Vegan Peach Cobbler
When peach season begins, you can see the beautiful juicy and fresh fruit everywhere. Now that summer is here, It is high time to enjoy the deliciousness of the amazing peach fruit.
Although you can make several dessert recipes that use peaches, the one I am going to share today is a super easy, flavorsome, and utterly comforting recipe.
Cobblers have been a part of our lives since childhood. They have a unique texture and use fresh fruits to create a unique blend of flavors and textures. One such cobbler is the peach cobbler.
And because Vegan, What is all about promoting a vegan living style, this recipe is going to be completely vegan. Jam-packed with flavors and nutrition, this is probably one of the best vegan peach cobbler recipes you will ever try!
It is perfect for every occasion; whether it is summers or winters, you can enjoy this vegan cobbler whenever you want.
So, without waiting any further, let us get to know everything about this perfect recipe.
What is a cobbler?
A cobbler traditionally consists of two main things, i.e., a fruit base and biscuit topping. In simple words, a cobbler is a freeform or no-fuss dessert. There is no neat division of layers.
The two components are pretty merged with each other, and the biscuit is usually added to the fruit base. It is done to create a “cobbled” look in the dish.
Although the traditional cobbler is super easy to make, it is not the only type of cobbler. In fact, you will find several variations as you move from country to country. The main four varieties of cobbler are:
- The crisp top: A fruit underneath and a crispy layer on top seem quite elegant and structured. The top layer can be made using oats, butter, flour, brown sugar, etc. This type is super easy to customize, and you can create your version. It is also a perfect thing to enjoy in summers without a lot of hard work.
- The crumble: It is very similar to the crisp. It uses the same ingredients, but the top is a bit crumbly. Furthermore, it is the English version.
- Betty brown: Where a traditional betty brown uses layers in between fruit, a betty brown cobbler is a crumble that is mixed with the fruit. It has a crispy and crunchy texture which we all love.
- Buckle: Lastly, the buckle is a neat and well-structured cobbler. It is made with three main layers, i.e., the cake base, the fruits, and the crumbly top made with flour, sugar, and butter. It is delicious and is full of different textures.
Main components of a Vegan Peach Cobbler
Because the vegan peach cobbler is similar to the buckle, we will have two main components. These are:
- The batter: The batter forms the bottom layer of this cobbler. It is made with ingredients like flour, sugar, butter, and non-dairy milk. This batter is pretty much the same as a cake. However, it is crumblier.
- The filling: Peaches are super tasteful and one of my favorite fruits. We will need ingredients like peaches, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and corn starch to make the filling. Cook the peaches until you get a thick consistency filling, almost like a jam.
Making vegan peach cobbler uses simple ingredients that at are usually available in every vegan kitchen pantry and mostly definitely available at your local grocery store.
Here is a detailed breakdown of all the ingredients and their probable substitutes as well:
For the filling:
- Peaches: The main hero of this delicious cobbler is peaches. You can either use fresh or frozen peaches. If you are using fresh peaches; peel them, and remove the core, and dice them. If you are using frozen peaches, take some time to let them thaw them before use. You can do that by placing them in the refrigerator the night before.
- Brown sugar: Brown sugar has a complex and sweet flavor. It almost tastes like toffee. Dark brown sugar adds a darker color to the dish. However, if you use light brown sugar, the flavor will be mild, and the color will be lighter.
- Granulated sugar: White sugar works best for this purpose. However, you can also use organic cane sugar or coconut sugar for the purpose. However, coconut sugar will have a light sweet flavor.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon brings in a warm, woody, and slightly spicy flavor.
- Nutmeg: It also has a warm, nutty and comforting flavor and aroma.
- Lemon juice: Adding lemon juice will balance the sweetness by adding tanginess and acidity to the filling.
- Corn starch: Mix corn starch with water to make a slurry. This ingredient is essential as it thickens the filling. You can use tapioca starch or arrowroot starch ad well. Don't forget to also mix the substitutes with water to make a slurry.
