Upside-Down Peach Cobbler

A little cakier than traditional cobbler, and every bit as delicious.

A cobbler is a dessert where some syrupy fruit is topped with some batter and baked into deliciousness, right? Usually, yes, but this particular cobbler is just the opposite – it’s upside-down! In our Upside-Down Peach Cobbler, the batter forms the bottom layer and the fruit goes on top, so you end up with a sturdy and sweet cake base that bubbles up through the fruit as it bakes. Same ingredients, different configuration, every bit as delicious.

You can use any type of fruit for this, but we’ve used peach which happens to be my favorite kind of cobbler (though blackberry is very close behind it). The fruit gets simmered with some sugar and lemon juice just long enough for it to get syrupy and soften up it a bit. And then you set it aside. Because in this case, the fruit doesn’t go first.

Instead you make a liquidy batter and pour it into your baking pan and then dollop the fruit on top.

As it bakes, the batter rises up and around the fruit and comes out with a sweet, cakey consistency.

It’s a little bit sturdier than your traditional cobbler, a little more reminiscent of cake (but still plenty juicy and ooey-gooey), but it’s the same combination of fruit and sweet dough that you know and love. While I’ll never abandon traditional cobbler completely, this is a great way to change up the dessert routine once in a while!

Upside-Down Peach Cobbler

A little cakier than traditional cobbler, and every bit as delicious.

Serves 6; 10 minutes to prepare, 40 minutes cook time

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 cups peaches, sliced
  • Juice from one lemon
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour melted butter into a baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Add peaches and 3/4 cup sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, remaining sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  6. Using a small measuring cup (1/4 cup works well), drop peaches evenly over the batter.
  7. Bake until golden brown and set, 40-50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Just a Pinch.