Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler + Black History Month Virtual Potluck

Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler + Black History Month Virtual Potluck

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. I set out to recreate it from memory and hopefully honor her in my own little way. 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 is the deciding factor! An egg wash tops my lattice crust which, like Aunt Georgia’s, gets a little lost in the ooey gooey peach filling.

Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler is an ooey-gooey Southern classic dessert passed down through four generations of black girl magic!

This was her signature dish. You know, the one people requested she make for every gathering or cookout. Whether it’s potato salad, 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 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. 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 via my dear old dad. So in addition to this cobbler and other Southern classics from my mom’s side, I have some dishes from my dad’s side coming up this month as well so stay tuned!

Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler is an ooey-gooey Southern classic dessert passed down through four generations of black girl magic!

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. Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz

P.S. On an extremely exciting note, Aunt Georgia’s peach cobbler is my “contribution” to a 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 after the recipe.


Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler is an ooey-gooey Southern classic dessert passed down through generations.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: diaspora recipe, soul food peach cobbler, southern dessert, southern-style peach cobbler
Servings: 9 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds peaches peeled and sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter cut into cubes
  • 1 1/4 cup plus 3 teaspoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 beaten egg
Instructions
Crust
  1. Mix 1 1/4 cup flour with sea salt in a large bowl. Add cold butter and work together with hands until a coarse meal forms. Add cold water and continue working until the dough melds together. Shape into a square, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
Filling
  1. While dough chills, mix peaches, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and remaining flour in a large bowl. Add lemon juice and mix well.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add in filling mixture. Cook until bubbly and thickened, stirring as necessary.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour filling into a square (I used 8in X 8in) baking pan. Set aside.
  4. Roll out dough and cut into 8 one-inch strips. Lay over top of filling in a lattice or criss-cross pattern. Brush with beaten egg then sprinkle with white sugar.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden. Allow to cool and set for at least another 45 minutes then serve.

Black History Virtual Potluck Menu

Crispy Fried Chicken with Pepper Jelly Molasses by Meiko and the Dish

Caramelized Plantain Tacos with Pecan-Honey Butter by Raised on Ramen

Twice Baked Yams by Foodie in New York

Jamaican Sorrel/Senegalese Bissap by The Seasoning Bottle

Smothered Okra with Shrimp by Chef Kenneth

Po’ Boys with Cajun Tempura Shrimp by Savory Spicerack

Groundnut Stew (Peanut Stew) by Chocolate for Basil

Banana Pudding by Simply LaKita

Callaloo and Saltfish by My Forking Life

Swamp Water by Gucci Belly

Ukwaju (Tamarind) Marinated Spicy Chicken Thighs by Kaluhi’s Kitchen

Coffee-Rubbed Lamb Ribs by Sweet Savant

Southern Greens Shakshuka by Salty Sweet Life

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat.Drink.Frolic

Southern Fried Cabbage by I Heart Recipes

Mango Turmeric Smoothie by Jehan Can Cook

Lemon Pepper Fish Tacos with Collard Green Slaw by Margaritas On The Rocks

Slow-Cooker Gumbo (Gluten Free) by A Soulful Twist

Coconut Milk Braised Collard Greens by The Kitchenista Diaries

Orange Chocolate Smoothie by My Life Runs on Food

Skillet Cornbread by Butter Be Ready

Shrimp Creole by Domestic Dee

Curry Chicken Pot Pie by D.M.R. Fine Foods

Lamb Fried Rice by The Inner Gourmet

Hoppin’ John Patties with Warm Tomato Salsa by Marisa Moore Nutrition

Blood Orange Cornmeal Cake by The Hungry Hutch

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Aunt Georgia's Peach Cobbler is an ooey-gooey Southern classic dessert passed down through four generations of black girl magic. Recipe by Dash of Jazz


13 thoughts on “Aunt Georgia’s Peach Cobbler + Black History Month Virtual Potluck”

  • This looks amazing! I love recreating family recipes; I think the idea of recipes being passed down from one generation to another is so lovely. The Virtual Potluck sounds fun, I’m going to check out some of the other recipes too.

  • Yum yum yum!! I LOVE peach cobbler, and that heart you added is absolutely adorable. I also love that you included your grandmother in the post. It’s so fun to hear about the people who have shaped lives.

  • It looks really good and I’m sure it’s very tasty and it’s nice you did this in honor of grandmother. But for black history month, why not cook a dish that was invented by blacks in the south like black eyed peas, fried okra or greens instead of peach cobbler which was invented by southern white folks of English descent? It would make more sense. But anyway, it looks great and I think the heart on it was a nice touch.

    • Hi, Rob. Thanks for your comment! This recipe was part of a collection of submissions by black food bloggers, which actually includes dishes like black-eyed peas, okra, and greens. 🙂 I encourage you to click through and check them out. The collection features distinct dishes and I chose peach cobbler because I have experience with it, it’s part of my family’s history, and is a way to share my Great Great Aunt Georgia’s legacy with readers. As I’m sure you know, the black experience isn’t homogenous and part of the beauty of it is that we each bring something unique to the table–both literally and figuratively!

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