. Bake until golden on top. Batter will mix with butter and peaches and rise as it bakes. Here's how it looks before and after it bakes:
See it baking in this short video:
Cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or ice cream.
I won't judge you if you eat leftovers for breakfast (only if you won't judge me!).
Make it a Yummy day!
You might also like my recipe for Easy Blender Peach Sauce.