The summer dessert. This easy peach cobbler recipe is as simple as it is delicious. Perfect for using up the bounty of summer peaches, it combines the sweet, juicy fruit with a soft, cake topping. This recipe is wonderfully straightforward, making it a great choice for a quick dessert that still tastes great.

This recipe is a celebration of simplicity. It takes the natural sweetness of peaches and enhances it with a buttery cake topping. It is a rustic and homey dessert that is perfect for any summer gathering or a cozy night.

Perfect for camping

This recipe was a staple in my house growing up. We would often bake it while camping with an outdoor dutch oven over hot coals. The sweet, simple cake brings back so many childhood memories of long weekend camping trips out by the lake, spending time with my family.

Finished peach cobbler scooped out into a bowl with ice cream in another other bowl

What is in peach cobbler?

Unsalted Butter

It is always important to use unsalted butter when baking. If you use salted butter, you have no way of knowing how much salt you are adding to your dough or batter and it will result in an overly salted treat.

Butter adds fats to your dough or batter which helps with moistness, flavor and texture. Butter melts at body temperature, which creates a ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation.

When baking with butter the temperature is important. If the butter is too warm your treat will melt down too fast and overspread in the oven, leaving you with a greasy, flat mess. If your butter is too cold it will have the opposite problem and not melt down enough, leaving your treat too thick.

Granulated Sugar

Adds sweetness, provides a caramelized flavor and crisp texture. Sugar assists with rising when creamed with butter. It helps add moisture to your treat and helps it evenly spread as it melts into a liquid in the heat of the oven. Sugar also helps with naturally preserving your baked treat.

Eggs

Adds both a protein (egg whites) and fat (egg yolks). The egg whites help with rising because, when foamed, little air pockets get trapped inside the egg white mixture. The water content in egg whites encourages steam while baking, which helps with gluten formation, resulting in nice and thick treats. Egg yolks have emulsifying properties that bring batters and doughs together and help them from collapsing. Unless otherwise specified, always use large eggs.

Fine Sea Salt

Enhances flavor, adds balance, masks any bitter flavors. Salt is the most powerful and oldest preservative. Always make sure to use fine sea salt so it melts down at the right speed in the heat of the oven. If you use larger granule salt, it will not melt down fully when baked and will leave salt crystals throughout your treat, making it crunch like you dropped it into sand.

Milk

Adds moisture to the batter or dough. Milk adds protein and sugar (lactose) to your treat. It encourages browning and adds a bit more sweetness to your baked treat.

Fine Sea Salt

Enhances flavor, adds balance, masks any bitter flavors. Salt is the most powerful and oldest preservative. Always make sure to use fine sea salt so it melts down at the right speed in the heat of the oven. If you use larger granule salt, it will not melt down fully when baked and will leave salt crystals throughout your treat, making it crunch like you dropped it into sand.

Peaches

The star of this show! Adding a natural sweetness and juicy texture

Melting butter in a cast iron dutch oven

How do you prevent the cobbler from being too runny or dry?

The key is in the ratio of fruit to batter. Too much fruit can make it runny, while too little can make it dry. Following the recipe measurements closely should yield the perfect consistency.

Can you used canned or frozen peaches instead of fresh?

Absolutely! If fresh peaches aren’t available, canned or frozen peaches can be used. Be sure to drain canned peaches and thaw frozen ones before using.

How do you store leftover peach cobbler?

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Are there variations to the basic peach cobbler recipe?

Yes! You can add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the peaches for extra flavor. A splash of almond extract can also add a delightful twist.

All the ingredients of the peach cobbler poured into a cast iron dutch oven about to go in the oven

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Easy Peach Cobbler

Author: Madison Reid
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Gather your summer harvest and make this irresistible treat! It doesn’t get easier than this recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup peached peeled & chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a Dutch oven or cast-iron pot, place butter over medium heat on stove top and melt
  • In a separate bowl, mix sugar, flour, salt, milk & baking powder
  • Once butter is melted, pour batter on top of butter (do not stir)
  • Pour fruit on top of batter (do not stir)
  • Place lid on Dutch oven or pot and place in oven for 45 minutes
  • Take out and let cool for 15 minutes
  • Enjoy! Goes well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 3g Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 15g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 64mg Sodium: 165mg Potassium: 59mg Fiber: 0.4g Sugar: 26g Vitamin A: 746IU Calcium: 82mg Iron: 1mg

Have you tried this recipe?

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