A Southern Classic - Peach Cobbler - So Easy a Child Can Make It

| 7/2/2012 12:21:00 PM

Tags: Peach Cobbler, fruit, summer food, child's recipe, Janann Giles,

It’s so easy a child can make it – Peach cobbler.  Living in Georgia, the Peach State, we eat a lot of peach cobbler. Peach Cobbler in Georgia is like Key Lime Pie in Florida – every restaurant says they have “the best.”  You probably have a favorite recipe yourself and I’m sure it’s great.  In fact feel free to bring it by and after several helpings I’m sure I’ll confirm your cobbler is the best one I ever ate that day.  

Peach Cobbler CookedCobblers are one of those food items I just assumed have been made forever, but thinking about it there had to be a first time.  Just like oysters, snails and truffles someone had to be the first.  I love the internet.  Within minutes of pondering where peach cobbler came from I had several “accurate histories” at my fingertips.   From the short and concise to the lengthy and detailed I have read more about peach cobbler than I ever wanted to know.  In a nutshell; when cobblers came to America they were not filled with fruit but most likely came stuffed with various meats.  At some point fruit became the focal point.  All you need to know about cobblers and it’s a great trivia fact too, is that to be classified as a cobbler the dish has to have a bottom layer of fruit covered with some type of pastry. 

Easy peasy; fruit on the bottom, pastry on the top.  You’re probably ahead of me on this thought: it’s the pastry that makes all the cobblers so different.  I have enjoyed cobblers topped with pie crusts, batters, and even dropped biscuits.  It didn’t seem to matter if the crust covered the entire dish or was dropped in blobs on the top I can’t think of a peach cobbler I didn’t enjoy.

Purists will argue that fresh, ripe juicy fruit works best but I would venture to say most cobblers around here use canned fruit.  As an experiment; ok it was not an experiment it was an act of desperation because the peaches I bought were too hard, I used both methods.  I combined fresh sliced peaches and a can of peaches. Yes, most people would also peel the peaches but I enjoy the texture of the skin. 

My current favorite recipe for Peach Cobbler is this one –

So Easy That a Child Can Make It Cobbler 

8/12/2014 11:00:31 AM

My 6 year old granddaughter made this peach cobbler almost "all by herself". Fun & good food all wrapped up in an afternoon! Thanks so much!

7/16/2014 7:16:16 AM

So fruit on bottom pastry on top, or can one also drop fruit on top, as it states above "drop peaches on top"? also - can one do a meat dish with the pastry on top like a shepherd's or would this be the same thing as a shepherd's pie? Thank you pie

7/21/2012 12:46:59 AM

Janann, congrats on being a featured GRIT blogger in the GRIT Country digital issue that come out between the regular issues of GRIT magazine.

7/3/2012 6:22:38 PM

Janann, you made me belly laugh. Yes yes you can say "So Easy Even Nebraska Dave Can Make It".

Janann Giles
7/3/2012 2:56:36 PM

Dave - do I need to change the recipe's name to "So Easy Even Nebraska Dave Can Make It"

7/3/2012 12:58:54 AM

Janann, even though I like peaches, I'd have to say the apple would be my favorite. I like just about anything apple. Cobbler, pie, crumb cake, or even straight up, it's all good. In fact my motto, is "I work for apple pie". It can even be a purchased one. Of course, my Mom made the best apple pie. As for me, I'm not such a good baker. My daughter is the baker in the family. Cherry is probably my next best fruit for cobbler or pie. Have a great peach cobbler day.

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