August 2014

          

 

Peach Cobbler is one of my favorite desserts!  It ranks right on up there near the top of the list.  There are many recipes for fruit cobblers but in my book there is only one way to make a cobbler…and it’s not throwing some biscuit dough on top of sweetened fruit!

To me…a fruit cobbler is sweetened fruit topped with a sweet lattice-worked pastry brushed with butter and sprinkled with plenty of sugar for a crunchy topping.  All those other recipes must have been devised by someone who was too lazy to do the work…because I’ve never eaten one that compares to a real fruit cobbler.

You can use different fruits for cobblers…but peaches are my favorite…cherry and apple are not bad…but peach reigns supreme.  It is best to use fresh peaches..or fresh peaches that you have frozen at home.  For some reason…even the frozen peaches at the supermarket just don’t taste the same. 

Many years ago I planted peach trees…just to have peaches for cobbler!  I planted an Indian or white peach tree that has ripe peaches in June and a more common peach tree that gives me ripened peaches in July or early August.  I love the white peaches…they are a large, juicy, and delicate peach that you don’t need to peel for cobbler.

I start if using fresh peaches by cutting them in slices off the pit.  My white peaches are a cling peach so the peach clings to the pit.  I usually just cut them off into the baking dish  I’m using for my cobbler or a bowl.  As I peel and slice the first one I sprinkle it with plenty of sugar and squeeze the juice of a lemon over the top.  Adding peaches I stir this mixture to make sure all the peaches are covered with the sugar mixture to keep them from turning brown.  When I finish I put the peaches in the refrigerator while I make my pastry.

You can make the pastry by hand but I use my food processor.  It is fast and easy!  I measure the flour, sugar, and salt into the processor and pulse it a couple of times to mix it well. 

Then I cut my butter in half lengthwise and then cut those halves in half again. 

 Then I cut them those into small squares and add to the flour mixture.  Make sure your butter is icy cold.  You can even stick it in the freezer for a few minutes. 

 

I pulse this about 10 times or until the mixture is rough crumbs…there should be small chunks of butter in the mixture. 

Then I add enough ice water to make the mixture stick together when you press it with your finger. 

As I am adding the water I probably don’t process but about 30 seconds.  Then remove the dough from the bowl and divide it in half. 

Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate. 

 

My dough is still crumbly when I divide it so I use the plastic wrap to press it gently into a disk shape.  Refrigerate at least an hour before rolling out for the top.  You can freeze the other half of the pastry to use later for a single pie crust or another cobbler.

While the pastry is chillin’ in the frig….I mix about ¼ cup of cornstarch, ¼ cup of sugar, with 1 ½ cup of cold water and whisk it until dissolved in a small pan.  Then I cook it over high heat until thick and transparent.  I prefer to do this rather than just mix up raw cornstarch in the peaches.  Peaches cook very quick and sometimes the cornstarch doesn’t have time to cook well enough to thicken properly and cook the starchy taste out of the cobbler.

Mix that with your peaches and pour into a baking dish.

Melt one stick of butter and drizzle about ½ of it across your peaches.  Save the rest to brush on your pastry top.

Roll out one half of the pastry on a floured large cutting board to about 1/8 of an inch thick. 

 

 

Using a pastry cutter cut long strips of pastry about ½ to ¾ of an inch wide.  You can just lay the strips lengthwise across the cobbler and then lay shorter strips across the width of the cobbler.  Your strips should be about ½ of an inch apart. 

 

If you really want your cobbler to look pretty you can weave each strip over and under the other to make a lattice top.

Brush the top of the pastry with remaining butter and sprinkle with plenty of sugar.  Bake at 350º for 45 minutes – 1 hour.  If your top has not browned turn on the broiler and brown the top…don’t leave it…watch as it browns…it burns easily.

I love peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream or just plain cream poured over the top. 

A perfect dessert for July 4th!

From my kitchen…to yours…give this a try….it is delicious!

Leah

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Peach Cobbler

 Crust:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup sugar
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (chilled very cold)
½ – ¾ cup cold water (you can just use cold tap water)

Filling:
8 -10 cups fresh peaches – sliced
Juice of fresh lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon ( if desired)
2 cups sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 ½ cup cold water

Sugar
1 stick melted butter

Crust:
In food processor pulse 2-3 times until mixed flour, salt, and sugar. Cut butter into 16 equal pieces and drop into processor while pulsing about 16 times. Mixture should resemble course cornmeal. Add cold water and process about 30 seconds. Half mixture and wrap each half with plastic wrap. Flatten into disc shape and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Crust may be made the day before and stored in refrigerator.

