How to Ruin a Peach Cobbler
Avoid the five biggest mistakes you might be making with this summertime dessert.
The whole point of a peach cobbler is that it's easy to make. It's essentially just baked fruit with a pastry or biscuit topping. It doesn't require the perfection of a pie—there's no crust to fool with—and it's meant to be thrown together in a hurry, assuming you have too many peaches and not enough time to eat them. But no matter what recipe you go with (we've even listed a few of our favorites below), it's easy to ruin a good peach cobbler if you put your mind to it. Beware of these common cobbler mistakes and you'll be just fine.
Mistake: Choosing unripe peaches
Some things shouldn't be rushed, and a peach cobbler is one of them. If you don't have ripe, juicy peaches, wait until you can find them – or just let yours ripen in a windowsill.
Mistake: Cheating with canned peaches
If you live in the South and it's middle of summer, there's just no excuse for using canned peaches instead of fresh ones.
Mistake: Overdoing it with sugar
A good cobbler should get most of its sweetness from the fruit, not the filling. You don't need to kill the dish with sugar, so avoid recipes that call for half a cup or more. If it's not quite sweet enough for your taste, you can always add a scoop of ice cream to the rest.
Mistake: Using too much batter
You don't need to cover the peaches completely with batter. Nobody wants a cobbler that's too bready.
Mistake: Serving too soon
We know, it's hard to resist slicing into your peach creation the minute it comes out of the oven. Again, patience. You need to let the cobbler cool and let the syrup thicken. It'll be worth the wait.