This is the guide to How to Make Peach Cobbler with Ready-Made Pie Crust, a delectable, quick, and healthy way to make a classic dessert. Imagine sinking your teeth into a slice of buttery, lattice-topped peach cobbler, bursting with juicy peaches and infused with a hint of aromatic spices. Our easy peach cobbler recipe teaches you how to make a quick holiday treat or classic summer dessert.
In fact, we love to make peach cobbler at any time of the year! We prefer using Trader Joe's premade pie crust and peaches in a jar for convenience without compromising on taste or wellness. The ingredient list is far better than the conventional brands you may have used in the past that carry undesirable ingredients. Canned peaches are notorious for having corn syrup along with other artificial ingredients that are highly processed. Premade pie dough can also contain conditioners, preservatives, and GMOs that can have a deleterious effect on health. That is why minding the ingredients is so important!
As a holistic nutrition specialist, I love reinventing my favorite recipes, like this southern peach cobbler recipe, by swapping conventional ingredients for healthier alternatives. Our version features coconut sugar instead of white sugar, Ceylon cinnamon, and nutmeg, enhancing the natural flavors of the juicy peach filling while adding a nutritious boost to this beloved treat.
This homemade peach cobbler recipe, with its buttery pie crust and delicious peach cobbler filling, is a testament to how easy and fulfilling clean eating can be. It's a staple at Thanksgiving dinner, beloved for its simplicity and quick preparation time, saving you the hassle of making your own dough.
Don't like peach pie? You can use this recipe to make any fruit cobbler. Simply swap the fruit filling. Don't like store-bought dough? You can easily swap it with a homemade pie crust. We recommend using coconut flour or cassava flour. You can even use fresh peaches instead of the jarred version. This easy recipe is totally customizable.
Before you dive into creating this peach cobbler, we recommend setting intentions. This mindful practice not only elevates your cooking experience but also enriches the flavors of your dish. Interested in learning more? Check out our article on intentions and affirmations for a deeper insight into this transformative practice.
Peaches in Juice: We choose Trader Joe's Yellow Cling Peach Halves for their natural sweetness in our delicious recipe. We then quartered the peaches further to create the perfect pie filling. Opt for peaches in juice, not syrup, to capture their natural flavors. Be sure to check the ingredients and avoid corn syrup.
Ghee: Adding a rich, nutty flavor, ghee enhances the overall taste of the cobbler. Select organic, grass-fed ghee for its quality fat content, contributing to a more flavorful experience.
Pure Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract introduces a warm, aromatic depth. Use pure extract for a more authentic and rich flavor in this best peach cobbler.
Nutmeg: This spice offers subtle, sweet warmth, elevating our easy cobbler. Freshly grated nutmeg brings the most potent flavor, enhancing your favorite kitchen creations. However, ground organic nutmeg works well too!
Ceylon Cinnamon: Chosen for its mild, sweet flavor, Ceylon cinnamon is less harsh than common varieties, perfect for the best peach cobbler. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties and helps control blood sugar levels!
Grass-Fed Butter (Unsalted): Unsalted, grass-fed butter is used for its superior taste and health benefits, adding a creamy richness to the storebought pie crust.
Coconut Sugar: A healthier swap for white sugar, coconut sugar adds a caramel-like sweetness. Its low glycemic index makes it a great choice for a balanced recipe.
Organic Non-GMO Cornstarch: As a thickening agent for the pie filling, organic, non-GMO cornstarch ensures the right consistency for a clean and healthy dessert.
Premade Pie Crusts: Trader Joe's premade pie crusts are our choice for their minimal processing and quality. We love it for its melt-in-your-mouth butter crust feeling as well as the simple ingredients used. They provide a delicious and easy foundation for the cobbler, typically available at your local grocery store.
Each ingredient in this recipe is selected for its quality and contribution to a healthy, mindful lifestyle. Enjoy making this delightful dessert, knowing you're using the best ingredients for a wholesome culinary experience.
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For the Crust:
Begin by heating your oven to 350 degrees. Carefully unfold each pie crust. Apply a thin layer of ghee or butter to two of the crusts and arrange them at the bottom of your baking dish, slightly overlapping. You can roll out one crust for a consistent thickness, but using two overlapping pieces is also fine.
Crisp the bottom crust in the preheated oven until it turns a light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Then, remove and set aside.
Spread the remaining pie crusts on a lightly floured surface, such as parchment paper on a cutting board. Using a pizza cutter, slice them into strips about 1.5-2 inches wide and set them aside.
