Peach Cobbler

This is the last of my vacation cooking posts.  I just had to make this cobbler in order to take full advantage of the local ingredients.  Fresh South Carolina peaches – YUM!  So, I made this for dessert one evening.  It is simple to throw together and the most time-consuming part is peeling all the peaches (despite the fact that I use all the little tricks, this never seems to go well for me).  However, it becomes completely worth it once you take the first bite of this dessert.  The biscuit topping has very little sweetness, but it doesn’t need any because the peaches provide that component of the flavor.  Normally I am all about the fruit in a dessert like this and the biscuit is really secondary, but these biscuits are really, really good.  The fruit filling is fresh and perfectly juicy, and a bowl of this along with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is simply divine.  

My final tip for vacation cooking is this – plan ahead!  Vacation is for relaxing, so you do not want to be menu planning or stressing over what to feed 10 people once you arrive.  I planned my menu in advance so there was not much thought required once we arrived.  Not only that, it allowed me to bring any minimal equipment I needed to take with me, as well as some staple ingredients (olive oil, red wine vinegar, etc.) and spices to avoid having to spend more money on such things at the high-priced grocery store at our destination.    

Fresh Peach Cobbler
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For the filling:
2 1/2 lbs. ripe but firm peaches
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Pinch of salt

For the biscuit topping:
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar, divided
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt

*Note – this recipe can be doubled easily by baking in a 9×13- inch baking dish and increasing the baking time for both the peaches and the assembled cobbler about 5 minutes each.

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position. Preheat the oven to 425° F.  For the filling, peel the peaches and then cut each into 8 wedges, removing the pits as you go.  Gently toss the peaches and sugar together in a large bowl and let stand for 30 minutes, tossing several times.  Drain the peaches in a colander set over a bowl.  Whisk together 1/4 cup of the drained juice with the cornstarch, lemon juice, and salt in a small bowl.  Toss the peaches with the juice mixture and transfer to a 8-inch square glass baking dish.  Bake until peaches begin to bubble around the edges, about 10 minutes.  

Meanwhile, prepare the biscuit topping.  In the food processor, combine the flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pulse to combine.  Scatter the butter over the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal, about ten 1-second pulses.  Transfer to a medium bowl; add the yogurt and toss with a spatula until a cohesive dough is formed.  (Be careful not to overmix.)  Break the dough into 6 evenly sized but roughly shaped mounds and set aside.

After the peaches have baked 10 minutes, remove the peaches from the oven and place the dough mounds on top, spacing them at least 1/2-inch apart (they should not touch).  Sprinkle each mound with the remaining sugar.  Bake until the topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling, 16-18 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack until warm, about 20 minutes; serve. 

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, March 2008

27 Responses

  1. This looks so yummy! What a perfect summer dessert!

  2. Looks absolutely perfect and delicious.

  3. Really a perfect way to showcase such amazing ingredients!

  4. What a beautiful dessert–it looks so enticing. I love the addition of yogurt to the biscuit.

  5. This is almost identical to my recipe except that the fruit is cooked stove top. I like the idea of just baking the fruit then adding the topping. I’m in! Thanks for saving me from another pan to wash.

  6. Annie, that is a perfect looking cobbler!!! I love seeing the use of yogurt in the batter too! MMmmmm bring on the ice cream with it! 🙂

  7. I can’t wait to make this today with my neighbor! Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. That peach cobbler looks so good! I am looking forward to the peaches.

  9. I saw this in Cook’s but just haven’t tried it. Now that fresh peaches are coming in, I will. Thanks for sharing.I hope you will join me beginning in August for Crock Pot Wednesdays at I’d love to see you there.

  10. Hi Annie! This looks great and will be the first of your recipes that I’m going to try (I’ve only just discovered your blog, everything looks amazing!) I was wondering if you could approximate how many servings this will make … I’m wondering if I need to double it when making it for 10-12 people. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Rebecca!
      So glad you have found my blog and enjoy it. I hope you continue to visit and find lots of recipes you love! You definitely want to make a double batch of cobbler for 10-12 people. That is what I did and we had maybe 1-2 servings left over (fed 10 people). I hope it turns out well for you!
      🙂 Annie

  11. This looks wonderful! Peach desserts are my favorite summer treats – I agree that it takes me a LONG time to peel peaches but it’s worth it for fresh, in-season peaches!

  12. I just made a cobbler and the topping was good, but nothing to write home about. (although I did blog about it)
    I am anxious to try yours, especially since I have tons of peaches to use!!!!

  13. Have you tried blanching the peaches? Learned that trick from Ina Garten when I made her Peach & Blueberry Crumbles. You just boil a pot of water and drop the peaches in for about 30 seconds to a minute (I do them one at a time) and the skin slips right off.

    • Hi Q.,
      Yes, I have tried blanching the peaches many times (actually did it for this cobbler as well). It never really seems to work for me. It worked for maybe one out of the 20 or so I used. Bummer.
      🙂 Annie

  14. I made this recipe for the fourth 🙂 I loved the yogurt mixed in for the topping, I think that is the best topping I have made. Even though we could only find lowfat yogurt, it still turned out amazing!

    Even though it didn’t cut the peaches all of the way through, I used my oxo apple divider as a guide to cut the peaches 🙂

  15. Oh man that looks great! I love cobbler but peach is my ultimate favorite!!!

  16. Made this tonight for a casual dinner party with friends…absolutely delicious! The topping was so moist and buttery! yum! I didn’t have any yogurt on hand so I used soured whole milk and it turned out great!

  17. Hi, I found your site today when looking for a peach cobbler recipe. It is fabulous. I had looked at lots of sites but yours looked the closest to what I had in mind. I had to use vanilla yogurt as that is what I had on hand. I love the way it turned out and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes. Thanks!

  18. I made this tonight for my husband and his buddies who came over to watch football and it was a hit! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  19. I just made this tonight…SO GOOD! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  20. We had some peaches lying around and wanted to make a cobbler. I randomly found this through a Google search, and WOW. It’s not too sweet but has plenty of flavor. Also, that biscuit was amazing. I only had non-fat yogurt in the fridge, but it didn’t matter. Amazing. Thanks so much!

  21. My family and I usually make a berry cobbler but when peaches came in season I just had to try this. It’s delicious! Everyone loved it, this recipe is fabulous. 🙂

  22. Hi Annie,

    I remembered eating this cobbler and it was so delicious that I decided to make it for my roommate on her birthday. She said she wanted something “southern” so I used fresh Georgia peaches and it turned out beautifully! Thanks 🙂

  23. A friend of mine recommend your site to me and I’m loving it. Tonight I tried your peach cobbler recipe and I absolutely love the way those biscuits on top turned out – so light, fluffy, and not-to-bad on the waistline. The only things I changed on the recipe were nectarines for the peaches (plus a couple of spare plums I had on hand), and lime juice instead of lemon. Fantastic!

  24. The hubby had a hankering for some peach cobbler so I made this yesterday. YUM!!!! It was delish! I have never had a cobbler with a biscuit topping and it was sooo good.

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