Sourdough Peach Cobbler

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Sourdough peach cobbler is a delightful dessert that combines the tangy flavor of sourdough with the sweetness of ripe peaches. It’s a perfect way to use up excess sourdough discard while creating a delicious treat for family and friends. This recipe can be made with your sourdough starter at any phase of its life. If you have some excess discard, great! Use that. If you just want to enjoy some homemade peach cobbler, just take what you need from your active starter! It honestly doesn’t matter, it comes out delicious either way!

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If you don’t already can peaches, I highly recommend it, especially for quick desserts like this! Popping open a can of summer and dumping it right into a recipe is so worth the effort of canning peaches.

I’ve got a guide on How To Can Peaches if you’re interested in trying it out!

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Choosing the Best Peaches

When making sourdough discard peach cobbler, it’s essential to choose the right type of peaches to ensure the best flavor and texture. Look for ripe, juicy peaches that are slightly firm to the touch with a sweet fragrance. Here are some popular varieties of peaches that work well in cobbler recipes:

  1. Freestone Peaches: These peaches have flesh that easily separates from the pit, making them ideal for slicing and baking. They’re juicy and flavorful, perfect for peach cobbler.
  2. White Peaches: White peaches have a delicate, sweet flavor and a low acidity level, making them a great choice for those who prefer a milder taste in their cobbler.
  3. Clingstone Peaches: While clingstone peaches are a bit harder to pit and slice, they have a robust flavor and hold their shape well during baking, resulting in a more substantial cobbler filling.
  4. Donut Peaches: Also known as Saturn peaches, these flat, round peaches are sweet and juicy with a unique texture. They add a fun twist to traditional peach cobbler recipes.
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Sourdough Discard Peach Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Cobbler:

sourdough peach cobbler
  • 2 quarts sliced peaches (or approximately 2 pounds of peaches, peeled and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)

For the Topping:

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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sourdough discard
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Peaches:
    • If using fresh peaches, peel and slice them. You’ll need approximately 2 quarts of sliced peaches.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced peaches with cane sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and arrowroot powder. Toss well to coat the peaches evenly. Set aside.
  2. Make the Topping:
    • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cane sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
    • Add the sourdough discard and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until well combined, it will look like a sticky dough. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the Cobbler:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
    • Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish or casserole dish with butter or cooking spray.
    • Spread the prepared peach mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish.
  4. Add the Topping:
    • Using a spoon or your hands, drop dollops of the topping mixture over the peaches until they are completely covered.
  5. Bake the Cobbler:
    • Place the assembled cobbler in the preheated oven.
    • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the peach filling is bubbly around the edges.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    • Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool slightly.
    • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful treat!

Sourdough Discard Peach Cobbler

A delicious summer treat, anytime of the year! Combine your excess sourdough discard to make this sweet and tangy combination!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings

Equipment

Ingredients

For the Cobbler:

  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 quarts sliced peaches or approximately 2 pounds of peaches, peeled and sliced

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sourdough discard
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

Prepare the Peaches:

  • If using fresh peaches, peel and slice them. You’ll need approximately 2 quarts of sliced peaches.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced peaches with cane sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and arrowroot powder. Toss well to coat the peaches evenly. Set aside.
    1/4 cup cane sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 quarts sliced peaches

Make the Topping:

  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cane sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup cane sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add the sourdough discard and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
    1/2 cup sourdough discard, 6 tablespoons butter

Assemble the Cobbler:

  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish or casserole dish with butter or cooking spray.
  • Spread the prepared peach mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish.

Add the Topping:

  • Using a spoon or your hands, drop dollops of the topping mixture over the peaches until they are completely covered.

Bake the Cobbler:

  • Place the assembled cobbler in the preheated oven.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the peach filling is bubbly around the edges.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Remove the cobbler from the oven and let it cool slightly.
  • Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful treat!

Storing and Preserving Peach Cobbler

Once you’ve baked a delicious sourdough discard peach cobbler, you’ll want to know how to store and preserve any leftovers to enjoy later. Here are some tips to help you keep your cobbler fresh:

Refrigeration:

  • If you have leftover cobbler that you plan to eat within a few days, store it in an airtight container or cover it tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Place the cobbler in the refrigerator and consume within 3 to 4 days for the best quality.

Freezing:

  • Peach cobbler can also be frozen for longer-term storage. However, keep in mind that the texture of the topping may change slightly upon thawing.
  • Allow the cobbler to cool completely before freezing to prevent condensation and soggy crust.
  • Once cooled, wrap the entire cobbler dish tightly in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn.
  • Alternatively, you can portion the cobbler into individual servings and freeze them in freezer-safe containers or zip-top bags.
  • Frozen peach cobbler can be stored for up to 3 months.

Reheating:

  • To reheat refrigerated cobbler, simply place it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until heated through.
  • If reheating frozen cobbler, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating as directed above.
  • You can also reheat individual portions of frozen cobbler in the microwave on a microwave-safe plate for quick and convenient serving.

Whether you’re using fresh, ripe peaches or canned peaches, sourdough discard peach cobbler is a delicious dessert that captures the essence of summer in every bite. Experiment with different peach varieties and preservation methods to create your perfect cobbler recipe. With a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser any time of year.

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