For the Filling:
In a large saucepan over medium heat, pour the drained peach juice. Meanwhile, chop the peaches to your preferred size and set them aside.
Gently heat the juice, gradually incorporating cornstarch while whisking to avoid lumps.
Add butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the saucepan. Whisk until everything is melted and the sauce reaches your desired thickness. If the sauce is too thin, incorporate more cornstarch.
Mix the chopped peaches into the sauce and then let the mixture cool in the fridge.
After cooling for about 20 minutes, pour the peach mixture into the crisped bottom crust.
Baking the Cobbler:
Arrange the pie crust strips in a lattice pattern over the top of the cobbler. If desired, add extra strips around the edge of the dish to form a border.
Brush the top crust with ghee and sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cobbler crust is golden brown.
Let the cobbler sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- For a simpler approach, forego the lattice top and cover the peach mixture with the remaining crusts. Ensure they slightly overlap the edge of the pie dish.
- Allowing the filling to cool helps in handling the pie crust strips more easily. Keeping the strips cold, possibly in the fridge, also aids in maintaining their shape when laying them over the top of the filling.
This process, while simple, ensures your peach cobbler is both visually appealing and delicious, with its golden brown, buttery crust and rich, flavorful filling. Enjoy crafting this classic dessert, perfect for any occasion!
Substitutions and Variations
Alternative Fruits: While peaches are the star of this recipe, you can easily adapt it to other fruits. Whether it's apple, cherry, or berry season, feel free to experiment with different fruit fillings to suit your taste or to make the most of what's in season.
Using Fresh Peaches: If you have access to ripe peaches, especially during peach season, they make a wonderful substitute for canned peaches. Simply slice the fresh peaches and use them directly in the recipe with added grape juice for the filling. The freshness of ripe peaches can elevate the flavor of your cobbler.
Keto-Friendly Version: For those following a keto diet, substitute the sugar with pure monk fruit sweetener. Keep in mind that monk fruit is highly concentrated; ⅔ teaspoon of pure monk fruit equals 1 cup of sugar. However, this ratio may vary between brands, so it's important to check the packaging before adjusting measurements. To complement the low-carb filling, consider making your own pie crust using low-carb flour like cassava or coconut flour. A homemade dough ensures that your cobbler remains keto-friendly.
Flat Top Variation: Instead of a lattice top, you can opt for a flat top crust. Simply cover the top of the peaches with a single pie crust and make slits to allow steam to escape. This provides a simple solution for those who prefer a quicker, less intricate top for their cobbler.
Making Your Own Dough: For those who enjoy homemade touches, preparing your own pie crust recipe can be a rewarding experience. Use a large mixing bowl, your choice of flour, and a pastry blender to craft a crust that matches your dietary preferences and adds a personal touch to your cobbler.
Additional Tips: If using a homemade crust, applying an egg wash before baking can give the crust a beautiful golden sheen. If you prefer a sweeter crust, a sprinkle of brown sugar over the egg wash can add a delightful crunch and caramelized flavor.
For crafting this delightful peach cobbler, having the right equipment on hand will make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Here's a list of the essential tools you'll need:
- Pastry Brush: An indispensable tool for applying ghee or an egg wash to the crust, ensuring a beautiful golden finish on your cobbler.
- Cutting Board: A sturdy cutting board is essential, especially when slicing peaches or preparing the pie crust strips. If you're using fresh peaches, a sharp knife on a stable cutting board makes quick work of cutting them to the desired size.
- Pizza Cutter: This makes slicing your pie crust into strips for the lattice top quick and easy. A pizza cutter ensures clean, even cut for a neat lattice pattern.
- Medium Saucepan: Essential for preparing the peach filling. You'll use it to combine the peaches, spices, and thickeners to create the perfect pie filling.
- Whisk: A whisk is necessary for smoothly integrating the cornstarch and other ingredients into the filling, ensuring there are no lumps.
- Baking Pan: If you choose to make a flat-top cobbler, a baking pan is an ideal alternative to a casserole dish. It allows for even baking and easy serving.
- Rolling Pin: For those opting to make their own pie crust or flatten store-bought crusts for uniform thickness, a rolling pin is a must-have.
Each of these tools plays a critical role in the preparation of your peach cobbler, ensuring that each step of the process, from preparing the crust to baking the final product, is executed flawlessly. With these tools at your disposal, you're well on your way to creating a delicious, homemade peach cobbler.
