Are you tired of settling for store-bought desserts when you and your family could be savoring a homemade cast iron peach cobbler? In this blog post, I'll walk you through how to make the perfect cast iron peach cobbler.
We'll explore the juicy goodness and convenience of canned peaches, the secret ingredients that will elevate this easy peach cobbler recipe, and the simple steps to help you create a mouthwatering masterpiece right in your own kitchen. So, get ready to embark on a journey to making homemade peach cobbler in the comfort of your own home!
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Reasons Why You'll Love Cast Iron Peach Cobbler
Comfort Food: It's the ultimate comfort food and brings up memories of grandma's kitchen and fun family gatherings.
Texture Contrast: The soft, tender sweet peaches and the crispy, golden-brown crust are the perfect combination.
Versatile: You can serve Cast Iron Peach Cobbler warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream, or on its own.
Easy to Make: This dessert is really easy to make with your kids.
Seasonal: It's a perfect way to use ripe, fresh peaches during peach season.
All-Purpose Flour: This gives structure and texture to the dessert. You can use self-rising flour instead. If you do, there’s no need to add salt and baking powder to it because those ingredients are already in it.
Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent and causes your batter to rise and become fluffy.
Salt: Adds the savory flavor of the cobbler and balances out the sweetness of the cobbler.
Peaches: They provide sweetness, flavor, and texture to the recipe. You can use fresh, frozen, peaches as a substitute. If you're using fresh peaches, please peel, pit, and slice them before adding them to the cobbler.
Brown Sugar: Adds a caramel-like flavor to the batter.
Granulated Sugar: This also sweetens the batter.
Butter: Adds buttery flavor to the cobbler. You can use margarine or dairy-free butter as a substitute.
Vanilla: Adds a pleasant aroma and enhances the taste of the cobbler.
Milk: Provides moisture to the cobbler and gives it a tender texture. You can use heavy cream, or dairy-free milk like coconut, almond, or soy milk instead.
Cinnamon Sugar: A sweet and aromatic topping that complements the peaches and adds a hint of warmth and spice. If you don't have pre-made cinnamon sugar, you can make your own by mixing ¼ cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). While the oven is preheating, place the butter in a cast iron pan and place it in the oven to melt. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. Once it melts, remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and set it aside.
Prepare Homemade Self-Rising Flour by combining 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.
Add brown sugar, white sugar, and milk to the flour mixture and mix them thoroughly until you have a smooth batter.
Pour the batter over the melted butter in the cast iron skillet. As tempting as it is, do not stir.
Open both cans of sweet sliced peaches and reserve the syrup from both cans. Spoon the peaches evenly over the batter. Again, do not stir.
Sprinkle 2 tablespoons or more of cinnamon sugar on top of the peaches and batter.
Bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and is bubbling. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Cast Iron Peach Cobbler Tips and Tricks
If using fresh peaches, choose ripe, sweet peaches for the best flavor. The peaches should be firm but slightly soft to the touch. Overly ripe peaches can become really mushy in the cobbler.
Taste the peach filling before adding sugar.
Preheat your cast iron skillet. This helps create a crispy, golden crust on the bottom.
When combining the flour, sugar, and milk for the batter, mix them just until they are combined. Overmixing will lead to a tougher texture.
The cobbler is done when the top is golden brown, and the center is bubbling. I also like to insert a toothpick into the crust parts to check for doneness; the toothpick should come out clean.
Let the cobbler cool for at least 15 minutes before serving, so that it has some time to set.
History of Peach Cobbler
Cobbler is a delicious dessert that's rooted in the American South. It traces back to the time of the English and Dutch settlers. Enslaved cooks adopted and adapted cobbler, using local peaches and self-rising flour instead of pastry dough. Peach cobbler has remained an important dessert in African American cuisine and to us, symbolizes the creativity and resilience of Black cooks.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
Place your cooled cobbler in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2-3 months.
To reheat the cobbler in the oven, preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), then place the cobbler in an oven-safe dish. Heat it for 15-20 minutes or until it’s warmed through.
If you're using a microwave, heat individual portions on a microwave-safe plate for 1-2 minutes on medium power.
What is a cast iron peach cobbler?
Peach cobbler is a classic dessert made with peaches, sugar, and a simple batter, cake mix, or biscuit topping. It’s typically baked in a baking dish or cast iron skillet until the peaches are tender and the topping is golden brown.
Do I need to cover the cobbler while baking?
Covering the cobbler while baking is optional. You can cover it if you prefer a softer crust.
Can I use a different type of skillet?
Yes, you can use a different type of skillet, such as a Dutch oven or a pie pan. But, keep in mind that the baking time may vary depending on the type of skillet you use.
How do I know when the cobbler is done?
Your cobbler is done when the dough turns golden brown and the peach mixture is bubbling. You can also check the doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the dough. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cobbler is done.
Can I make this recipe gluten-free?
Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using a gluten-free flour or cake mix.
What can I serve with the cobbler?
You can serve your cobbler on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit, custard, caramel sauce, or whipped cream.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time. Simply assemble the cobbler but don't bake it. Cover the cobbler with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake your cobbler for 35-40 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and bubbly.
What kind of peaches work best for peach cobbler?
The best peaches for cobblers are freestone peaches. These peaches tend to be juicy and firm. Other varieties you can use are Georgia Belle, Elberta, or Red Haven.
And that's it! - with just a few simple ingredients and steps, you can make this easy and delicious cast iron peach cobbler right in your own kitchen. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this cobbler is a crowd-pleasing dessert!
Thanks for following along - now go enjoy a big spoonful! Also, let us know in the comments how your peach cobbler turns out.
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Cast Iron Peach Cobbler
- Cast Iron Skillet
- Mixing bowls
For the homemade self-raising flour:
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the cobbler:
- 1½ large cans of peaches, (approximately 29 ounces each), juice/syrup reserved
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 6-8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1½ cup milk
- Cinnamon sugar (mix ¼ cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). While the oven is preheating, place the butter in a cast iron skillet and place it in the oven to melt. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn. Once it melts, remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and set it aside.
- Prepare Homemade Self-Raising Flour by combining 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Mix the ingredients well.
- Add brown sugar, white sugar, and milk and vanilla to the flour mixture and mix them thoroughly until you have a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter over the melted butter in the cast iron skillet. As tempting as it is, do not stir.
- Open both cans of peaches and reserve the syrup from both cans. Spoon the peaches evenly over the batter and pour about ¼ cup of the reserved juice over the peaches. Again, do not stir.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons or more of cinnamon sugar over the top of your dump cake and bake at 375°F for 35-40 minutes, until top is golden brown and center is bubbling. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving warm with ice cream.