Growing up, my Mom’s Peach Cobbler recipe made a regular appearance at our Sunday Dinner table. If Mom knew that one of us kids would balk at eating our peas or steamed veggies, all she had to do was remind us that Peach Cobbler was on the menu for dessert and the offensive item would magically disappear into our bellies.
Warm-out-of-the-oven Peach Cobbler has now become one of my family’s favorite desserts, as well.
Let’s chat cobblers for a minute. There are as many cobbler variations out there as there are flavors of ice cream. It’s a little crazy. There are biscuit-dough cobblers, there are pie-pasty cobblers, there are crumbles, and there are the cake-like batter cobblers. That’s the kind I’m talking about today. This is the variation I grew up on and well, there just isn’t another cobbler that compares in my book. It’s the recipes we grew up on that have a special place in our hearts. This is my Mom’s peach cobbler recipe – that she got from my Grandma Rhyner – (yep – the very same Grandma who shared her fluffy biscuit recipe) – and because this is a major childhood memory treat for me, it holds a special place in my heart.
~1915 House Peach Cobbler ~
One of the fun things about cobblers is that they can be made with almost any fruit you can think of. Well, maybe not grapes. Or kiwis. Or oranges. Ok, I guess you can’t make them with ANY fruit – but usually you’re good to go with the normal “pie” fruits. Apples, peaches, cherries, blueberries…
Our favorite is – of course – peach.
You are free to use fresh peaches, but if you want something fast and easy, a can of peaches will do in a pinch – and it still tastes just as amazing as if you’d gone to the trouble of sourcing, picking, loading, unloading, washing, blanching, shocking, peeling, slicing and prepping the peaches yourself.
Now I’m tired.
Make it easy on yourself and go get a can of peaches from your local grocer.
Ready to make some cobbler? I thought so. Let’s do this…
Peach Cobbler Ingredients
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. milk
- dash of salt (approx. a 1/16 of a tsp, if you’re looking for a more precise measurement)
- 1 large can of peaches (do NOT drain the juice) – remember that you can use any of the fruits mentioned above
- 1 stick of butter
(when a recipe involves a cup of sugar and a stick of butter….you KNOW it’s going to be good. Lol!)
Preheat your oven to 350* and WHILE the oven is preheating, place your 2 qt casserole (or 9×13 pan) into the oven with the stick of butter to let the butter melt while you’re whipping up the rest of the deliciousness. ~And unwrap your stick of butter, please. I don’t think I really have to say that, but you know…just in case that wasn’t clear. ;)~ Moving on…
In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
Add milk and beat well, until no lumps remain. It will have the consistency similar to a very thick pancake batter. This is good – it’s what you want.
Pour your rather-thick batter over the melted butter – and yes, this will look funny. Stick with me. Spread your batter as evenly as you can – *don’t stress over this – perfection is not the goal. Deliciousness is.
Next, pour your peaches – including the juices – over the batter, distributing as evenly as possible *see above.
At this point, yes – it looks a little strange with the melted butter coming up around the edges of the batter and the fruit sitting on top of the batter. But it’s ok. It’s supposed to look like that.
Time to Bake
Place your pan into your pre-heated oven and bake for 45 minutes or until brown and bubbling. I know the wait will be hard. But go ahead and throw in a load of laundry – or grab a magazine or a good book and a cup of coffee.
After your 45 minute wait, a miraculous transformation has taken place in the oven. Now all your batter will be golden brown and bubbling on top of the fruit and the smell emanating from your kitchen will make passersby glance about, wondering where that heavenly smell is coming from and your family will come begging for “just a taste”. Try it. You’ll see.
We all prefer our Peach Cobbler fresh out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Let’s all have a moment of silence for peach cobbler. Oh wait…no. Don’t have a moment of silence….go grab a can of peaches and make this! You can thank me later. 😉
Oh, and for the record, all those veggies I hated as a child? I love them all now. It gives me hope for my own kids. 🙂