Combine peaches with pantry staples for an easy to make lazy day cobbler! You can make this simple dessert with fresh, frozen or canned peaches so you can enjoy it all year long. This old fashioned recipe makes it easy to make cobbler from scratch.
I love low effort desserts and it doesn’t get much easier than this simple peach cobbler! Sweet fruit combines with a buttery sweet topping that is crusty on top and a little bit gooey inside.
What makes this summer recipe so simple is that you just mix a few pantry staples in a bowl, dump the fruit on top and bake it. It takes about 5 minutes to prep the dish and only 35 minutes to bake.
This is an traditional recipe that I originally found in an old spiral bound church cookbook from the 1970s. It was called Lazy Day Duff in the cookbook, but it is essentially a cobbler.
Add some vanilla ice cream on top of this lazy day cobbler and enjoy a classic summer treat in less than 45 minutes!
Why You Will Love this Lazy Day Cobbler
- A cobbler is the perfect way to turn fresh summer fruit into a dessert.
- You can use fresh fruit, canned fruit or frozen fruit – making this a perfect dessert for unexpected guests or a last minute craving for a sweet treat.
- While I used peaches it is also delicious with blueberries or blackberries or other summer fruit, making it a very versatile recipe.
Peaches – For these pictures I used a bag of frozen peaches without defrosting them. Fresh peaches also are delicious in the recipe, although peeling and slicing them would add a little to the prep time. Canned peaches work too, just make sure you drain the juice off before using.
The remaining ingredients are just staples you probably already have – milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and salt.
Baking Pan for the Cobbler
I made this peach cobbler in my 10 inch cast iron skillet, which was the perfect size. A 8 x 8 inch square baking dish would also work well.
How to Make Lazy Day Cobbler
1. Melt the Butter
Set the oven to preheat at 375 degrees F. Then put the butter into the cast iron skillet or whatever baking dish you are using and stick it in the oven as it preheats.
This will melt the butter right in the skillet and means you won’t have an extra bowl to wash from microwaving the butter. Fewer dishes is important for a lazy day recipe! 🙂
2. Mix the Batter
While the oven is preheating and the butter is melting mix the remaining ingredients. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder and stir.
Stir the milk into the dry ingredients and the batter will come together into a thick dough, sort of like biscuit dough.
3. Combine and Bake
Take the skillet with the melted butter out of the oven. Spoon the batter into the pan on top of the butter.
Don’t spread it out or try to make it even, just drop it into the pan in clumps. Don’t stir it into the melted butter either.
Then dump the peaches on top of the batter. Again, don’t stir them in, just spread them around on top of the batter.
Bake the peach cobbler for 35 minutes. As the cobbler bakes the peaches will sink and the batter will spread out and surround them.
The cobbler is done when the crust is golden brown and the center is mostly firm.
How to Serve
This lazy day peach cobbler is best when it is served warm. After it is done baking let it cool for a few minutes and then scoop out servings with a spoon.
Cobblers aren’t supposed to be neat, so don’t bother trying to cut it into squares!
The dessert is delicious without any toppings, but a little bit of vanilla ice cream melting into the warm cobbler is tastes amazing!
How to Store
If you have leftovers store them covered at room temperature for 2-3 days. I like to microwave any leftovers for 30 seconds before serving to warm it up a bit.
I have never tried to freeze this cobbler. But my guess is that it would freeze fine, but wouldn’t be as crisp on top after freezing and thawing.
- If using canned peaches make sure you drain them well! The syrup from the peaches might make the cobbler too sweet and make the final dish a little gummy.
- Don’t stir the batter into the melted butter and don’t stir the peaches into the batter. It seems like stirring wouldn’t hurt, but the cobbler will bake better if you don’t!
A cobbler should be gooey but not runny. The top should be firm but center should be soft. If a cobbler is runny it probably means the fruit was very juicy.
Yes, I have made this easy cobbler recipe by substituting soy butter and almond milk for the butter and milk. It tasted great, although not as buttery.
Both a cobbler and crumble are desserts with fresh fruit and a topping. But a cobbler is more cake like with the cake and fruit mixed together. A crumble just has a streusel topping on the fruit.
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- Peaches - 1 bag (16 ounce) frozen or 2 cups fresh (sliced) or 2 (14 ounce) cans
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup milk
- Set the oven to preheat at 375 degrees F.
- Put the butter into your cast iron skillet and put it in the oven to melt.
- While the butter is melting mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir well.
- Pour in the milk and stir to mix everything into a thick batter. Don't over mix.
- Take the skillet out of the oven. Put the batter on top of the melted butter. Don't mix it in, just put spoonfuls of the batter around the skillet.
- Put the peaches on top of the batter. Spread them out over the skillet, but leave them on top and don't mix them in.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 minutes. The cobbler is done when it is golden brown on top and the middle is mostly firm.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 351mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts are estimates.