Yankee Peach Cobbler 🍑
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
I feel like I need to emphasize the yankee part, but not for why you might think. If your family is from the Caribbean and you are from the states, you are considered a “yankee”. It’s a pretty lonely title if you think about it.
I’m not Caribbean as I was born in the states. I’m not quite southern because I don’t have southern roots (Grits? No thank you! I say pe-can, not pe-cahn. I don’t have an accent either way). I almost just don’t fit in, or a more positive spin, I have the best of both worlds.
At age 27, I had brussel sprouts for the first time. In college I had meatloaf for the first time because of the meatloaf cupcake recipe where the icing is mashed potatoes. I was introduced to collard greens at 16 when my sister married an American. Chitlins? Never had them. Pork rinds, I think I tried them but I have no memory of them. And then there’s peach cobbler.
Honestly, I don’t know what prompted me to try peach cobbler—not eating it, but making it. Before the recipe I found on Pinterest, I don’t think I’d ever had peach cobbler before. Then I saw it, tried it, fell in love and wanted to make it even better. The thought of making it all from scratch brought back memories of making strawberry shortcake and my brother teasing how it tasted like a biscuit with strawberry jam.
But I tried the simple canned peaches and cake mix recipe with butter. It was almost too easy. So naturally, I had to go and alter it. Whiskey. Vanilla. Salt. Rum. Pecans. Walnuts. I tried the gamut. Everything did make it taste…better, but the juice from the canned peaches always kind of threw off the way I wanted the cobbler to taste (and the consistency).
So one day I got super ambitious. I bought real peaches! Mind you: I had never eaten a real peach before. (I know, I know, a Georgia girl, yet I’d never had a peach. Disclaimer: My parents are immigrants so a lot of things that are “common” were not common to me.) I had no idea what I was going to do, just that I was going to try something. And whaddya know, it was successful!
I highly recommend using real peaches. Plus, I know that it is a dessert, buttttt the preservatives aren’t actually necessary, so why not avoid them? Plus! Apparently, peaches are really good for you!
Yankee Peach Cobbler
Homemade made easy!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Author: Ellie K
6-8 Peaches (approx 2 lbs.)
8 tbsp Unsalted butter (separated to 2 and 6 tbsp, room temperature and frozen, respectively)
3/4 cup Brown sugar
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground cloves
3 tbsp Whiskey
1 tsp Cornstarch or flour
1 tsp Lemon juice (optional)
1 box Vanilla/Yellow Cake Mix
Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9 inch pie pan.
I peeled my peaches, but that is optional. Then cut them into approximately 1 inch cubes.
Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large pan. Add peaches and brown sugar. Mix well on low heat
Add cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, ground cloves, whiskey, cornstarch, and lemon juice to the peaches and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer peach mixture to a baking dish or pie pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top as evenly as possible.
Grate the frozen butter over the cake mix so that the butter is in as thin of a single layer as possible.