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Paula’s Famous Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe


Warm, gooey, and perfectly sweet—Paula’s peach cobbler is the trifecta! Peach cobbler, being a Southern institution, is a staple on the dessert menu at all of Paula’s restaurants. People from all over the world rave about Paula’s rendition of this Southern sweet, and since August is National Peach Month, we thought now is the perfect time to share how to make this peachy keen recipe.

Start by gathering your ingredients. You’ll need the following:

  • 1 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced peaches
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ground cinnamon (optional)

Now that you’ve got your ingredients prepped and ready, it’s time to get cookin’!

First, preheat your oven to 350˚F. While you wait for your oven to heat up, combine the peeled and sliced peaches with the water and a cup of the sugar in a saucepan, making sure to mix it up well. Bring the peach and soon-to-be syrup to a boil and then it simmer for 10 minutes; then, remove the pan from the heat. If you don’t have fresh peaches, you can use this same process with frozen peaches or skip this part and use canned peaches—just be sure not to dump out the syrup from those canned peaches!

Next, you’ll want to put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and toss the dish in the oven so the butter can melt.

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining cup of sugar with the self-rising flour and the milk slowly to prevent it from clumping. Once your butter is melted, remove the baking dish from the oven, and pour the flour mixture over the melted butter. Now this part is incredibly important: do not stir the flour mixture into the butter.

Next spoon the fruit on top of it all and then gently pour in the syrup—again, don’t stir. How much syrup you use is up to you. Obviously the more syrup you pour in, the wetter and gooier your finished cobbler will be. Paula likes lots of syrup in her cobbler! Finally, if you’re choosing to use it, sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon. Paula’s sprinkle tends to be more on the heavy side, but you can decide how much or how little cinnamon you and your family like.

Lastly, bake it in your oven for 30 to 45 minutes—the batter will rise to the top during baking.

Boy, are you in for a treat! This cobbler is so good any way you serve it, but we like it topped with fresh whipped cream or, our personal favorite, vanilla ice cream.

How many of you have had Paula’s cobbler before? Have you tried making it yourself? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Watch Paula make it here:

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