Individual Peach Cobbler: A Rustic Dessert for the Summer

Have you ever made a mistake that actually worked out perfectly in the end?

Vertical image of fruit cobbler topped with a dollop of whipped cream with peaches in the background.

It seems to happen quite often with me while baking…

Sweet serendipity was on my side when, baking a batch of cookies last week, I incorrectly measured a few of my ingredients. Somehow, I ended up with an extra 1 1/2 cups of a sugar and baking powder mixture.

The cookies survived, tasting just fine (phew!), but I was stuck with this random bowl of two ingredients.

Huh.

Vertical image of a bowl of diced peaches next to an orange towel and whole fruit.

Not wanting these unintentionally rogue ingredients to go to waste, I figured out a way to turn a weird little accident into a summery dessert.

With this recipe for delicious peach cobbler, I was able to use the sugar/baking powder mixture, plus a few ripe peaches I already had from a local farmers market I went to last weekend.

Vertical image of ramekins with golden peach cobbler with whipped cream in the background.

This rustic recipe has a buttery, fluffy, cake-like layer on the bottom that gets browned and lightly crunchy on the surface. It’s covered with juicy peaches on top, with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Baked in ramekins and topped with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream, they are adorable as single servings.

Vertical image of ramekins with peach cobbler on a baking sheet next to whipped cream.

Make the result of my happy accident at home now, and enjoy a perfect summertime dessert!

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Individual Peach Cobblers


  • Author: Nikki Cervone
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Cobbler
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

Craving some peach cobbler, with a fluffy base and sweet, fresh fruit on top? Look no further than this rustic, individually portioned recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 3 cups peaches, diced (about 6 small peaches)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place 6 small ramekins on a baking sheet. Distribute the melted butter equally in the bottom of each ramekin.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the peaches, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and set aside as you prepare the batter.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, mixing until just combined. Evenly divide the batter on top of the melted butter in each ramekin. Spread to cover the bottom.
  5. Distribute the peach mixture equally on top of the batter in each ramekin. Do not stir. Sprinkle with a pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the batter is puffy and lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before serving.

Keywords: peach, peaches, cobbler, dessert, summer

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prep the Ramekins

Horizontal image of ramekins with butter on a baking sheet on an orange towel.

Place the ramekins on a baking sheet. Divide the melted butter evenly in the bottom of each ramekin.

Want to keep your sheet pans as clean as possible? Place a piece of parchment paper underneath the ramekins to catch any juices when baking.

Step 2 – Make the Peach Mixture

Horizontal image of a bowl of diced peaches next to a knife.

Using a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife, dice the peaches into small cubes.

In a medium saucepan, combine the diced peaches, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove from the heat and set aside as you prepare the batter.

Step 3 – Make the Batter

Horizontal image of a bowl of batter on an orange towel.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, mixing until just combined.

Evenly divide the batter on top of the melted butter in each ramekin, and spread with a spoon to cover the bottom of each.

It may not look like enough batter, but it will rise significantly as it bakes!

Step 4 – Finish Assembling

Horizontal image of ramekins filled with fruit on a baking sheet with a pot of fruit, an orange towel, and whole peaches.

Divide the peach mixture to distribute it equally on top of the batter in each ramekin. Do not stir. Sprinkle with a pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg.

Step 5 – Bake

Horizontal image of six ramekins with fruit cobbler on a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the batter is puffy and light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly.

Serve while still warm, with ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Horizontal image of cobbler topped with whipped cream on an orange towel with peaches and spices in the background.

A Delicious Mistake

Even though that random bowl of sugar and baking powder probably should have gone into that batch of cookies I was making, it became an inspiration for an entirely new dessert.

Vertical image of one peach cobbler topped with whipped cream with spoons and an orange towel.

How sweetly serendipitous!

Feeding a crowd? Double the recipe and assemble it all in a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Serve it as a casserole by the (big) scoopful.

If you can’t get enough peaches after this recipe, make our fluffy cookies, or our homemade peach jam.

Horizontal image of ramekins with fruit cobbler on a baking sheet next to a bowl of whipped cream, peaches, and spoons on an orange towel.

If you’re looking for more cute dessert ideas you can bake in individual portions, then check out some of these:

What have been some of the more successful happy accidents you’ve made in the kitchen? Any embarrassing stories to tell with the ones that didn’t turn out? Let us know below, and remember to rate the recipe once you make it!


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A collage of photos showing personal sized peach cobblers made in ramekins.

Photos by Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Shanna Mallon on August 5th, 2008. Last updated: November 7, 2018 at 9:23 am.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Craving a classic peach cobbler recipe for the summer months? Look no further than this rustic, individually portioned version, made with fresh fruit and served hot out of the oven. Enjoyed on its own or with whipped cream or ice cream, you're going to love this sweet dessert. Get the recipe now on Foodal. #peachcobbler #rusticdesserts #fruitpie #summerdesserts #foodal

6 thoughts on “Individual Peach Cobbler: A Rustic Dessert for the Summer

  1. I did love it, and so did everyone else. I told my grandma about it and she insisted on giving me more peaches so I could make one for her Sunday lunch with my family! Thanks!

  2. I just made this and it is really good ! I used sugar subtitute and it tasted great ! I will try making it with half brown sugar next time.

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