Blueberry peach cobbler with cornmeal crust | Homesick Texan

Blueberry peach cornmeal cobbler

A few years ago, when I arrived at a friend’s house in Austin, I handed her a Fredericksburg peach I’d picked up in the Hill Country. Before I even had a chance to sit down, she had sliced the peach in half and shared it with her daughter.

Later that night, I offered to pick up the tab at dinner to thank my friends for letting me sleep at their place. “Are you kidding?” said my friend. “You brought us peaches. You’ve already repaid us more than enough!”

Earlier that week, I had spent the night at my grandma’s farm. Her peach tree was full of fruit, but they weren’t quite ripe. Fortunately, my mom had brought a box of Fairfield peaches on a recent visit. And before I even had a chance to sit down, my grandma had deftly peeled one of the peaches and cut it into slices to share.

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As we were eating the peach slices and wiping the juice off of our chins, my grandma asked if I wanted her to bake me my favorite pie—chocolate. “Are you kidding?” I said. “When the peaches are in season, I want a peach pie instead!”

What is it about peaches? Those few weeks in summer when they are ripe and in abundance, people can’t get enough of this soft juicy fruit. While I may be biased, I feel Texas peaches are the best and I’m pleased that I happened to be visiting when they were in season.

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My preferred way of eating them is fresh off the tree, warm from the sun. But sometimes you might want another preparation as well. Blueberries are also in abundance right now, and one of my favorite combinations is to pair this tart berry with sweet peaches in a cobbler.

In my recipe box, I have a few cobbler recipes including recipes for dewberry cobbler, peach cobbler, chocolate cobbler, and strawberry. But I recently came across a cornmeal cobbler recipe in the Houston Chronicle and thought I’d give the topping a try.

I’m glad I did. I believe that fruits and vegetables that share a season naturally go well together. Corn is also now in season, which is why I think cornmeal goes so well with these fruits. For instance, blueberry cornbread is always a favorite this time of year.

The blueberry peach cornmeal cobbler comes together quickly. First, you mix the cornmeal batter that’s like a cross between and a cornbread and a loose and shaggy sweet biscuit. You then dollop it on top of the fruit, which has been tossed with sugar and cinnamon.

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As the cobbler bakes, your home will be filled with the sweet and inviting scent of blueberries, peaches, and cinnamon. When it’s done, you tuck into it with a spoon and can either serve it alone or with a dollop of whipped cream. It’s a fine dessert to conclude a light meal, though I also enjoy it cold for breakfast, too.

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5 from 2 votes

Blueberry peach cornmeal cobbler

Servings 8
Author Adapted by Lisa Fain from the Houston Chronicle

Ingredients

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 2 cups sliced peaches
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease an 8-inch cast-iron skillet or 8-inch square pan.
  • To make the topping, in a bowl stir together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon until well combined.
  • With knives, a pastry blender, or your hands, work the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it’s crumbly. Stir in the half-and-half until all the ingredients are well blended and you have a sticky dough.
  • Place the peaches and blueberries into the skillet or pan. Toss the fruit with the lemon juice, sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon until well combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the dough evenly on top of the fruit.
  • Bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes or until brown and bubbling, and an inserted knife into the cornmeal topping comes out clean. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Note: This post and recipe was first published in 2010 and updated in July 2022

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  1. There is nothing better than a sweet juicy ripe peach – fortunately, they grow all over this beautiful country. People take pride in their local peaches no matter where they are from. I, like you, am from Texas. Fredricksburg AND Fairfield peaches are sold on all the interstates and back roads…..they are also available at Central Market in case you don't want to travel far. In fact, Cooper Farms has done a TV commercial w/ HEB. PS. I love the shot of your grandmother peeling peaches.

  2. Since I last posted on here I have had success with making blackberry cobblers (I have given up on peaches) and have made a few recipes with the batter on the bottome and the fruit placed on the top. Macerated the blackberries in some sugar, and then made a batter of flour, sugar, raising agent, cinnamon and vanilla. Melt some butter in the pan in the oven, add the batter and plop fruit on top. Serve with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream. Amazing. There are quite a few recipes like that on the internet. Some don't add the vanilla and cinnamon and some add one or the other. Lisa, do you think your batter recipe would work like that?

  3. WOW! I recently went to visit my family and family and made this for them. We made a double batch and LOVED IT! I love my cobbler but the cornbread topping was PERFECT! Thank you so much for posting this! 🙂 I can't wait to make it again!

  4. I've just put my own version of this cobbler in the oven, crossing my fingers for a delicious treat to emerge in 30 minutes — substituted mangos (what I had), chunky cherry preserves (3 T) for the peaches & blueberries. Same topping. Can't wait to taste it!

  5. Rachel Page says:

    This came out really well… I had to double the recipe because I was cooking it for about 15-20 people!