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Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

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I’ve been completely in love with cobbler since I first tasted my grandma’s blackberry version decades ago. As far as desserts go, it’s just such an approachable one—rustic and homey but as delicious as any high-end pastry. The combination of the doughy topping (ideally with just a hint of salt) and sweet, soft cooked-down fruit is as good as it gets, especially when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. And if cobbler is as good as it gets, this Southern Peach Cobbler is as good as cobbler gets—it’s done just right and is super easy to make.

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 9 cups peaches, sliced into thin wedges (about 8 fresh peaches, or 3 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Topping:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter, chilled and grated
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Prepare the Filling: In a large bowl, combine the peaches, lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine and transfer the mixture to a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake the Filling: Bake the peach filling for 10 minutes. While the filling bakes, prepare the topping.
  4. Make the Topping: In a clean mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the grated butter and toss to combine. Stir in the boiling water quickly, just until combined. The batter will be lumpy.
  5. Assemble the Cobbler: Remove the baking dish from the oven and drop the topping over the filling in large spoonfuls.
  6. Add Cinnamon Sugar Topping: In a small bowl, stir together the 1/3 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the cobbler.
  7. Bake: Bake until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 25-30 minutes. (Note: This may bubble over, so place the baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any drips.)
  8. Serve: Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
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