Silver Palate Cookbook Peach Cobbler Recipe: Fresh & Homemade

Posted on: July 22, 2015   |   Posted in: Recipes


“I dream about one … real … peach.”
~ Shel Silverstein

It’s peach season, and at Wickwood we often begin the day with JUST PEACHY PEACHES. Sliced peaches tossed with loads of blueberries, sweetened with fresh lemon juice and a little light brown sugar to taste. Always at room temperature after slicing, never refrigerated.


The Silver Palate Cookbook’s Peach Cobbler
Serves 4-6

“I remember his showing me how to eat a peach by building a little white mountain of sugar and then dipping the peach into it.”
~ Mary McCarthy

A favorite from The Silver Palate Cookbook … Peach Cobbler is the perfect sweet to cozy up to after a day on the beach. You can use yellow or white peaches for this dish, or a combination. The almond extract heightens the flavor or either.


4 cups peeled and sliced ripe peaches
2/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
3 to 4 tablespoons peach brandy or peach cordial


  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. Arrange the peaches in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the 2/3 cup sugar, the lemon zest and juice, and the almond extract.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While the peaches are baking, sift the flour, 1 tablespoon of the remaining sugar, the baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Combine the beaten egg and milk and mix into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Remove the peaches from the oven and quickly drop the dough by large spoonfuls over the surface. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Return to the oven until the top is firm and golden brown, 15 t0 20 minutes.
  6. Whip the cream to soft peaks. Flavor with the peach brandy to taste.
  7. Serve the cobbler warm, accompanied by the whipped cream.


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