Crispy Texas Peach Cobbler

Crispy Texas Peach Cobbler

Let me tell you about this peach cobbler, guys. This is the peach cobbler that your wildest Texas dreams are made of. This is the peach cobbler you naughtily fantasized about when people told you it was wrong to think about food in a sexual way. This is the peach cobbler you would be eating if your long lost southern fairy godmother ascended from heaven and brought you gifts of peaches and cinnamon crisp. This is the peach cobbler that will make you weep tears of food joy.

Despite their place of honor in southern cobbler, peaches sometimes get a bad rap. Yes, it’s true that biting into a peach that isn’t perfectly ripe can be “meh” at best. But most of the time, I’d have to call that user error. You did, after all, pick the peach. It was just trying to sit there and ripen. The peach didn’t ask for any of this.

The good news for this recipe is that not all of your peaches have to be perfect for this cobbler to turn out exactly like you dreamed it would. I bought a mix of yellow and white peaches for mine, and the white peaches didn’t have the perfect sweet, juicy taste I was looking for. Nevertheless, when they cooked down with their juicy peach friends, some sugar, and some cinnamon, you would never have guessed that they were once “meh.” Baking is magical, my friends.

I made this cobbler for some of my girlfriends when they came over to watch the first few episodes of “Game Of Thrones.” I know, we’re totally behind the cultural zeitgeist on that (and if you comment any spoilers beyond season one, I will ruin you). We decided to read the books together and only keep up with the show as far as we’ve read. It’s going to be a long journey, but a worthy and delicious one since I’ll probably end up making snacks and dessert for every episode watch party. Because let’s be honest – without peach cobbler to sweeten up the mood, all of the decapitations can get pretty depressing.

So go forth and bake, my friends. Praise from your friends, family, and belly awaits you. Don’t forget to post your reviews and any other cobbler tips in the comments!

Crispy Peach Cobbler

Serves 8

Filling
  1. 8 fresh peaches (peeled, pitted, and sliced) or 8 cups frozen sliced peaches (unsweetened, thawed)
  2. 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  3. ⅓ c brown sugar
  4. ⅛ c white sugar (optional – only if the fruit isn’t very sweet by itself)
  5. ½ tsp cinnamon
  6. 3 tsp cornstarch
Topping
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 cup white sugar
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  7. 1/4 cup boiling water
  8. 2 Tbsp white sugar
  9. ½ tsp cinnamon
  10. Vanilla Ice Cream (for serving)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.
  4. Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes. Divide between 8 plates, top with ice cream and serve.