BOURBON PEACH COBBLER

Today is National Cobbler Day.  To celebrate I made an amazing bourbon peach cobbler that is both simple and delicious.

Peaches are a signature ingredient in lots of southern dishes, from salads to desserts.  Any good contribution from a Georgia blog on National Cobbler Day is going to have peaches.  And any good contribution from Chef Jack is going to have bourbon!

I adapted a traditional recipe that I like to use when making cobblers.  Many cobblers use a very thin batter, almost like pancake batter, that you pour over the hot fruit and seeps down into the dish.  Others use a thicker, more biscuit-like dough that spoons over the fruit.  It spreads and creates a fluffy crust that bonds with the juices.  Both are great but I’ve always been a fan of the second one.  There’s just something very homestyle about it to me.

And it is simple, both in steps and in ingredients.  All you need to make a great cobbler is:

  • A worthy fruit.  Firm fruits always make the best cobblers, which is why stone fruits like cherries and peaches, and apples are the most common cobblers.
  • Sugar for sweetening.
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken the juices as they cook.
  • Seasonings.  Cinnamon is common, but experiment with other spices like cardamom, coriander, nutmeg and mace.
  • AP flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and butter all blended then mixed with milk or heavy cream to form a dough.
  • Your favorite ice cream to finish

I took the process a little outside the lines by adding in some bourbon and Grand Marnier for a grown up undercurrent of flavor.  In this recipe I used a bottle of Mitcher’s Small Batch Bourbon because of it’s somewhat sweet profile that includes hints of cinnamon and butterscotch.  I used Grand Marnier to balance the sweetness and bring a bit of brightness that cuts through an otherwise overly sweet dish.

And when I say simple, I mean this dish took me about 15 minutes to prepare.  You bake in the oven for up to 45 minutes and you don’t have to do a thing else to it, except get a spoon.  And save some of that bourbon.  Nothing makes National Cobbler Day feel more like a celebration than a plate of warm bourbon peach cobbler accompanied by an Old Fashioned.