For the batter:
- All-purpose flour: All-purpose flour works best for this batter. However, if you are looking for a gluten-free option, you can choose whatever flour you want. Make sure you combine two gluten-free flour mixtures for the best results.
- Baking powder: A little baking powder is an essential ingredient. It helps in giving body to the cake and helps it to rise, making it moist and fluffy.
- Granulated sugar: It adds sweetness to the batter. You can use organic cane sugar or coconut sugar as well.
- Salt: A pinch of salt elevates the flavors of the other ingredients.
- Vegan butter: You can use any vegan butter for this recipe. I particularly love using Earth Balance butter.
- Vanilla: Although it is an optional ingredient, I recommend you use it. The flavor of vanilla is refreshing and gives the cake a new dimension.
- Non-dairy milk: You can use any non-dairy or plant-based milk, but cashew milk or soy milk works best for this recipe. That's because these are creamy and thick.
How to make Vegan Peach Cobbler?
Making vegan peach cobbler is a piece of cake, really. All you have to do is follow these simple steps as mentioned below:
Step 1: Firstly, place a saucepan on medium heat and add peaches, sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Step 2: Bring the peach mixture to a boil and stir well until the sugar is dissolved and the peaches release juices and are softened up.
Step 3: Mix corn starch in water to make a slurry and add it to the peach mixture. Let it simmer until the mixture is thickened up. Remove from the heat and set it aside.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, add all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and mix well.
Step 5: Create a well in the center using a spoon or your hands and pour in plant-based milk and vanilla extracts.
Step 6: Drop flour from the sides to mix it well.
Step 7: Pour in melted butter and continue to mix until you get a unified batter free of lumps.
Step 8: Pour the batter into a baking dish or a casserole dish and spread it evenly at the bottom of the dish using a spatula.
Step 9: Pour the prepared peach mixture and spread it evenly on the batter as well.
Step 10: Place the casserole dish in a preheated oven at 375-degree F for about 40 minutes or until the batter gets a nice golden-brown color.
Step 11: Once it is cooked, remove it from the oven and serve.
Tips for perfect vegan peach cobbler
Here are a few things you should keep in mind when making vegan peach cobbler:
- Make sure the peaches you choose are fresh and juicy.
- If you are choosing frozen peaches, make sure you thaw them completely before cooking them.
- Once you take the cobbler out of the oven, let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. This way, the cake will absorb the natural juices of the peaches.
- For crumbly and dry batter results, make sure you don’t use a lot of non-dairy milk. If the dough is wet, the biscuit won’t be flaky and crumbly.
- You can use tapioca starch or arrowroot starch instead of corn starch.
Can you make a vegan peach cobbler ahead of time?
For the freshest tastiest flavor, I suggest you make a fresh batch every time. However, you can prepare peaches ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for a day or two.
This way, making the batter and assembling the cobbler will be quick and easy.
How to store Vegan Peach Cobbler?
You can easily store the leftover cobbler in the refrigerator. Place it in an air-tight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will be good to go for about three days in the refrigerator.
Furthermore, you can also freeze the cobbler. Place it in the freezer, and it will stay good for about four months; when you want to eat it, thaw it and reheat it in the oven at 400-degree F for 20 minutes.
How to serve vegan fruit cobbler?
The best way to serve the vegan cobbler is by topping it with vegan vanilla ice cream or coconut whipping cream. Garnish with fresh fruit slices, nuts, and toasted coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Vegan Peach Cobbler
- 4 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches – frozen peaches can be used too
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp corn starch
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp. melted vegan butter
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- ¾ cup non-dairy milk
- Preheat oven to 375°F
- In a medium pan, on medium heat add peaches, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and cornstarch (mix corn starch with little water to make a slurry)
- Bring to a slow boil or until sugar is melted and peach juices are released
- Remove from heat and set aside
- In a medium bowl add all dry ingredients and whisk together
- Make a well in the middle and all the milk and vanilla extract. Combine
- Add melted butter and mix
- In a 2-quart casserole dish add the batter and spread
- Pour in the peach sauce until evenly spread
- Bake in a 375°F oven for 40mins or until the batter is golden brown