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World's Best Peach Cobbler Crust Recipe

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Why Should You Use My Recipe?

I've been baking peach cobblers for years, and I've learned a few things to do -- and what NOT to do. The fact is that there's quite a big difference between a merely "good" peach cobbler and a truly great one.

The following recipe has been getting raves for a lot of years now, and I'm sure you'll get lots of praise when you bake it, too. Don't be put off by the long instructions. They may look intimidating, but they really aren't.

I'll walk you through every part of the process.

The Crust

Let's face it. An outstanding peach cobbler comes down to only two things: great peaches (of course) and a knockout crust. Some people will overlook merely "average" peaches if they're topped by an incredible crust.

Here's how to make the best cobbler crust you ever tasted. I've looked all over the Internet and I have never seen a recipe and technique quite like the one I'm about to explain to you.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • one and a half sticks of butter (3/4s of a cup) -- chilled
  • 3 tbsp. lard (you can also use shortening)
  • iced water

Crust Directions

  • Mix the flour and salt in a bowl large enough for you to easily work your hands inside of it.
  • Chop the butter into pieces the size of marbles and drop them into the flour, and put in small pieces of the lard or shortening. Toss the butter and lard pieces in the flour, then begin to rub them into the flour with your fingers.
  • Here's the odd part: after you've mixed about half of the butter/lard, meaning you still have roughly half of the marble-sized pieces still in the flour, wet your hands at the tap, shake off the excess, then continue to mix the butter and flour with your fingers. You'll need to wet your hands 3 or 4 times while you're combining the flour and butter.
  • Leave some larger pieces of butter (about the size of peas) -- they will make your crust flaky.
  • Spoon about 5 tablespoons of the iced water in your flour, and then use a fork to slowly incorporate the water. It's okay to add more water. Most recipes don't include enough water. However, because you've wetted your hands with water you will notice that you won't need much more than the original 5 tablespoons.
  • Gather it into a ball and place it on plastic wrap. If there's a little bit on the bottom of your bowl that's still dry, it's okay. Press it onto the top of the ball of dough, wrap it up tightly and put it into the fridge.
  • I know, I know. Who has the time to make dough then chill it? But... hey... this step of chilling the dough is absolutely vital to making a phenomenal crust. The dough needs to chill for at least an hour, preferably two hours.
  • I usually make my dough in the morning, put it into the refrigerator, then later in the afternoon when I'm ready to make the cobbler, my crust-dough is ready to go.

Preparing Your Peaches

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of sliced peaches (see below)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Directions

  • If you're using fresh peaches, simply drop them into boiling water for about 30 seconds (this makes it easy to remove the skin) then slice them into a bowl.
  • If you're using peaches from the freezer, you'll want to let them come to room temperature.
  • Combine 1/4 cup of cornstarch with one cup of sugar. It's important to combine these before you add them to your peaches.
  • To four cups of peaches add the sugar/cornstarch mixture and stir carefully.
  • Squeeze half of a lemon into your peaches then grate about one teaspoon of the lemon rind (the yellow part, not the white part) into the bowl then combine well.
  • Add in 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (freshly grated is really delicious. But, hey, if what you have is already grated, then use that.)
  • Spray your baking dish with Pam (makes it really easy to clean later, and even an older dishwasher will be able to clean the dish if you do this) then pour your peaches into it.
  • Now you're ready to make your lattice crust.

Rolling Out Your Crust

Lay out sheets of aluminum foil on your counter then cover with a light dusting of flour.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and press it into a flat disk with your hand. Using your roller, roll the dough from the center outward till it is about an 1/8th of an inch thick.

As you roll, you'll need to lift up the dough and sprinkle flour beneath it. I usually end up turning the dough a couple of times, to make sure it doesn't stick to the foil. You'll find that working with thoroughly chilled dough is so much easier than working with dough you just mixed!

Slice the dough into long strips, and lay them in a criss-cross pattern on top of your peaches in the baking dish.

Final Touches

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In the "holes" created by the lattice-crust, put small pieces of butter. I usually just slice off a thin sliver of butter from a stick, then cut that into fourths. Each of these "fourths" goes into a hole.

Sprinkle sugar on your crust, then carefully sprinkle grated nutmeg and a little cinnamon onto the crust. It doesn't take much, but adding nutmeg to the top of the crust will really increase the delicious aroma when you take it out of the oven.

Then I spray my cobbler with Pam. This will make your crust glisten in the same way that an egg-wash will make it glisten. The only difference? It takes me about 10 seconds to spray it with Pam, and quite a while to beat an egg with ice water and paint it onto the crust. In my opinion, the Pam looks better and it certainly is easy.

