Fourth of July

Cornmeal Peach Cobbler

July  9, 2013
Author Notes

Ever since I first made this a few years ago, my sister has requested it roughly every time she sees me (which is pretty often, even though we live on opposite coasts). I'll only make it in the summer months, though, when ripe peaches are king. The combination of sweet, juicy peaches and light, crunchy cornmeal is a worthy one. —mollydunkncrumble

Test Kitchen Notes

Peaches, buttermilk and cornmeal come together to give this cobbler a buttery, rich peach flavor and a satisfying crunch that is sure to delight. Added bonus--the cobbler than be pulled together in under one hour with standard pantry ingredients. —rags

  • Serves 8
  • Peach Mixture
  • 3 pounds peaches, peeled, pitted, and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Cornmeal Biscuit Topping
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, plus extra for brushing
  • Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Place a 9-inch pie dish on top of a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet or jelly roll pan.
  2. Gently toss peaches and sugar together in a large bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. The peaches will release some juices and become syrupy.
  3. Drain peaches in a colander over a bowl and reserve 1/4 cup of the juice (you can throw out any remaining juice). In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the reserved peach juice, lemon juice, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon until smooth.
  4. Mix peaches and juice mixture together in a bowl, and then transfer to the prepared baking dish. Set aside.
  5. To make the biscuit topping, start by whisking together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  6. Add the cold, cubed butter and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the dry ingredients, working quickly, until the butter pieces are well incorporated and roughly the size of lentils.
  7. Add the heavy cream and use a rubber spatula to gently stir until the dough comes together, with no dry bits on the bottom of the bowl. If the dough seems too dry, add more cream by the tablespoon until it comes together. Try not to overwork the dough.
  8. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to divide the dough into 8 rounds, placing them atop the peaches in a circle and leaving a bit of room between each round (the dough will expand in the oven). Brush the tops of each biscuit with some heavy cream, and generously sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  9. Bake the cobbler for about 35 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the biscuits are deeply golden brown. Allow to cool slightly. Serve warm, with a splash of cream or maybe a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

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