Ripe, juicy peaches are caramelized in butter and brown sugar then topped with a simple all-butter crust in the Soul Food recipe passed down through four generations.
This year, I thought I'd kick off Black History Month with a family heirloom: my Great Great Aunt Georgia's peach cobbler. The only problem is that we don't actually have a written record of her recipe! However, I spent many childhood days at Aunt Georgia's house in Southeast Houston observing her at work in the kitchen. I fondly remember watching her carefully place the lattice crust atop peach filling before placing her renowned peach cobbler in the oven to bake. Let's get into the magic!
I set out to recreate Aunt Georgia's delicious peach cobbler from memory and hopefully honor her in my own little way. This is Soul Food peach cobbler with fresh peaches so I replaced the canned cling peaches she typically used with fresh ones and couldn't help adding a cute little heart to the crust but otherwise, not much differs from the dessert that my siblings and I loved so much growing up.
My youngest brother loves this cobbler the absolute most so his seal of approval was the deciding factor! An egg wash tops my lattice crust which, like Aunt Georgia's, gets a little lost in the ooey gooey brown sugar peach filling. Let's get into the recipe and history.
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What You'll Need for this Recipe
Here's what you'll need for the filling.
Fresh Ripe Peaches are the star of my brown sugar peach cobbler filling. Grab the best juicy fresh peaches you can find as this southern cobbler recipe is best made when they're in season. BUT you can make peach cobbler outside of the summeritme season with the caramelizing step in this recipe!
Brown Sugar and Butter combine to add more sweetness and depth of flavor to peach cobbler filling and makes fresh peaches mimic the super soft texture of canned peaches while retaining the bright fresh flavor.
Flour and Lemon Juice help to thicken the filling and last but not least, the lemon juice balances out all the sweetness so that you don't get a sugar burnout.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, and step-by-step instructions!
All Butter Crust for Aunt Georgia's Cobbler
The key to a good butter crust for this peach cobbler recipe is cold ingredients, especially the butter. That gives your crust the best chance of being tender, flaky, and standing up to the delicious filling. Start by combining the butter, flour, sugar, and sea salt, then let your dough chill out in the fridge.
- Cold Butter
- Ice-Cold Water
- Sea Salt
- Beaten Egg
Before placing the prepped cobbler into the oven, brush a bit of beaten egg over the dough. This will help the crust get to a golden brown color. Finally, sprinkle a bit of sugar all over top and your soul food peach cobbler will come out looking professional with a capital P!
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And if you're making peach cobbler for Thanksgiving, grab my holiday dinner guide for all the tea on family recipes!
This was Aunt Georgia's signature dish. You know, the one people requested she make for every family gathering or cookout. Whether it's potato salad, sweet potato pie, or pound cake, every family has that person that can make a dish just right and nothing else will do. Peach cobbler was hers. Aunt Georgia came up during a time when the South was segregated and Black people didn't always have access to the best of the best when it came to ingredients and cooking tools.
This makes it even more amazing to me that she and the other women in my family were able to create such wonderfulness with food! It also fills me with gratitude and humbles me that I can do what I am doing today.
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I hope you'll try this recipe and love it. It's a family favorite and, since Aunt Georgia was my Great Grandma's (a little more about her here) sister, this is fourth generation #blackgirlmagic! If you're a regular reader here, you've probably gathered that I'm also Nigerian on my Daddy's side. So in addition to this classic peach cobbler recipe and other soul food classics from my mom's heritage, I have Nigerian recipes on deck. Stay tuned!
- Buttermilk Biscuits with Pear Compote (Vegan)
- Nigerian Jollof Rice
- Soul Food Bowls
- Roasted Suya Brussels Sprouts
How do you honor your family and cultural history? Let me know in the comments below and please share your thoughts if you try this recipe for yourself. And be sure to pin this recipe for later on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
P.S. On an extremely exciting note, Aunt Georgia's peach cobbler is my "contribution" to the first-ever Black History Month Virtual Potluck with 27 other amazingly talented black food bloggers! Everyone is sharing their best recipes and those included span regions and continents. Check out all of the yummy creations right on Eat the Culture!
How to Make Fresh Peach Cobbler from Scratch
Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler
For the peach cobbler filling
- 3 pounds peaches peeled and sliced
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons flour
- juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
For the all-butter cobbler crust
- 1 ¼ cup flour
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon ice cold water
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
For the crust
- Whisk together 1 ¼ cup flour with sea salt in a large bowl. Add in cold butter and work ingredients together with your hands until a coarse, sandy looking meal forms.
- Add cold water to mixture and continue working and pressing it until the dough melds together. Don't overwork the dough so as to not add too much heat to it.
- Shape dough into a flattened square, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- While the dough chills, combine sliced peaches, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour in a large bowl and mix until peaches are well coated. Mix in lemon juice.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the filling mixture to the pan. Cook until bubbly and thickened, stirring as necessary (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour prepared filling into a square 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Set aside.
- Roll out the chilled dough to about ¼ inch thickness and cut into 8 one-inch strips. Lay the strips over top of peach filling in a lattice or criss-cross pattern.
- Brush the dough with beaten egg then sprinkle with granulated sugar.
- Bake cobbler for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden. Allow it to cool and set for at least another 45 minutes then serve.