Ali Larter’s Peach Cobbler Will Knock Your Socks Off
Peach cobbler is the most delectable of flings—hot, sticky, sweet, and easy on the eyes. I love to make mine in a cast-iron pan, because it means oven-to-table presentation, and I’m a sucker for anything that saves me dishes while looking both rustic and elegant.
I tried this cobbler every which way to get to the recipe below; I wanted a twist on the classic recipe, and I finally found the magic ingredient in the bulk foods section right next to the dried mango. Throw in a little minced candied ginger and the familiar becomes newly unforgettable, spicy, and sophisticated through its sweetness.
Serve this up hot and covered in vanilla ice cream for the people you love this summer, and share a taste you’ll miss all year—until next peach season!
8 large peaches, cut into thin wedges, peeled if you have time
1⁄4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Biscuit topping ingredients:
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1⁄2 cup cold milk
1⁄4 cup minced candied ginger
Directions for filling:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have time to peel your peaches, start by boiling them for 1-2 minutes, then dunk them in a bowl of ice water. This will help the skin separate from the flesh and slide off more easily.
De-pit and slice the peaches into thin wedges, then toss them with the sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and cornstarch in a cast-iron skillet. Bake them in the middle of oven for 5 minutes.
Directions for topping:
Make the topping while the peaches bake. In a medium-size bowl, stir together your flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using a sharp knife, cut your butter into small pieces and mince your candied ginger. Blend in butter with your fingertips or a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in milk and ginger until just combined. Be sure not to over-mix, as this will cause the butter to melt.
Remove the cast-iron from the oven and drop spoonfuls of topping over the peaches—8 total. Return to the oven and bake until topping is golden, about 40 minutes. Topping will spread as it bakes. Spoon heaps of ice cream on top and enjoy one melting, delicious bite at a time!
Total cooking time: 1 hour
What's your go-to dessert for end of summer? Tell us below!