Put your cobbler into the oven and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Depending on your oven, it may take as long as an hour—you're looking for the crust to become a delicious, crusty brown. After all, part of the charm of a cobbler is the texture contract of soft sweet peaches with crispy crust.

Serve it with vanilla ice cream, and get ready for the raves!

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Comments 124 comments

Stacey 3 weeks ago

I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time. I used to have a very old cook book with similar recipe. It got lost in a move. Had the best recipes. Thank you! It is a great crust!


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Buster Bucks 7 weeks ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi S. Davis,

Your comments have made my day! My grandmother loved to make cobblers, and the taste-memory I had of them is what lead me to put this recipe together. She made them willy-nilly so there was no recipe that I know of, so I had to experiment.

Anyhow, thank you... and here's wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.

:-)

Buster


S.Davis 7 weeks ago

This was absolutely the best! Both the crust and the filling are wonderfully delicious and flavorful. It reminds me of the cobblers my grandmother used to make, and that makes me very happy. I can't wait to share this with family during holiday dinners. It'll definitely give pumpkin pie a run for the money this holiday season. Thank you so much for sharing!


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Buster Bucks 17 months ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Rebeca,

What a nice surprise this early Sunday morning to find your comment. Thank you.

:-)


Rebeca Perez 17 months ago

I've used this recipe for years and I absolutely love it. The crust is flaky and soooo delicious. This recipe is loved by all my family. Thanks


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Buster Bucks 3 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Fred,

I would use 4 1/2 cups (ish) fresh peaches. In my view, 6 cups of peaches are too many for this crust recipe. Once you're using fewer peaches I think you'll like the peach-to-crust ratio.

I'm glad you've enjoyed it Fred -- thanks for taking the time to write to me.

Best regards,

Buster


Fred 3 years ago

I've made your peach cobbler about six times now. Great recipe! I usually use 12 fully ripe peaches which yields about 6 cups. When I bake the recipe in a 9" x 13" pan I seem to have too much juice for the amount of crust on top. Other recipes suggest pushing spoonfuls of dough into the peaches before adding the lattice crust. Do you buy this, or do you have other suggestions for increasing the crust to peach ratio?


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Buster Bucks 3 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Ms. Sunshine,

Drain off the liquid if you're going to use canned peaches. I think 2 cans should be about right for this recipe.

Good luck!

Buster


MsSunshine831 3 years ago

If using canned peaches, do you use the juice also? How many cans would you say to use? Thank you for the recipe. I can't wait to try it.

Brenda~


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Buster Bucks 3 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Barbara,

Look just below "Final Touches" in the peach cobbler recipe. You'll see How To Freeze Fresh Peaches in blueprint. Click the blue print and the link will take you there.

:)

Best regards,

Buster


Barbara Duran 3 years ago

Iam sorry but do not see recipe for freezing peaches. Would you please share again. Thanks so much Barbara


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Pamela,

Yes, absolutely! I've used this cobbler recipe with pears, plums, and nectarines. No other changes to the directions needed.

Good luck!

Buster


Pamela Salcido 4 years ago

Can this cobbler be made with the fresh pears I prepared to freeze per your instructions, I had a wonderful year with my pears and I want to try different ways to use them. Anxiously waiting, Thank you so much for the freezing directions.


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Jean,

I love success stories! Sounds like you've got a catering gig...

It means a lot to me that you'd take the time to tell me about your wonderful day.

Best regards,

Buster


Jean Ruff 4 years ago

Hey Buster,wanted to give you some feedback on the Peach Cobbler I made for my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner about three weeks ago. I made two large ones to serve more than 50 people. By the time I got to eat, there were just scrapings in the bottom of the pans. The food was catered, but I chose to make the dessert. Several people wanted to know who made the dessert, and when I said I did, I got a request to make the same recipe for my niece's Wedding Rehearsal Dinner in July, and I'm so looking forward to it. Thanks again.


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Jean,

Your comments have made my day! Congratulations on the big event.

Best regards,

Buster


Jean Ruff 4 years ago

I think your recipe is appropriately titled. Not that I have tasted every peach cobbler recipe there is, but I went on line to search for one to make for my daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner. The title of yours caught my eyes so I chose it and one other. I made yours first, following every little intricate detail. My husband was my taster/tester and when he tasted your recipe he said, "this is perfect, If I were you I would not even bother to make the other one." Well, I did go ahead and make the other, and when I tasted both of them, I must say, I had to agree with him. I know some folk who like more crust, so when I make it for the dinner next week, I plan on adding a bottom crust. If only they knew the hidden calories that are contained in that extra crust. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful peach cobbler recipe. Jean


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Diana,

There isn't a bottom crust for a cobbler. The sweetened peaches are placed into a baking dish then the dough is cut and latticed on the top.

