Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler

By Ann Fulton

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler --  sweet peaches, a novel yet easy preparation, and those crispy edges make this seasonal dessert a perennial favorite!
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With a layer of melted butter and batter, followed by fruit on the top, this simple “Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler” strays from the typical two-layer cobbler with fruit on the bottom and a crumble or biscuit on top. Then, as this cobbler bakes, the batter rises up and over the peaches and forms a cake-like treat, the edges of which become lightly crisped by the melted butter.


August 22 is my dad’s birthday.  So when I read recently that this dog day of summer is also “National Eat a Peach Day,” I knew he’d appreciate the fitting overlap.

Though my dad has never done much cooking, in many ways he’s the person who taught me to eat with the seasons.  While Mom typically made the weekly grocery runs, Dad was a Central Market regular, bringing home an ever-evolving rainbow of produce for all to enjoy.

Peach season—his favorite—called for special runs to Cherry Hill Orchards.  I asked him recently when he began these weekly trips, and he told me he first went for apples 40-some years ago, when the store was located on New Danville Pike.

When the “new” store was built 34 years ago on the corner of Long Lane and Marticville Road, he added peaches to his seasonal shopping list.  (For the record, Dad called to verify the date!)


fresh peaches

So while Dad’s birthday and National Eat a Peach Day are a couple weeks away, I’m sharing his favorite peach cobbler recipe now, for those who, like Dad, may wish to enjoy it several times throughout the all-too-fleeting peach season.

In this clever cobbler, the batter rises up and over the peaches, forming a cake-like treat while the edges become deliciously crisp.

The recipe’s catchy name refers to the amount of flour, sugar, and milk included in it.  I first enjoyed this dessert at the home of a childhood friend many years ago, when it was whipped up for last minute guests using canned peaches and a full stick of butter.

Fresh peaches elevate the dish, although the canned variety may certainly be used for an easy winter treat. (In this case, drain them first.) As for the butter, I found that a lesser quantity supplied plenty of flavor and a nice crispy edge without the hint of greasiness I sometimes noticed in the original recipe.

Though intended and typically enjoyed as an after-dinner dessert, Dad considers this treat akin to a donut and occasionally enjoys a serving after his daily bowl of cornflakes. My mom lights up when I heap in additional fruit—requiring extra cooking time and occasionally resulting in overflow!

Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler --  sweet peaches, a novel yet easy preparation, and those crispy edges make this seasonal dessert a perennial favorite!
Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa Cobbler
Yield: 6-8 servings
With a layer of melted butter, batter, and fruit, this simple recipe strays from the typical two-layer cobbler with fruit on the bottom and a crumble or biscuit on top. Then, as this cobbler bakes, the batter rises up and over the peaches and forms a cakelike treat, the edges of which become lightly crisped by the melted butter.
  • 6 tablespoons butter*
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces/127 grams) all-purpose flour (may substitute an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 cup (192 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled and chopped peaches (from 2-3 large peaches; see notes)
  • Optional: cinnamon sugar; ice cream or whipped cream for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the butter (as is–you will melt this soon) in an 8-inch square or similar size baking dish. Set aside.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the milk and vanilla, stirring just until the dry ingredients are thoroughly combined. As you are finishing up with the batter, place the baking dish in the oven to melt the butter. (You don’t want the butter to burn, so avoid putting the dish in the oven too early.It should take about 4-5 minutes to melt cold butter.)

Once the butter has fully melted, remove the baking dish from the oven, and pour the batter over the melted butter. Do not stir.

Evenly distribute the chopped peaches over the batter. Again, do not stir. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon sugar, if desired. (I use about 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, but you can eyeball it or skip it entirely.)

Bake the cobbler for 35 to 45 minutes. The batter will rise up and around the peaches as it cooks. You’ll know the cobbler is cooked throughout when the edges are a deep golden brown. Check a few minutes early and adjust the time if necessary, as all ovens vary.

Serve the cobbler warm or at room temperature, with a scoop of optional ice cream or whipped cream.To best preserve freshness, cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Notes & Tips

*Feel free to swap with your favorite non-dairy butter. I’ve tried Earth Balance baking sticks as well as Miyoko’s vegan butter and both work nicely.

When peaches are very ripe, the skins will often peel off easily. If this isn’t the case, score an “X” on one end, and then immerse in boiling water for 30-40 seconds. The edges of the “X” will begin to peel back. At this point, the skins will peel off easily.

Canned and drained peaches may be used when fresh aren’t available.

A few more things:

  • This recipe has proved to be fairly flexible over the years.  For instance, I’ve baked the cobbler at 375 degrees F, reducing the cooking time slightly.  For a bit of caramelized sweetness, I’ve sprinkled a tablespoon or so of additional sugar over the surface at the end of baking time and broiled for a minute or two, watching very closely to avoid burning.
  • I’ve also varied the pan size.  I tend to use an 8-inch square or similar size rectangular dish (pictured) because I like the batter to be a bit deeper, but I’ve actually baked a thinner version in a 9×13 pan and it did work.
  • I’ve added extra fruit (in this case, watch for overflow and place a baking sheet under your pan for added insurance!), and mixed the peaches with a variety of berries.  As always, be sure to monitor closely if you deviate from the recipe.
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    1. Ann Post author

      Hi Allison, I tend to make the cobbler just before serving, although it does reheat well (and tastes great cold or room temperature). Given that, I wouldn’t hesitate to make it ahead if that is more convenient for you.

  1. Tensie Campbell

    One tablespoon of baking soda seems excessive. I’ve never seen a recipe call for that much. Is this correct? And if so perhaps because no baking soda is used.

    1. Ann Post author

      That is the correct amount, and while more than many recipes, you can’t taste it and it’s needed to help the batter rise up and around the fruit. If you try, I hope you enjoy!

  2. Lisa

    Loving peach season. I made Cuppa Peach Cobbler this weekend, but used only 1/2 cup of sugar and it seemed just as delicious. The recipe is so easy and my go to for a quick dessert.

    1. Ann Post author

      It’s such a good season! Thank you for your comment with the added mention about the sugar. So happy the adjustment worked well.

    1. Ann Post author

      Thank you! Almond flour would likely work, although the rise may not be quite the same. When converting baked goods to gluten-free, I often replace 25% of the GF flour blend with almond flour. I think it improves the texture and reduces any hint of “gluten-free” flavor or graininess that can occur with some blends. For the best outcome, I’d recommend starting there, and increasing incrementally.

  3. JessD

    I’m from California and went to Texas for a family reunion. I had never tasted cobbler so imagine the surprise of my first taste of cobbler baked in the “cuppa cuppa mode.” This dish has graced my dinner table over the first ten years after that reunion. I’m now in my 70s, and the reunion has stopped becoming a significant event as time has claimed most principals. But, I’ll never forget the first taste of “cuppa cuppa cobbler” those 50 years ago. Thanks for the memories and the recipe; my original was lost years ago.

    1. Ann Post author

      Jess, It’s wonderful when a recipe invokes a special memory, and I’m delighted this cobbler did that for you. Thank you very much for taking the time to share it here!