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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Bourbon Vanilla Bean Peach Cobbler Cooking View
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For me, there is no contest. Peach cobbler is the ultimate iconic peach dessert and whenever fresh summer peaches are at their peak, I can’t possibly pass up the opportunity to make one. This version with enhanced with vanilla bean and a splash of bourbon is fantastic. The fluffy biscuit topping is only lightly sweetened to let the natural sweetness of the peaches shine.

Personally, I think a la mode is the only way to serve cobbler. However, if you are a bourbon lover and want to play up that flavor even more, consider topping this with bourbon whipped cream. Whip 1 cup of heavy cream with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar until medium-stiff peaks form, being careful not to over whip. Blend in 1 tablespoon of bourbon and then adjust flavoring as desired. Serve this as an alternative to or in addition to the ice cream on the side. This is the perfect way to enjoy those lovely fresh peaches while they are in season!

This is another of the peach recipes I have created for the Wildwood Market and Peach Truck Instagram photo contest. In case you missed the first post, full details are here. As a reminder, here are the entry details:

For your chance to win a box of fresh Georgia peaches to pick up at that time as well as a $25 gift card to Wildwood:

  • Make one of the peach recipes I share on the blog for this promotion.
  • Share a photo of your creation with the world on Instagram! Be sure to include #wildforpeaches and also tag thepeachtruckwildwoodmarket, and annieseats.
  • IMPORTANT ADDITION! If your instagram feed is not public, I won’t be able to see your entry. Instead, email photos to me at annieseats at gmail.com.
  • For an extra entry, tag two friends as well who might be interested in some Peach Truck action.
  • The contest will stay open until Wednesday, July 13 at 11:59 pm.
  • Three winners will be selected. You must be able to pick up your prize from Wildwood.
Bourbon Vanilla Bean Peach Cobbler
Yield: about 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2½ lbs. ripe fresh peaches, peeled and sliced ½-inch thick
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp. bourbon

For the biscuit topping:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 6 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • Heavy cream, for brushing
  • Coarse sugar, for sprinkling
Cooking View

Directions

  • Heat the oven to 400˚ F. In a large bowl, combine the peaches with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and the seeds scraped from the vanilla bean pod. Mix well to combine. Spread the peaches into a layer in a baking dish.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix briefly with a fork. Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is coarse and the largest butter chunks are the size of small peas. Pour in the buttermilk and stir gently with a fork until a dough has formed. Be careful to avoid overmixing or kneading, otherwise you will end up with a tough dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and pat to a thickness of about ¾- to 1-inch. Divide into 8 biscuits, either using a biscuit cutter or simply cutting with a knife.

  • Place the biscuits on top of the peaches in the baking dish. Brush lightly with heavy cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake 35-40 minutes or until the peaches give easily punctured with a fork and the biscuits are golden brown. Serve warm a la mode or with bourbon whipped cream (see above).

  • Angela

    Excellent pairing of bourbon and peaches. It’s not peach season in Washington state yet, so I just stared at these gorgeous photos with great excitement for August.

  • Melissa Brooker

    OMG YUM! I cant wait to get some amazing peaches and make this!

  • Amanda

    Silly question – Is the “bourbon” here referring to actual bourbon or a Bourbon vanilla bean? I don’t see real bourbon in the ingredients or recipe. Thanks!

  • Annie

    Well, that is incredibly valid! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. I added the bourbon in where it should be (the filling) but you are right, you could also use bourbon vanilla beans. Sorry about that!

  • Amanda

    Ok, I was assuming that since you mentioned a splash of it above, but then started to second guess myself. I need to make a run to the store for some bourbon, in that case. This looks amazing!

  • Erin

    Thanks for asking this! I remember a week ago reading the recipe over and over thinking where is the bourbon if I choose no whipped topping :) Thanks for asking I was too scared too haha

  • Natalie Stachon

    Beautiful! Peaches are such a lovely fruit. I am a fan of fruit that still looks pretty after it’s been cooked/baked.

  • Made this tonight and it was great! I made it ahead and kept it in the fridge and then took it out to come to room temp while I was making dinner. Turned out fine! I used a smaller baking dish (about a 9×6) and did half the amount of peaches and I did 2/3 of the biscuit topping. Added just a hint extra liquid because I’m at higher elevation in Denver. I also left the peels on my peaches and it was fine that way as well. My husband who never ever eats dessert went for firsts and seconds! I don’t usually love ice cream mixed with my dessert either, but the melted ice cream made a lovely peaches and cream deal. Yuuummmm.