Smoked Peach Cobbler is the sweet, creamy, smoky dessert you just need to taste. One bite of the tender cobbler topping with warm peaches and whipped cream and you'll be hooked. It is incredibly easy to make smoked desserts with great results.
This simple cobbler recipe comes from Paul's Aunt Lucy. He remembers helping her make it as a child. We took Aunt Lucy's tasty dessert recipe and kicked it up a notch by cooking it on our Traeger pellet grill. It is moist and delicious and comes together in about 5 minutes.
The secret to this fast prep cobbler is that the topping can just be mixed in a bowl with a whisk. It is cakier than a biscuit topping but also a lot less work than cutting in butter to a biscuit dough with a pastry cutter.
Peaches - We use canned peaches, canned in juice, to simplify this recipe. You can use frozen peaches by thawing them first. If you'd like to use fresh peaches you will have to slice them and remove the pit. Make sure to choose peaches that are sweet and ripe.
Whole Milk - Whole milk has 3.5% fat in it and is the richest type of milk. It helps the cobbler taste rich and creamy. If you have buttermilk or half and half on hand those can also be subbed in the for milk.
Salted Butter - We only keep salted butter in our house and use it in all of our baking and desserts. The bit of added salt will only make the other flavors stand out more. If you have unsalted butter add a pinch of salt.
Flour - Flour is the main ingredient in the cobbler. We use regular white all-purpose flour.
Sugar - White sugar adds a bit more sweetness than just using the peaches. Golden brown sugar also goes well in this recipe.
Baking Powder - Baking powder makes the cake portion of the cobbler rise and get fluffy. Always check that your baking powder is in date.
How to Make Smoked Peach Cobbler
Step One: Stir together the ingredients for the cobbler topping.
Step Two: Melt butter in the bottom of the baking dish. Place the peaches in the bottom of an 8x8 baking dish. Top with the batter.
Step Three: Place the dessert in the smoker. Smoke for an hour at 250.
Step Four: Increase the heat to 400. Cook for an additional 10 minutes to brown the topping.
Fruit - You can vary the type of fruit in this. Any fruit that cooks fairly quickly can work, such as canned fruits or berries. For fruits that take longer to cook, such as raw apples, you can cook them for a bit before adding the cobbler topping. Frozen cherries are also excellent. Just thaw them in the dish first (and don't drain the juice).
Maple - Love the rich vibrant taste of maple syrup? Try omitting the sugar and subbing it for the milk.
Spices - Ginger goes well with peaches. Other sweet spices can also be added such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or a blend like an apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice.
Bourbon - For a bourbon peach cobbler replace 1 ounce of the milk with bourbon whiskey. It really adds a great flavor!
Cast Iron Pan - If you prefer you can cook and serve this in a cast iron skillet!
Wood - We used the Traeger signature blend when testing this recipe which is a blend of hickory, maple, and cherry hardwoods.
Where does peach cobbler originate?
Peach cobbler is a type of dessert that typically consists of fresh peaches, sugar, butter, flour, and other ingredients baked in a dish. It is believed to have originated in the United States during the 18th century.
What is the difference between a cobbler and a crumble?
A cobbler is a fruit dessert with a top crust made of biscuit, cake, or pie dough, while a crumble is a fruit dessert with a streusel topping. A cobbler is often baked in a deep dish, while a crumble can be baked in a shallow dish.
What should I serve with peach cobbler?
Either a dollop of whipped cream or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream goes amazingly with this treat.
How do you know when peach cobbler is done?
One way to tell if smoked peach cobbler is done is to see if the dough has become golden brown and slightly puffed up. Another way to tell is to insert a fork or toothpick into the center of the cobbler. If the fork comes out clean, with no dough clinging to it, then the cobbler is done.
Can you smoke peaches?
Yup! In addition, to making smoked peach cobbler, you can also just smoke fresh peaches. We smoke them at 225 directly on the grate for an hour.
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups canned peaches, drained (canned in juice)
- ½ cup flour
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the smoker to 225. Melt the butter in the bottom of an 8x8 pan.
- Place the peaches in the bottom of the pan on top of the butter.
- Stir together the remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Pour evenly on top of the peaches.
- Smoke for one hour at 225.
- Increase the heat to 400 and smoke for an additional 10 minutes to brown the top. The cobbler should be firm at this point and not jiggly.