Good luck! And thanks for taking the time to write.

Best regards,

Buster


Diana 4 years ago

Is there a way to keep the bottom crust from getting soggy.. should I pre-bake the bottom crust first?

Thank you.


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Buster Bucks 4 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Texas,

You've made my day! Thanks for taking the time to write.

Buster


TexasTexasTexas 4 years ago

This is delicious. Rolling it out and making the lattice was a snap. I haven't had old-fashioned peach cobbler in ages, and I can't believe I am the one who made it!!! Thank you so much for sharing.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Fanta,

Use a 13X9 baking pan. This recipe makes about 12 servings.

Hope this helps!

Buster


Fanta 5 years ago

what is the serving size, and what kind of baking dish to use?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Tam,

Yes, the bottom crust will be soft with no crunch at all.

However, some people like this doughy crust (my aunt, for example, always used a bottom layer that she knew would be soft, and a top layer that would be crunchy.)

I had another aunt who would put a few peaches into her pan, then a layer of crust, then bake that crust till it was brown (approximately 20 minutes or so) then she'd pour on the rest of her peaches (a lot!) then another layer of crust and bake THAT. The bottom layer would be soft, of course, but it would have a beautiful golden color.

Good luck!

Buster


tam 5 years ago

if i use the crust on bottom add peaches then crust again, will the crust be soggy on bottom?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi rosa,

Yes, you can use canned peaches if you don't have home canned ones. I've made many cobblers over the years with canned peaches. :)

Good luck with your cobbler!

Buster


Rosa 5 years ago

Can you use can peaches...like delmonte...I do not have home canned peaches on hand


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Layneegirl,

The sweetness of peaches varies greatly, as I know you know. The best way to test them is to taste them just before you make your cobbler. They should be sweet (this is a dessert after all!)

If when you taste them that you think "these could be sweeter" then add more sugar; if not, then the sugar you use for preserving them may be enough.

Err on the side of "too sweet" -- because the baking process will make them seem slightly less sweet.

I'm sure your cobbler will be a great success!

Best regards,

Buster


layneegirl 5 years ago

Hello there! Thank you for the recipe I am making it tomorrow! My question is that today I am preparing some peaches for the freezer... I am wondering if I use the one's I am preparing today for tomorrow's cobbler should I still add sugar and prepare as directed if I am using them tomorrow? They are ripe and are relatively sweet. I am still going to add a cup of sugar and lemon juice as you have indicated for freezing them... Should I still add more sugar tomorrow when I make the cobbler? Just want it to be perfect... It's for my Mom's birthday!!

Thank you kindly,

-L.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Sue,

When I have peaches that have lots of juice, I tend to spoon some of it off, so I'm only adding the cornstarch listed in the recipe. Adding more seems to make the peaches seem "slick" -- not sure how to describe it -- and so I'd rather add that extra peach juice to my orange juice in the morning, or (if I have a lot of juice) reduce it on the stovetop and put it on toast.

:-)

Thanks so much for taking the time to write to me!

Best regards,

Buster


Sue 5 years ago

I just froze some fresh peaches using your method and plan to make your cobbler soon! My peaches with the right amount of sugar added made a lot of juice! Have you ever needed to add more than 1/4 c. cornstarch to thicken during baking? I also like using tapioca. Looking forward to making your cobbler recipe! Thanks!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Peggy,

Yes, it works great to make the dough the day before, then bake it the day you plan to serve it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write to me.

Best Regards,

Buster


Peggy 5 years ago

Since you stated that it is best to make the cobbler the day you are serving the cobbler can I make the dough and keep it in the refrigerator the day before?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Miss Maggie,

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I plan to make a peach cobbler this weekend!

Best regards,

Buster


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Miss Maggie Mae 5 years ago from Mississippi

This is absolutely the best peach cobbler I've ever made!!! Thank you so much for sharing this :)


Bita 5 years ago

ThanK You for the cobbler recipe I cant wait to try it!!!

Do You have a recipe for Apple fritters?


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Natalija,

The baking process doesn't improve the ripeness of peaches, of course. If I were you, I'd wait until you have enough ripe ones, then make this cobbler.

The best fruit desserts are always made from the ripest, best fruit you can find.

Good luck!

Buster


Natalija 5 years ago

Hey Buster - What if my peaches aren't super ripe? I have a few ripe ones, but most of them are pretty hard. I'm under kind of a time crunch because I'm supposed to make this tonight (although reading your same day recommendation I might make it first thing in the morning). Will this turn out okay still? Do I need to add extra sugar or anything? Please let me know! Thanks!


