Fresh Peach Cobbler is my favorite of all the thousands of cobbler recipes that exist in the world. This is a simple cobbler, with ingredients that most people have around. Peaches are ripening as I type, and since it is Summer, I am calling this easy Peach Cobbler Summer Comfort Food. Yum!
Fresh Peach Cobbler
One Summer day about 5 years ago, we were driving in Seattle, close to the lake (Lake Washington. I just call it 'The Lake'), when we saw a guy with a big truck pulled off the side of the road. I noticed that the rollup door was open and he had a bunch of crates of something in there. A woman was talking to him, and I saw her lift a peach out of one of the crates (yes, I saw and zeroed in on the peach as we went by at 35 mph! I mean, food). So I asked Paul to pull over (more like ohmygoshpeachesyouneedtopullover! Which he did. I'm spoiled).
The guy was from a farm in Eastern Washington, where much of our local produce comes from. Walla Walla Sweet Onions, Cherries, and of course Apples, Peaches, even Hops for making beer, and so much more. I digress. I do that a lot. I figure details are good.
We bought peaches from the man. A lot of them! When we got home I spent the next 2 days blanching, skinning, packing, freezing, making stuff with peaches, and having a ball at my own Peach Party! What was great about that is that any time I wanted peaches to make my Fresh Peach Cobbler, they were already measured out and sliced. All I had to do was set a bag out to thaw!
After the last of those peaches were gone (they lasted over a year!), I never did that again. I mean, it was fun, but it was a ton of work. I don't mind the work, but I started a new job and was working a lot, so time was a factor. I will say that every year I make Paul drive me to that spot by the lake to see if the peach guy is there! Haha, no luck so far! The nice thing about living where we do is that it's just a beautiful drive over the Cascade Mountains to Eastern Washington, where we can hit up as many fruit & veggie stands as we want! The grocery store actually has some amazing peaches in right now, so I bought a few and let them sit on the counter for a few days to fully ripen. So worth the wait! They were sweet and juicy, and it only took two of them to make my Fresh Peach Cobbler! I have a third for my lunch tomorrow!
I used to make Fresh Peach Cobbler in a glass 8"x8" baking dish, which is the perfect size. Nowadays I use my 8" or 9" Cast Iron Skillet. Works like a charm! I love the crust that forms, and that part gets the most butter! Fresh Peach Cobbler is great when it's warm, and with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream on it. I also have no problem just eating a helping of it on its own. Summer comfort food! If you see that peach guy, let me know!
One of the most comforting of comfort foods! A fresh peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is good any time of the year, especially when the peaches are ripe on the trees!
- 6 Tablespoon Butter
- ¾ cup Flour
- ¾ cup plus 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup Milk
- ¼ teaspoon Almond Extract (optional)
- 2 cups Fresh Peaches (peeled, pit removed, sliced)
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
Put butter in 8-inch square baking dish or 8-10-inch cast iron skillet. Set in oven to melt.
In small bowl, whisk together flour, ¾ cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Add milk and almond extract. Whisk gently, until just incorporated into dry ingredients. Don’t over mix!
When butter has melted, remove pan from oven. Pour batter into pan, without stirring it into butter, then arrange fruit over the batter.
Sprinkle fruit with remaining Tablespoon of sugar.
Bake until batter browns, about 40 to 50 minutes.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Bake in a 8-inch to 10-inch cast iron pan or a 8"x8" baking dish.