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Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach CobblerThis Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler is so incredibly delicious and flavorful that you will want to go back for seconds and thirds until it is either all gone or your belly is begging for mercy. The peaches absolutely shine in this heritage recipe. Run, don’t walk, to the closest farmer’s market or store and pick up the juiciest American peaches you can find and make this tonight.

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach CobblerThis recipe is Jean Jennings family recipe that Nancy Baggett included in her 2005 compilation, “The All-American Dessert Book.” Nancy travelled across the USA, collecting heritage recipes from each region (lucky!), and this Peach Cobbler is from Mountain View, Arkansas.

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach CobblerHonestly Nancy says it best, “A single bite of [Jean’s] peach cobbler convinced me that her local fame was more than deserved. The pastry dough is unbelievably rich and tender, and the filling tastes sublime. The cobbler is soupier than most I’ve eaten, but it seems right that way.” Strangely it does seem right and I would miss the rich juice surrounding the peaches.

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler

As I take my last bite of my third bowl today, all I can do is close my eyes and savor the flavors. Move over pie: this Peach Cobbler really is a piece of tasty American heritage.

 

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler

This Old Fashioned Ozark Peach Cobbler is so incredibly delicious and flavorful that you will want to go back for seconds and thirds until it is either all gone or your belly is begging for mercy.

Ingredients

    For the Filling:
  • 9 ½ cups peeled, pitted, and coarsely sliced large ripe peaches (~4 ½ pounds)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • For the Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13 tablespoons butter flavored or solid-white shortening, cut into chunks (I used butter, because apparently I was moderately illiterate this morning but it still tasted amazing)
  • ½ cups cold water, combined with 2 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar for sprinkling over dough

Instructions

    To make the Filling:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large saucepan, gently stir together the peaches, water and sugar. Add butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then turn it down to medium. Stir occasionally. Simmer until the peaches start to release their juices, about 4 minutes. Or longer if you start reading something else and lose track of time. It’ll still tastes just as good! Pour into baking dish (9 ½ x 13 ½ inches)
  3. To make the dough:
  4. Stir together flour and salt. Add the shortening. Using a pastry blender or fork, cut the shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
  5. Measure out 7 tablespoons of ice water and sprinkle over the mixture. Blend lightly with a fork until the dough holds together. If it is at all dry, then add more water. The dough should hold together when pressed between your fingertips.
  6. Turn out pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead until the dough holds together and is very smooth.
  7. Shape the dough into a log and roll out until it will hang over the edge of your 9 ½ -by-13 ½ inch pan. Trim the edges until it will only hang over by ½ inch. Roll pieces of the cut-off dough into small balls and drop into the peach filling. Stir to mix. This will act as a natural thickener: a trick that Jean’s Mother taught her.
  8. Center the dough on the dish and fold edges and “tuck it neatly into place”. Cut slits with a greased paring knife. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the pastry.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes in pre-heated oven. Reduce heat to 375°. Continue baking 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until the top is nicely browned and the filling is bubbly. Transfer to wire rack. Let cool at least 20 minutes, ideally longer, before serving.
  10. Get really, really excited! It’s going to be mind-blowingly delicious!

Notes:

If you are having a bad day and your dough is being uncooperative or you want to save a little time, then tear off pieces of the dough and flatten them into small circles. Gently place them over the top of your peach filling. They will taste just as good – promise. I halved the original recipe for the photos shown.

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2013/06/old-fashioned-ozark-peach-cobbler/

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8 Comments

  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    June 19, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Mmmmmm!! That looks super delish! Traveling across country and collecting heritage recipes sounds like so much fun. I can only dream of doing that some day. The post totally made me crave some.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      June 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Doesn’t that sound like the best job ever?!I wanted to make more as soon as the last serving was gone, but I must resist!

      Reply
  • Liz
    June 19, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I’m so glad you led me to yours! We adore peach desserts and can’t wait till I find some Indiana peaches at our farmers’ market. I will put your cobbler on my baking list…and my family will be thrilled!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      June 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Let me know how it compares to others you’ve tried!

      Reply
  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    June 20, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Peach cobbler – I haven’t made it in eons! You’re reminding me to get some peaches and get down to work!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      June 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

      At least it is super easy to throw together expecially if you don’t roll out the dough!

      Reply
  • Lisa A Langston
    May 26, 2019 at 8:56 am

    I just bought the All American Desserts cookbook! You convinced me to buy it with your photos of beautiful desserts! Have you made a lot of recipes from this book? I LOVE your blog!!!!

    Reply
    • Lindsey
      June 14, 2019 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Lisa! I’ve made several and they are all fantastic though this cobbler wins all the prizes! Let me know if you try something else that you LOVE!

      Reply

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