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Brett,

I'm glad to hear about your success with the cobbler.

:-)

I always freeze fresh peaches -- not only do they make great cobblers throughout the year, but I like adding them to fruit salads and smoothies.

Thanks for taking the time to write to me.

Best regards,

Buster


Brett 5 years ago

I made this peach cobbler last weekend and it was excellent! I received rave reviews from everyone and several requests for the recipe. Thanks for sharing! I have a box of fresh peaches that I plan to put up using your "freezing peaches" advice, so that I can continue to make cobbler with fresh peaches throughout the cold season.


Cathy  5 years ago

Thanks for answering so quickly, & for the good advice.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Cathy,

Yes, it's possible to assemble a cobbler, freeze it, then bake it later.

There's a catch, though.

Here's the trick: after your dough has fully chilled, roll it out quickly. THEN toss your peaches with the sugar and corn starch. From this point forward, assemble quickly. What you want to avoid is having your freshly rolled out crust sit on wet peaches -- it can make it soggy.

Cover the cobbler with foil and put immediately into the freezer.

When you're ready to bake it, remove it from the freezer and put it (still frozen) into your PREHEATED oven, just like I've mentioned in the recipe. The cobbler will take longer to cook... though usually not much more than about 20 minutes or so.

I hope this helps -- and good luck!

Best regards,

Buster


Cathy Scorpio 5 years ago

I am having a family reunion & would like to assemble this cobbler, freeze it, & then cook it the morning of the Reunion. Do you think this will work, & would you happen to know what temp & how long?? Thanks!


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dickersonlaw 5 years ago

I love peach cobbler, Im going to give this recipe to my momma and have her whip up a batch


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi srw1234567,

Some flours do need a little extra water, so you may have put your finger on the issue.

Like you, I've noticed that when my crust looks a bit "ragged" when I'm rolling it out... it turns out even flakier than I could hope for. Julia Child used to write that she liked her crust to "look bad" when she was rolling it out -- this confirmed for her that she was about to make the best crust ever.

;-)

Thanks for your encouraging words. I love cooking and baking, and enjoy writing about this incredibly rewarding activity.

Warmest regards,

Buster


srw1234567@aol.com 5 years ago

After thinking more about my dry crust problems, I'm now wondering if using White Lily A-P flour, which is lower in protein, might have made the difference. The instructions on the WL flour bag read "use 2 extra TBSPS. of WL flour per cup to equal one cup of regular all-purpose flour. I also had ALL my ingredients ice cold which made them very hard to work in together...wondering now if they were TOO cold! After I did manage to get it on the cobbler, though, it baked fine. The crust was SO flaky!!

Thanks for your prompt reply and helping so many people enjoy baking. Hope you decide to write a cookbook. I, for one, would be first in line to buy one.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi srw1234567,

The Chemists in the Kitchen say that the amount of water needed for making crust is dependent on the amount of moisture in the air. Sometimes when I make cobbler, I'll need 7 tbsp. of water... but there have been other times that I had to add another 2 or 3 tbsp. I wish I knew the full reasons for this, but I don't.

Here's how I gauge it: as I add in the water and carefully stir it into the flour, I try to gather it into a ball. If it will *mostly* come together, then I know it's ready to be wrapped and put into the fridge. While there, the moisture will continue to work its way through the flour. However, if my ball of flour falls apart, then I add another tbsp. or two of water, stir, then see if I can make it come together.

Be careful to avoid overworking the dough -- it can become tough.

I don't take my dough out of the fridge until I'm ready to roll it. It seems that I get a flakier, crisper crust that way.

Cobbler crust, like pie crust, is an art rather than a science. It sounds to me like you're on your way to becoming an expert.

I really appreciate that you've taken the time to write!

Best regards,

Buster


srw1234567@aol.com 5 years ago

I've made your peach cobbler twice now and my husband and I think it's the best cobbler we've ever had. I had to use clingstone peaches yesterday, though, since freestones are not available in our area until July. They were still good; just not as good as freestones. I had one problem with the crust, though. I made it the day before, refrigerated it overnite, let it sit out awhile before rolling it out but it kept falling apart as I was rolling. It just didn't have enough water, I guess, but I had used about 7 tablespoons of ice water to make it, but guess I needed more, huh? I've always been very careful about using too much water. Any advice on this? I love reading all the comments.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Jennifer,

Ahhh, fresh local peaches! I'm glad your cobbler was a hit! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Best regards,

Buster


Jennifer V. 5 years ago

I made this today using peaches from a local farm, and it was DELICIOUS! We all loved it. Thanks for sharing your recipe and the techniques. The crust was fantastic.


