Southern Peach Cobbler

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|by Erica

There’s nothing quite as comforting and delicious as a homemade Southern peach cobbler straight out of the oven. The sweet aroma of ripe peaches, the warm and gooey filling, and the perfectly buttery crust combine to create a dessert that’s simply irresistible. If you’re looking to make a fresh Southern peach cobbler that will have your taste buds singing, look no further! Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to help you create this delectable treat in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Southern Peach Cobbler

Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 8 large fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • ⅓ cup organic brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup organic sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Ingredients for the Topping:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup organic brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup organic sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick Earth Balance® butter, cut into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup boiling water

Additional Topping:

  • 4 tsp organic sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions for Making Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Preheat the oven to 425°F.

Peel, remove pits, and slice the peaches. Add them to a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, corn starch, lemon juice, and nutmeg over the peaches. Stir until the peaches are coated.

Pour the mixture into an ungreased 9 x 13 baking dish.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Using a pastry blender, mix butter into the flour mixture until it becomes crumbly.

Pour in boiling water and stir until combined.

Spoon the mixture over the peaches and spread gently, making sure to cover the peaches.

In a small bowl, mix organic sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle on top of the cobbler.

Bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.

Top with dairy-free vanilla ice cream (or ice cream of your choice).

Best served warm. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

The Fresh Peach Cobbler is best served warm. Adding a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream on top while it’s still warm creates a delightful contrast of temperatures and textures. The melting ice cream, mingling with the warm, spiced peaches and the crunchy topping, creates a symphony of flavors.

Tips for Perfecting the Fresh Peach Cobbler Recipe

Selecting the Right Peaches: Choose ripe, juicy peaches for the best flavor. They should be firm but yield slightly to pressure. Overripe peaches can be too mushy, while underripe ones won’t have enough sweetness or juice.

Peeling Peaches: To peel peaches easily, consider blanching them. Boil water in a pot, make small incisions on the peaches, and blanch them for about 30 seconds. Then, immediately transfer them to ice water. The skin should come off easily.

Thickness of Peach Slices: Slice the peaches to about ¼-1/2 inch thickness. Consistent thickness ensures even cooking and texture.

Balancing Sweetness: Adjust the amount of sugar based on the sweetness of your peaches. If your peaches are particularly sweet, you might want to reduce the sugar a bit.

Butter Substitute: If you’re not using Earth Balance® butter, any vegan butter or even regular butter (if not vegan) works. The key is to ensure it’s cold for a crumbly topping.

Oven Temperature: Make sure your oven is properly preheated. An accurate oven temperature is crucial for the cobbler to bake evenly.

Baking Dish Size: Use the recommended size (9 x 13 inches). A dish too small will cause overflowing, and too large will spread the filling too thin.

Checking for Doneness: The cobbler is done when the topping is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. If the topping browns too quickly, cover it loosely with aluminum foil.

Resting Time: Allow the cobbler to rest for a few minutes after baking. This helps the filling set and makes it easier to serve.

Serving: Serve warm for the best taste. The contrast between the warm cobbler and cold ice cream (if used) is delightful.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use canned or frozen peaches instead of fresh? A: Yes, you can use canned or frozen peaches if fresh ones aren’t available. Make sure to drain canned peaches well and thaw frozen peaches before use.

Q: How do I store leftover peach cobbler? A: Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Q: Can I make this cobbler gluten-free? A: Yes, substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Q: Is it possible to make the cobbler ahead of time? A: You can prepare the filling and topping ahead of time and refrigerate them separately. Assemble and bake when ready to serve for the best results.

Q: Can I freeze peach cobbler? A: Yes, the cobbler can be frozen either baked or unbaked. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. It can be stored for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bake or reheat as needed.

Q: How do I know if my peaches are ripe enough for the cobbler? A: Ripe peaches will have a fragrant aroma and will give slightly under gentle pressure. They should be firm but not hard.

Q: Can I add other fruits to the cobbler? A: Absolutely! Feel free to mix peaches with other fruits like berries, apples, or pears for a different flavor profile.

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