Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler Is a Flavor Explosion

gluten free peach cobbler

A gluten free peach cobbler may change your dessert-making life. Peach cobbler is a thing where I grew up in the Deep South. A peach tree grew right outside our kitchen door, and in the early fall, we’d pick warm fuzzy fruit right off the branch to make cobbler. Now I live in Zone 5a, and there’s not a peach tree in a hundred miles. So when I make a cobbler, I use canned peaches, and I don’t care; it’s delicious.

And It’s a Cinch to Make

Requiring just a few ingredients and almost no technique, cobblers are a newbie baker’s best friend. Not only are they very forgiving, you can alter the ingredients to make just about anything into a cobbler. I like to mix in blackberries but to bake a true masterpiece, try peaches and blueberries. It’s an amazing combo that is visually stunning and tastes like a long summer afternoon.

Cobbler is essentially flour, milk, sugar, butter, and fruit. Which fruit is entirely up to you. Using seasonal berries and stone fruit is a smart choice. And once you master this simple recipe (or print it out and tape it to the inside of your kitchen cabinets like I did), you can make any kind of cobbler at the drop of a hat.

But Wait, Can’t We Elevate Our Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler?

Oh yes, we can. Peaches have an interesting flavor profile. The Seattle Times listed flavor attributes for peaches that open up a giant pantry of flavor combos. Besides blackberries and blueberries, peaches pair very nicely with tree nuts, other stone fruits like plums and citrus. But some combos are wackadoodle: cinnamon basil, Mexican tarragon, and ginger—also vanilla, caramel, Grand Marnier, and Bourbon. I want them all, but that might be weird. Still, I can’t just NOT put something into this cobbler.

A Quick Visual Guide for the Pros!

get ingredients together
Get your ingredients ready — peaches, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, and 1 stick of melted butter.
wisk dry ingrediences together
Stir the dry ingredients (except for lemon zest) in a mixing bowl.
place wet ingredients into dry
Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix lightly until combined.
place peaches in batter
Spread batter evenly into the baking dish and then distribute the peaches on top of the batter. Do Not stir!
pie ready to bake
Finally, sprinkle the lemon zest on top, place your pan into a 375-degree oven, and bake for about 40 minutes.
gluten free peach cobbler
Enjoy your peach cobbler with a side of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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gluten free peach cobbler

Gluten Free Peach Cobbler


  • Author: Bull Garlington
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 35-40
  • Total Time: 55-60
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

Gluten-free peach cobbler is easy and will form the foundation of your new life-long obsession with this vintage one-pan dessert.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 15oz cans of peaches with no added sugar; half the syrup reserved (approximately 1/2 cup of syrup)*
  • 1 stick of butter (8 T), melted
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour — we used Bob’s Red Mill, but look at these
  • 1/2 t Baking powder
  • 1/2 t Xanthan Gum (check your flour label; if it includes Xanthan then you don’t need to add it to this recipe)
  • 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • Grated zest of half a lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9-1/2 x 13-inch baking pan.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and Xanthan gum (if you are using it) together in a medium bowl.
  3. Add the milk, peach syrup, and Grand Marier and mix lightly.
  4. Add the melted butter (slightly cooled) and mix until just incorporated. 
  5. Pour batter into the buttered pan.
  6. Place the peaches evenly on top of the batter BUT DO NOT MIX THEM IN. Arrange the peach slices however you want but resist the urge to stir everything together. Sprinkle the lemon zest over peach slices.
  7. Bake until the batter rises slightly around the peaches and the crust is golden brown.
  • You can use fresh peaches or frozen peaches if you wish. You will need approximately 2 cups. See below for tips on peeling fresh peaches.

Notes

Alternates:

  • Substitute Bourbon or Kirtsch for the Grand Marnier
  • Add a SINGLE drop of vanilla
  • Drizzle with maple syrup
  • Pour caramel over the peaches before you bake
  • Add any other fruit
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: southern

Keywords: peach cobbler, southern, dessert, fruit dessert

How to Peel a Peach

three fresh peaches
Start with fresh peaches.
cross slicing peaches before boil
Cross score the peaches with a knife
peaches flash boiled
Flash boil the peaches for 3-4 minutes.
peeling cooked peaches
Let the peaches cool and start to peel back the skin starting at the crosscuts.

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