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Buster Bucks 5 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi srw1234567,

Dewberries! Wow, I haven't heard about those since I was a child in the 60s. I wonder what happened to them? My grandmother made double-crust pies with them, and I loved their sweet-tart flavor.

As to your question about using canned cherries, it depends on whether they've been sweetened. Some cans are "cherries in syrup" and others are cherries without added sugar. I'm a big believer in getting out my spoon and trying them out. If they seem like they could use a dose of sugar, then I would add it till they're sweet like a dessert.

Otherwise, I'd handle the recipe as it is written, including the use of cornstarch. (I would sprinkle the cornstarch on the cherries using a sieve, so you'll get it evenly mixed without lumps.)

Let me know how it turns out, okay?

Thanks for writing -- you've made my day.

Buster


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Ash,

I'd like to help you, but I don't know what you mean.

Were they like large sugar crystals? If so, then those are called Sugar Crystals for Baking. They're about five times the size of regular sugar crystals, and add sparkle to the tops of sugar cookies, or cupcakes. I've seen them on cobblers, too... though that is rare.

Anyhow, I hope this helps.

Buster


ash 6 years ago

Hi there...I'm going to really try this recipe asap...I just have a quick question...I had a peach cobbler at a restaurant and it had this sugar crystal hardened thing on top of the crust...I need that in my life lol...would u have any idea on how to make something like that?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Keith,

I had an aunt who would layer dough then pour spiced peaches on top. She'd bake this until the crust browned, then she would pour more spiced peaches on top, then another layer of dough, then bake that till brown, then pour on more fruit, and so on. It would create soft dough layers, with the taste of browned crust.

Whether to use sheets of dough, or use a lattice structure, or drop the dough in spoonfulls... each baker does it their own way. I think cooks should try all sorts of ways, just to see if they might like the dough of their cobblers in a way that is different from what they're accustomed to.

Thanks for writing!

Buster


keith 6 years ago

Cool recipe. My mom did a similar but different one. She made the crust by hand and used lard and cold water. But she didn't refrigerate the dough. Also, she rolled it out into long strips, but put them down as sheets to cover, not as a lattice. She used canned peaches mixed with sugar and nutmeg, and poured some of it in the pan. Then she'd put in a layer of dough to cover, then some more peaches, another layer of dough, etc., finishing up with a dough layer to cover the whole pan. Again, no lattice structure. The result was a pie with soft crust layers in the middle, and a crisp dark brown crust on top, with peaches layered in as well. Delicious! In my family, no one ever makes lattice structure deserts, and cobblers are all made like this. They're all from Palestine and Ft. Worth, TX. I never see cobblers like this outside certain cultures /families like mine, have you?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Sim0917,

The only substitute that I think (sort of) works is Splenda, which you use in place of sugar, and in the same proportions as the sugar called for in the recipe.

To be honest with you, I don't think anything is a substitute for sugar, in terms of taste. Splenda has an odd taste that reminds me of chemicals.

:-(

Anyhow, I hope the cobbler turns out for you!

Buster


sim0917 6 years ago

I am planning on making this peach cobbler for Thanksgiving. Can you please tell me what I can use instead of sugar? I have a few family members that do not eat sugar and I need a good substitute. I am very excited to make this dessert.


Mada 6 years ago

SO good :) Very worth it. Thanks!!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Jennifer,

Yes, same recipe different fruit.

:-)

I'm so pleased the cobbler was a hit -- thanks for taking the time to write.

Warm regards,

Buster


Jennifer 6 years ago

I made this cobbler a couple of weeks ago with peaches from my farmers market. Delish!!! I had never made one but my boyfriend thinks he is quite an expert on them. It's his favorite dessert. He said this was the best one the ever had. I am making it with apples today. Do I just use the same exact recipe?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Miss Britt,

Love the story of how you've come to the recipe, and good luck impressing your boyfriend. This cobbler just might do the trick!

Best regards,

Buster


miss britt 6 years ago

:D This recipe is just what i was looking for!!! Peach cobbler is my boyfriend's favorite, and i hope to impress him by baking the best cobbler he has ever had (and i have to compete against his amazing grandma) but i think the recipe will him over :) thanks a million!!!!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Mada,

Good luck with your cobbler!

All the best,

Buster


Mada Judd 6 years ago

I'm making mine tonight. I'm hopeful!!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Jessica,

You use four cups of peaches. Since peaches vary in size, I'm unable to say how many fresh peaches.

Here's the easiest way: get a measuring cup, and begin slicing your (already peeled) peaches into it. Once you have four cups, you're good to go.

:-)

Good luck!

Buster


Jessica 6 years ago

Hi! If I'm using fresh peaches, who many should I use?


