This recipe was inspired by one from Renee Erickson's in cookbook, 'A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus.' It's a lot crispier than a regular cobbler, and you can use the technique for other fruit cobblers. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Batter:
Glaze:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place a baking sheet on the rack under the middle rack to catch drips. Generously butter a 2-inch deep (2-quart) baking dish.

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  • Place peach sections into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with lemon juice and zest.

  • Stir butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Mix until creamed and resembles a sugary, buttery paste, 4 to 5 minutes. Add oats and flour; stir until flour and oats are incorporated into the butter-sugar mixture and mixture resembles coarse crumbs, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour in milk; stir until mixture is wet and creamy, like a thick spreadable batter, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Drop batter by spoonful on top of the peaches. Spread batter evenly over the surface of the peaches. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar on the batter. Spritz with water until sugar is wet and surface glistens.

  • Bake in preheated oven on middle rack until browned and crispy, about 45 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

Chef's Note:

To make your own self-rising flour, whisk 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon fine salt together in a bowl.

If you don't have a water spritzer, you can use a pastry brush to moisten the sugar topping.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 62.3g 20% DV; fat 12.6g 19% DV; cholesterol 32.5mg 11% DV; sodium 278.6mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2018
This is the best recipe that I have made for a Cobbler. First, I used the Quick oats and they blended-mixed well with the flour-butter mixture. Second, I would find a way to take off the peach skins or chop up the peaches in smaller pieces. I used fresh Georgia peaches. Third, I did not use any lemon juice or zest and the peaches had a strong enough peach taste for us. Fourth, I did not use the glaze, which I think would make the dish even better, but the sweetness was enough for us as we are cutting back on sweets. Fifth, the dough top was fluffy and cooked through as I used bread flour and added some baking powder as I did not have any All purpose flour on hand. Yes, I will be baking this one again, might even add or change to some other fruit! I baked it again today and it was FABULOUS! Nice and crispy on top and not too sweet. The only change was I used brown sugar instead of white in the dough and added a bit of extra oatmeal over the top of the dough. It was served warm, room temperature, after I rested it and then I put real Whipped Cream on top! The best ever. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2017
I made this word for word including the self rising flour not at the bottom of the recipe, even the tedious 3 long sessions of mixing. The amount of sugar on top was too much. The major reason I deducted stars was the batter did not fully cook. it was a runny, fizzy mess underneath the beautiful crisp top. Perhaps this recipe would be better in a 9x13 pan so the batter would be more spread out. Read More
(14)
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  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2018
This is the best recipe that I have made for a Cobbler. First, I used the Quick oats and they blended-mixed well with the flour-butter mixture. Second, I would find a way to take off the peach skins or chop up the peaches in smaller pieces. I used fresh Georgia peaches. Third, I did not use any lemon juice or zest and the peaches had a strong enough peach taste for us. Fourth, I did not use the glaze, which I think would make the dish even better, but the sweetness was enough for us as we are cutting back on sweets. Fifth, the dough top was fluffy and cooked through as I used bread flour and added some baking powder as I did not have any All purpose flour on hand. Yes, I will be baking this one again, might even add or change to some other fruit! I baked it again today and it was FABULOUS! Nice and crispy on top and not too sweet. The only change was I used brown sugar instead of white in the dough and added a bit of extra oatmeal over the top of the dough. It was served warm, room temperature, after I rested it and then I put real Whipped Cream on top! The best ever. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2017
I followed the instructions word for word as I do the first time that I try a recipe and when it came out of the oven my wife couldn't keep her hands off of it! The next time that I make it I'll put a vanilla bean into the peaches and that should really take it over the top! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2017
I made this for my 4th of July party and I added extra blueberries I had on hand. I did toss my fruit with a few tablespoons of sugar and one tablespoon of flour unlike Chef John, but I think it would've been great either way. The top was crispy as promised (thanks to the sugar trick) and the cobbler was gone in minutes. I will be making this for many summers to come. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2017
I made this word for word including the self rising flour not at the bottom of the recipe, even the tedious 3 long sessions of mixing. The amount of sugar on top was too much. The major reason I deducted stars was the batter did not fully cook. it was a runny, fizzy mess underneath the beautiful crisp top. Perhaps this recipe would be better in a 9x13 pan so the batter would be more spread out. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2017
I baked this in a deep cast iron skillet on the BBQ because I didn't want to heat up the house. it was delicious! The only change I made from the recipe was I left out the lemon zest because I didn't have any. It was still very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2017
I have made this twice and both times it turned out great. I made it with peaches the first time and nectarines the second time. I am amazed at how the oats are not perceivable visually but the flavour is enhanced so much. They should not be left out. The cooking time was perfect. My topping cooked perfectly and was not soggy or gooey. I have made a lot of cobblers but this is the one that will be my go-to from now on. Perfect sweetness and texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2018
This was the BEST cobbler crust I have ever made. My dinner guests think Chef John is a genius! I just made the recipe - I didn't watch the video. It helped to have the time guidelines for creaming the butter and sugar, adding the flour and oats, and finally adding the milk - I would never have beaten them each long at each stage, and it really did the trick. I used fresh peaches and cut them up in dice-size pieces for small-child-size bites, and they did not overcook at all. I also liked sprinkling the sugar on top and misting it - I didn't even make the additional glaze for the top because it didn't need it. I can't wait to experiment with different fruit combinations that have this awesome top. I forgot to take a photo - next time for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2019
This is Absolutely delicious ! I actually used 2 large cans of peaches in heavy syrup and boiled them in their juice with a half cup of sugar and some cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. I spooned them into the pan and followed the rest of the recipe as Chef John had it. Wonderful !! I’ve made it 3 times in the last 2 weeks so that should let you know just how much we loved it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/06/2017
I had such high hopes for this recipe. I have forever been in search of a really good cobbler recipe. I thought this would be the one. Nope. Watched the video (which was entertaining) and followed the recipe word for word. When it came out of the oven, it looked just like it did in the video. The top was indeed nice and crisp. I was so hopeful. When it was time to dig in, what a disappointment! The inside was runny and soggy. Although promised by Chef John that I would not notice the peach skins, I did. And, I did not enjoy chewing on them. It may be a matter of taste, but the lemon zest and juice overpowered the peaches and the crust was too sweet. My husband, who is not fussy, was not impressed. Guess I'm still in search of a good cobbler. Read More
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