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Chef John's Peach Cobbler Recipe
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Chef John's Peach Cobbler

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"There was a time when being called a shoemaker was the ultimate kitchen insult. It meant that your cooking skills were so weak, the cobbler down the street could have come into the kitchen and done just as well. This beautiful peach cobbler recipe is so easy, any shoemaker could master it."

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Original recipe makes 1 cobbler Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine peaches, Chinese five-spice powder, and lemon zest in a bowl.
  3. Stir sugar and water together in saucepan pan over medium heat until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in peach mixture; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Combine sugar and self-rising flour in a large bowl. Pour in milk; whisk to form a smooth batter.
  5. Pour melted butter into a Dutch oven. Pour batter over the melted butter.
  6. Gently place peaches and syrup on top of batter. As the cobbler bakes, they will sink down into the batter.
  7. Bake until syrup is bubbling and crust has risen and is golden brown, about 50 minutes.
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  • Chef's Note:
  • Canned peaches can be substituted for the fresh peaches in this recipe. If using canned peaches, use the syrup in the can instead of making one with sugar and water.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 24, 2012

Very simple and easy recipe! Only thing I did different was up the temp to 375 and bake time to 55 minutes! I knew from previous cobbler recipes I had tried that the bake time and temp may be a little off! But the final result was eXcellent!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 25, 2012

We didn't like the Chinese five spice powder flavor. It was just an off taste to us.

Aug 10, 2012

This is an excellent recipe! To the reviewers who said that they had too much liquid after baking or that the crust never rose to the top, YOU USED THE WRONG TYPE OF FLOUR. This recipe calls for self-rising flour, NOT all-purpose, and there is a difference! I made this as directed, subbing cinnamon for the 5-spice powder (I have simple tastes!) and it turned out wonderfully and was delicious! A little trick for helping it to set better. After the bake time is over, turn the heat off and let the cobbler remain in the oven for a while to cool. This will let any remaining liquid boil off while not burning the dessert. You should eat this warm though, rather than room temp. (Just my opinion!) All in all, this is a great recipe. You can't go wrong with Chef John!

Jul 11, 2012

I didn't have any Chinese 5 Spice, so I substituted Pumpkin Pie Spice and some ground chipotle. The flavors were fantastic, but there was SO much liquid in the finished product. I'll cut the simple syrup to half a cup next time, which ought to do the trick.

Aug 19, 2012

Came out perfect! To the people who do not have self-rising flour: For every 1 cup of all-purpose flour, add 1 1/2 tsp of baking power and 1 tsp of salt. Mix that together and you should have self-rising flour. It worked perfectly for me. Also I did not have Chinese five spice so I substituted it with cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. I'm no longer intimidated to make peach cobbler!

Jul 25, 2012

Made it as written with an additional 1/2 t cinnamon to the peach mixture and the oven at 375 instead of 350. Mine was not runny, however I made sure to boil the peaches for a full 2 minutes at a rolling boil & that thickened them. Good taste, but I prefer a more tart cobbler and would add lemon juice or tart berries next time. The batter on this one traveled throughout & was a bit more like thick custard than the traditional cake-like dough.

Jun 19, 2012

Great flavor, but after an hour and a half on 350 degrees, there was still so much juice and uncooked batter that I had to add an oatmeal/butter/flour topping to help sop it up a bit. Like the 5 spice flavor. Very good flavor.

Aug 16, 2012

This came out looking perfectly, the crust was nice and golden and the syrup was all pretty inside. The problem was the sweetness. I did feel weird using two cups of sugar, one for the syrup and one for the crust, I should have trusted my gut instinct because it was way too sweet. Also the Chinese spices killed it, that anise flavor is hard to get rid off and is too strong. So I just bought another set of peaches and will try this again with only one cup of sugar and cinnamon. We'll see how it comes out. UPDATE: I made this again last night and only used 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar with 1/2 cup of water for the syrup. 1/2 of white sugar to mix with the flour. Melted the butter in the oven in the same baking dish. Replaced the Chinese five-spice with 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Result: AMAZING.


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  • Calories
  • 562 kcal
  • 28%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 99.3 g
  • 32%
  • Cholesterol
  • 46 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 16.9 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 5.3 g
  • 11%
  • Sodium
  • 536 mg
  • 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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