Laura Courson 6 years ago

Thank you Buster for your explanation. I will do as you say!!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Laura,

Wellllll, because it's dessert.

A friend of mine always wonders why my cobblers taste better. She asks for "my secret" and I say: it's because you've believed that "the peaches are sweet enough as they are." This is true if you're eating them out-of-hand, but if they're in a dessert, well, you need to Make Dessert. And that means sugar. Yes, you can overdo it, but for this recipe -- using peaches you've put into the freezer -- following the directions will give you a fantastic-tasting cobbler.

:-)

Good luck! And thanks for writing --

Buster


Laura Courson 6 years ago

A "Linda" already asked this question about the additional one cup of sugar when you freeze it and the juice of one whole lemon. I don't understand why you still add another cup of sugar and more lemon juice when making the cobbler when you already have put in one cupy of sugar and the juice to the four cups of peaches. Please advise.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Carol,

Yes, this crust can be rolled out and simply laid on top of the peaches. Don't forget to slash a few holes in it for steam to escape (for a 9X13 pan: probably about 6 holes scattered evenly over the top).

Good luck with your cobbler!

Buster


Carol 6 years ago

Hello, I look forward to making your cobbler tomorrow for dessert. I know the lattice top makes a beautiful crust. However, can I just roll out the crust and use it as a top crust instead of a lattice top? Thank you and best regards,


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Leslie,

I think a 9X13 is a great size for this cobbler.

Thanks for writing --

Buster


Leslie 6 years ago

Hi Buster... I am just wondering what size baking dish you recommend using? Thanks!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Candace,

Corn starch can be tricky, but if you follow my recipe (mixing it with the sugar beforehand) you'll find it works great.

If you're using tapioca, then mix it with the sugar beforehand, and use the same amount as corn starch.

Good luck!

Buster


McMomOf3 6 years ago

This was a fabulous recipe! I added a touch more sugar since my peaches were not overly sweet, and it was very very good! I double the crust recipe since I also had a large container of blueberries to use. Just wrapped it up in the fridge and will be using the extra dough to bake the blueberry cobbler off today! Of course the peach cobbler is LONG gone! Thanks so much for this recipe - it is a definite keeper! Enjoy everyone!!


Candice75 6 years ago

Dear Buster,

I am currently in the process of making your cobbler recipe. I was wondering if you know how I can substitute tapioca for the corn starch in the recipe. I have never had a lot of success with corn starch. Thanks so much!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Ariana,

You can substitute margarine for the shortening/lard... or, you can simply increase the amount of butter that's called for.

Thanks for writing --

Buster


Ariana 6 years ago

This sounds great! The only thing is that I don't have lard OR shortening...is there anything I can use to substitute this? I can't wait to try it!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Barbie,

Thanks for letting me know about the cobbler -- serving it with peach ice cream is a fantastic idea!

All the best,

Buster


Barbie 6 years ago

Buster,

I followed your advise; I prepped the entire recipe and added the crust just prior to baking. The cobbler was a huge hit! Instead of vanilla ice cream, I served it with Peach ice cream. It was delicious! Thanks so much.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Patty,

I think it might make more sense to freeze those peaches from your neighbor. They will take up less room in your freezer, and when you're ready you can defrost them and make a cobbler whenever you're ready.

For freezing fresh peaches, here's my article:

http://hubpages.com/food/How-to-Freeze-Peaches

Good luck! Thanks so much for taking the time to write. (And aren't you lucky to have a neighbor who brings over already-prepared peaches.)

:-)

Buster


Patty 6 years ago

Hi Buster, I just found your page and this recipe sounds heavenly and can't wait to try it especially after reading all the rave reviews! Thank you for sharing!

I have a question for you: My neighbor (bless his heart) brought me a giantic bowl of already cut and peeled peaches from his orchard (probably about 10-12 cups worth). Can I make the cobbler then freeze it? I want to use the peaches before they go bad. Thanks for taking the time to help us all!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Barbie,

My concern is that the crust might become soggy from the juices of the fruit.

Here's a suggestion: make the crust dough, but don't roll it out. Make the fruit and put it into a 13X9 dish, cover with plastic wrap and put into the fridge. On the afternoon of your dinner party, you'll have everything ready to assemble and bake.

I love making this cobbler for dinner parties. I usually bake it in the middle of the afternoon, and have it on the counter when guests arrive. They love seeing a homemade dessert. I serve it at room temperature with ice cream, usually French vanilla.

Good luck!

Thanks so much for writing --

Buster


Barbie 6 years ago

Hi Buster,

I would like to make the cobbler the night before and bake the next evening for a dinner party, will that work?


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi GypsyWoman,

So glad you enjoyed the cobbler!