If mixing crust by hand. Mix flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in chilled butter until it resembles course cornmeal. Sprinkle with cold water and cut with pastry cutter until dough sticks together. Wrap and chill.

Filling:
Place sliced peaches in large bowl and toss with lemon juice and 1 ½ cups of sugar. 

Whisk cornstarch with cold water and remaining ½ cup sugar.  Cook over high heat until thickened and transparent.  Mix with peaches and pour peach mixture in large rectangular baking dish. Drizzle peach mixture with one half of melted butter.

Roll out crust until about 1/8 inch thick. Cut into strips with pastry cutter. Place strips vertically across peach mixture about ¼ inch apart. Place strips horizontally across peach mixture at same distance. I like to weave my strips by just lifting each strip and weaving under and over carefully as needed.

Brush pastry top with all the melted butter. It will flow between cracks into filling. Then sprinkle top of pastry with plenty of sugar. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes – 1 hour or until bubbly and crust is browned.  You can do the final browning of crust under the broiler.

14 Responses to Peach Cobbler…The Real Way!

  • Mollie Brandon says:

    Now that’s what I’m talkin about ! I do not have peach trees but do have a “peach sellin” place down the road,straight from the orchard..I had never tried the white peaches until this year..it feels a little strange..not seeing orange but their taste is great ! I have made an over the top very large cobbler when the peaches first came in..just finished peeling my “second” stop batch ! LOL..you are so right…nothing like a good fresh peach cobbler ! Thanks again for sharing and “stay cool” and keep the recipes comin !
    Mollie

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  • Christina says:

    Praise God!!! This is the very first peach cobbler recipe I have found on the web that does not use cinnamon and/or nutmeg(blah). I am wanting to make a real down home, dirt country peach cobbler recipe for my hubby. And Ma’am you’ve got it!!!
    Thank you sooo much and blessings.
    CJ

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    Leah

    Leah Reply:

    Thanks Christina…hope you like it!

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  • daniele says:

    Yes! Pie crust, never biscuits on top. My mother used to make it with layers of fruit and pastry. Those middle layers of peach syrupy pastry are the best.

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  • Heather says:

    Made this for fathers day. Dad says it’sjust like his grandma used to make it! Thanks Leah!

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    Leah

    Leah Reply:

    Thanks Heather…so glad your dad approved!

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  • Charmaine says:

    I made this cobbler last night for my family. It was the first cobbler I have ever made and I wanted to do it the traditional way with pie crust . I had a very difficult time with my pastry sticking to the counter. I think I just needed to use more flour on the counter. The biggest issue I had was that my cobbler had way too much liquid, almost like a soup on the inside. Any suggestions for the liquid problem.? This is a great recipe and I plan to make it again, thank you so much for posting a recipe that is the real deal and not a short cut. If you or anyone else has suggestions for the liquid issue please post also tips and tricks for working with pastry would be great. What size baking dish are you using for this recipe?

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    Leah

    Leah Reply:

    Hi Charmaine…

    Thank you for making the peach cobbler! First of all…the issue with the liquid…if you used fresh peaches they might have been very juicy and that really made lots of liquid in your cobbler. If you prefer less liquid mix your cornstarch with your sugar and toss the peaches with the sugar mixture and lemon juice not adding any extra liquid. It really is not necessary to cook the liquid first…it will cook as your cobbler cooks and the peaches should make plenty of juice for the liquid.

    When I roll out pie crust…I usually use wax paper on my counter or cutting board. Just moisten the counter or cutting board with a damp sponge and cover with wax paper. Dust heavily with flour and make sure you are turning and moving your dough around on the surface as you roll it out so that you are not rolling continuously in the same place. You can also sprinkle flour on any sticky spots under the dough. If you find that you have an excess of flour on your dough you can use a dry pastry brush to brush it off before baking. Using the wax paper makes it easy to clean up the flour after rolling and cutting your pastry.

    Hope this helps you next time…let me know if you have any other questions or need any further help.

    Leah

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