Proper storage is key to maintaining the freshness and flavor of your peach cobbler. Here are some effective ways to store your cobbler, ensuring it stays delicious for as long as possible:
- Airtight Container: The best way to store leftover cobbler is in an airtight container. This method helps to retain the moisture and flavor of the cobbler, preventing it from drying out. Place the cobbler in the container and seal it tightly before storing it in the refrigerator.
- Alternative to Airtight Container: If an airtight container isn't available, you can use beeswax wrap as a sustainable alternative to traditional plastic wrap. Beeswax wrap is reusable and provides a good seal to keep your cobbler fresh. Simply wrap the cobbler or cover the dish with beeswax wrap, pressing gently to create a seal around the edges.
For the best results when handling pie crust, it's crucial to defrost it and carefully unroll it once it reaches room temperature. However, remember to place the flattened dough back in the refrigerator, as chilled dough is much easier to manage. If the dough breaks apart during handling, don't worry. Simply knead the pieces back together and use a rolling pin to flatten them before shaping them for the top, bottom, or lattice of your cobbler. This expert tip ensures your pie crust will be perfect every time, whether for a simple bottom crust or an intricate lattice top.
Cobbler dough and pie crust are not exactly the same. While pie crust is typically a flaky pastry made from flour, fat (like butter or shortening), water, and salt, cobbler dough can be more biscuit-like, often using ingredients like baking powder for a more cakey, less flaky texture. However, for ease and convenience, many cobbler recipes, like ours, use pie crust for a delightful, flaky topping.
Absolutely! Ready-to-use pie crusts are designed for convenience and can be baked according to recipe instructions. For our peach cobbler, we bake the pie crust to a light golden brown before adding the filling, which not only saves time but also ensures a delicious, crispy base for your cobbler.
To prevent a soggy crust in a peach cobbler, there are a couple of key steps. First, bake the bottom crust slightly before adding the filling to create a barrier. This pre-baking step helps the crust maintain its integrity against the moist filling. Second, make sure your peach filling is not overly liquid; if using canned peaches, draining the excess juice is crucial. Lastly, allowing the cobbler to cool for a bit after baking helps the filling set and reduces sogginess.
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Easy Peach Cobbler with Ready-Made Pie Crust
- 25-30 oz peaches in juice we used Trader Joe’s yellow cling peach halves and quartered the peaches
- ½ tb ghee or butter
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1.5 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 4 TB grass-fed butter unsalted
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch plus more if needed
- 4 premade pie crusts 2 boxes, each box comes with two. We used Trader Joe’s pie crusts
For the crust:
- *1. Preheat oven to 350. Carefully unroll each pie crust. Butter 2 of the pie crusts with a light layer of ghee or butter and lay them flat at the bottom of your baking dish, slightly overlapping. (If you roll out one pie crust you can use just one and mold additional pieces for an even consistency, however it is ok to use the full two pieces overlapping also)
- *2. Place crust in the oven to crisp gently to a light golden brown for 10 minutes. Set aside.
- *3. Lay the other two pie crusts flat on parchment paper on top of a cutting board. cut into 1.5-2-inch thick strips with a pizza cutter and set aside.
For the filling:
- *1. Drain the peach juice into a medium pot that has been heated to medium heat. Set the peaches aside and cut them to your desired consistency.
- *2. Warm the juice and slowly begin stirring in cornstarch a little at a time, whisking until the lumps are blended in.
- *3. Add butter, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon and whisk together until melted and the desired thickness is achieved. Continue to add additional cornstarch if the sauce is too runny.
- *4. Add chopped peaches to the sauce and let cool in the fridge.
- *5. After 20 minutes, pour it all into the browned pie crust carefully.
Baking the cobbler:
- *1. Horizontally place the lattice strips and gently weave them together with alternate strips vertically over the top of the cobbler. Add an additional strip or two to create a border by slowly pinching it around the dish (Alternatively, you can place the pie crusts over the top without cutting into strips.)
- *2. Using a pastry brush, Butter the crust with ghee and Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg, and then bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
- Let sit for 30 minutes and enjoy!
Letting the filling cool will help keep the pie crusts easy to maneuver. Keeping the lattice strips in the fridge until ready will help keep them cool.
I hope you found this guide to making our Easy Peach Cobbler with Ready-Made Pie Crust both insightful and helpful. My goal was to share a recipe that not only tastes wonderful but also aligns with a mindful and healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions or need further tips, please don't hesitate to leave a comment below. I'm always here to help and love hearing from you!
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