And yes, this crust recipe works great for double-crust pies. The proportion of peaches to blackberries you mentioned is exactly right. Follow all directions and... you're good to go.

:-)

Thanks so much for letting me know how your cobbler turned out!

Buster


GypsyWoman 6 years ago

Hi Buster:

I made this Cobbler and is was absolutely the BEST ever...still have lots of peaches left and want to make Peach Pie with blackberries...can I use the crust for the bottom and top and this filling receipe with 3 cups peaches and 1 cup blackberries? Or do you suggest another method/recipe? Thanks again


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Nita,

Sure, you can substitute cinnamon.

My parents "don't like nutmeg" but love my peach cobbler. When I told them there was nutmeg in it they were surprised. The amount should be *slight* -- enough to boost the flavor of the peaches, but it shouldn't taste of nutmeg. I know that might not make sense, but spices (ideally) should only enhance food.

Anyhow, to be clear, when I've made this cobbler and then realized (too late) that I didn't have nutmeg, I always use cinnamon with good results.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write!

Buster


Nita 6 years ago

My family isn't to keen on nutmeg, could i substitute cinnamon with good results? Thanking you in advance.


Pam 6 years ago

I'm sorry. I just now read the previous post about using a variety of fruits. I understand that you just substitute the blackberries for the peaches and use the same ingredients--sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and lemon juice/zest. Can't wait to give it a try!


Pam 6 years ago

Oh my word! This was amazing! Thank you for sharing and including your very detailed instructions. This is a keeper for sure. Would you happen to have a similar recipe using blackberries? Thanks again for this incredible recipe.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Lottie,

Absolutely!

I love this recipe with all sorts of fresh fruit. I've made it with blackberries, plums, Fuji apples, raspberries, and pears. You simply follow the recipe, and substitute the same amount of marionberries.

If you get a chance, let me know how it turns out for you.

Thanks so much for writing --

Buster


Lottie 6 years ago

Greetings!

Do you think this recipe will work if I substitute fresh Oregon Marionberries? I just picked them yesterday and I'm looking for a great cobbler recipe!

Thanks,

Lottie


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Rebecca,

So glad it turned out delicious for you.

:-)

Thanks for the helpful info -- and you're right, the size of the peaches would affect the translation to cups.

... I love plump cobbler.

;-)

Thanks for writing --

Buster


rebecca 6 years ago

it was sinfully delicious! thanks again! i have an answer for you, but of course, it depends on the size of the peaches. i think i used roughly 8 medium sized peaches..i suppose it depends on how "plump" you like your cobbler!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Rebecca,

I don't know how 4 cups would translate into actual peaches. The next time I make it I'll try to remember your question so I can include it in the recipe, okay? I suspect other people would like to know this as well.

Hope your peach cobbler turns out wonderfully!

Buster


rebecca 6 years ago

any idea how many peaches 4 cups is? thanks, by the way for the recipe..i am in the process of making it now and am way excited!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Tiffany,

So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for writing -- it makes my day when readers take the time to respond.

All the best,

Buster


Tiffany  6 years ago

I loved this peach cobbler recipe I made it for my husband and he ate after dinner and right before we went to sleep! Thank you soo much!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Linda,

Yes, I still add a cup of sugar when making this cobbler from peaches I've put up in the freezer.

Thanks so much for writing to me!

Buster


Linda 6 years ago

If I freeze peaches using your method and thus, the sugar, do I also add another cup of sugar when making the cobbler? No wonder people are raving!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Marilyn,

Excellent! It truly makes my day when someone takes the time to let me know how their cobblers turned out. Enjoy!

Buster


Marilyn 6 years ago

This is the best peach cobbler I have ever eaten! I can't believe I made it. It looks beautiful! I used peaches that I personally picked from a friends peach tree here in the Dallas area a few hours ago. I just took my cobbler out of the oven. Thank you for the recipe!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Anne,

My pleasure! Best of luck with the cobbler --

:-)

Buster


Anne 6 years ago

Thank you for responding so quickly! I came back to your site to get the recipe and write it down. I'm going to do a trial run and make your cobbler today. I can't believe you answered my questions within one day! Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. I'm sure my family will thank you later after they taste your recipe! If you have any other recipes posted somewhere, please let us know whereas I'd love to check them out!

Thanks so much again! You're just wonderful!

Anne (Los Angeles, CA)


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Anne,

Yes, you'll still want to use 5 cups of sugar. I know it sounds like a lot, but you're making a huge cobbler! Simply increase the amounts -- this cobbler recipe scales up easily.

Here's another idea: you could make several cobblers, rather than one huge one. Several cobblers would make sure that you have a good ratio of dough to fruit... something that might not (quite) happen if you make one huge one.

Cobblers are best the day they're made -- so plan to make your cobbler(s) for this crowd on the day you plan to serve them, okay? (Leftover cobbler is good... but unlike, say, cake, the taste/texture does go down fairly quickly.)

Thanks so much for writing --

Buster


Anne 6 years ago

I would love to make your recipe. However, I need to make a cobbler large enough for 40 people. I was thinking of making one in a large turkey pan and wanted your advice before I made the cobbler. If I end up using 20 cups of peaches, do I still need to add 5 full cups of sugar with the cornstarch to the peaches or do you suggest using a lessor amount? I'd hate to have a cobbler that was too sweet to eat (if such a thing is possible.) Please advise me and anyone else interested in how much sugar we should use for a larger than 4 cup cobbler. Thank you! By the way, your instructions are great!


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Catherine,

Though the peaches are discolored, they're still good to eat.

Try this: put the peaches, still frozen, into a pot and add the juice of one lemon. Heat it till you can feel the warmth when you put your finger into the peaches (be careful, of course!) Then use them in this recipe. Some of the discoloration will disappear, and I think you can salvage the fruit.

Good luck!

Buster


catherine 6 years ago

I BLEW IT. I DIDN'T PUT LEMON IN MY PEACHES BEFORE I FROZE THEM AND AS A RESULT HAVE DARK PEACHES. I HAVE SEVERAL BAGS AND I AM AFRAID IF I MAKE AS COBBLER NO ONE WILL EAT IT I HOPE I CAN SOMEWAY USE THESE AS I HAVE SEVERAL BAGS. ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS.


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Buster Bucks 6 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Dragonbear,

This recipe is really a keeper. Thanks for taking the time to write. If you care to, let me know how it turns out for you, okay?

Buster


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dragonbear 6 years ago from Essex UK

And this sounds like a dream! It's a Sunday lunch definite. I'll be trying it soon. Great recipe.


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Valerie,

Congratulations! The instructions are long, but not all that complicated. I'm so glad it turned out for you.

Thanks for taking the time to write --

Buster


Valerie  7 years ago

This is really the best cobbler i ever had! And I made it!!!!!


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Taylor,

Here's wishing you luck! Let me know how it turned out for your sister, okay?

Thanks for taking the time to write --

Buster


Taylor.C 7 years ago

Thanks Buster!!

Today is my older sister's birthday so i wanted to make her fav. dish * PEACH COBBLER* (i cant until that bad/boy is done myself)

i have came across many recipes .. but yours grab my attention...so wish me luck n keep up the good work..

Thanks alot

~Taylor


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Curly Q,

If you substitute canned peaches, you still follow the recipe exactly. Don't forget to drain your canned peaches, though.

Thanks for writing --

Buster


Curly Q 7 years ago

Buster,

I live in Mexico and we don't get any decent peaches here. If I substitute canned peaches do I need to add cornstarch to them? What other changes are needed?


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hello Joan,

I'm so pleased to hear your good news. Thank you for taking the time to tell me about your experiences. You've made my day!

Buster


Joan 7 years ago

Buster,

You are a life saver!! Once a year we are blessed with the best peaches we can get in the midwest, they come from Porter Oklahoma, and are heavenly. Of course I go a bit nuts and always buy them by the boxes, but my eyes are bigger than my stomach so I decided to freeze them since my canning jars are all full of garden goodies already this year. Your directions for freezing work like a charm... THEN I found your cobbler recipe. Oh My GOSH!!! I followed it to the T and I have to say even I can now make a heavenly cobbler... THANK YOU SO MUCH!

-Joan in SE Kansas


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Hi Cassie,

Sure, you can use really ripe peaches... and yes, they'll turn into a kind of "peach sauce" -- but, oh, what a sauce! Personally, I eat the ones that are super-ripe, and save the ones that still have some integrity for cobblers.

Either way, it's hard to beat this dessert for freshness and flavor.

Best of luck, okay?

Buster


Cassie 7 years ago

Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it.

Will really ripe peaches work?

I've been told that if peaches are too ripe, they won't hold up and they basically they'll disintegrate


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Buster Bucks 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

I use a Pyrex pan, 13" X 9". As to how many it serves... well, that depends on the appetites of your guests. I think you can feel comfortable (and provide very generous portions) for 12 people, though with a bit of ice cream, you could easily stretch it to serve 15 people.

Thanks to Jimmie and "shy" for reading, and for asking questions!

Buster


Jimmie Green 7 years ago

What size pan and how many does it serve?


shy 7 years ago

What size pan is recommended? thanks


tiffanie 7 years ago

For those of you who don't know that u can use peaches from a can, you can! :)

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