Schoolhouse Recipes: Peach Cobbler

Cook like an American (from the South), speak like an American...
And just when you thought you couldn't love The English Schoolhouse any more.

I'm from Texas. My husband is Roman. But deep within his soul lives a 62 year-old Black man from the South. He's recognizable by many things...both a liberal and conservative viewpoint of the world, a penchant for good music from back in the day, and a sincere appreciation for southern cooking done right...not to mention this drawl that he has when speaking English that I can only attribute to the couple of years we lived in Texas. And he has this thing for Parliament Funk, but anyway...

As I've mentioned before, I'm not the cook in my house--that's Flaviano's sanctuary. On rare occasions he'll ask for me to cook something specific, and when he does I feel obliged (see: obligated) to do so. The most recent request came the day before yesterday. "Tammy, will you make me some peach cobbler?" I hesitated, "Uh, yeah. Tomorrow."

Though my mom is famous in our neighborhood for frying a mean chicken, peach cobbler was one of my grandma Lula Mae's specialities. One of my biggest regrets is not having paid more attention to her when she cooked cakes, pies, dumplings, and more when I was a kid.

The temperature in Rome has dropped just a tad, the last of the peaches are for sale, and it is the perfect time to make this dish. I cheated a little bit with the's not from scratch, but I can tell you that a new friend from Texas tasted it yesterday and gave me the best compliment.

Here's what happened. I met this woman and her adorable child (who looks a lot like our eldest kid) at Eataly last week. She happens to be from Texas as well. We arranged a playdate for yesterday, and when I texted her to confirm, she replied that she hoped I wouldn't be mad, but that she was just too exhausted and wanted to reschedule. Yeah, I had her number. I texted back something like, "Sure! But you'll miss out on the peach cobbler." She and her daughter were at our house around 6:30. After the first bite she sighed and cooed, "Oooooh, you just took me home."

And let us know if you make it!

You'll need a pan

4 peaches

set the oven to 160 degrees Celsius

melt a little margarine in a tiny pan

peel and slice peaches

grab a lemon

cut and squeeze out a tablespoon of lemon juice

3/4 cup of sugar

bring peaches, sugar, & lemon juice to a boil without stirring
grate in some nutmeg

and cinnamon if you'd like

spread a bit of margarine on the bottom of the pan

grab your dough--
we like this brand because it's dairy-free
first sheet first

spread it out

turn off the heat under your peach filling

and pour it on top of the dough
then cover it with another sheet of dough
I cropped ours a bit

looks fancy, huh?

sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon and/or nutmeg
 and bake 35-40 minutes...
Best served with vanilla ice cream
No, it wasn't like my Grandma Lula Mae's, but it was a good imitation.


  1. I always love reading your recipes. You make me think of home. I try regularly to recreate southern dishes, too. I miss the tastes of home, and my sweet MawMaw's cooking (yep, MawMaw ... it's southern. You understand. :-) ) I've been making peach cobbler this summer too. The recipe I've been using is below. SUPER easy and delish!

    2 cups of sugared fruit
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup milk
    1 cup flour (self-rising) If you use All-Purpose you’ll have to add a pinch of salt, tsp baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda (approx))
    1 stick of butter (I always use salted butter)

    Cut up 2 cups of fruit and coat with ½ to 1 cup of sugar (depends on how sweet your fruit is)

    Preheat oven to 325.

    Place 1 stick of butter in a deep round or oval baking dish and place dish in oven and allow butter to melt and dish to get very hot

    Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, and 1 cup of flour together – this will make a VERY loose batter

    Remove dish from oven and pour batter in (you should start to see the batter bubble if your dish is hot enough)

    Pour fruit including most of the juice over the batter (DO NOT MIX)

    Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden and delicious. (poke the center and check for runny batter)

    Best serve with vanilla ice cream.

    1. I wish Blogger had a like button--better yet, a <3 button. Thank you for your comment! Your MawMaw (love it) would be proud of you sharing that recipe! It's the southern thing to do! I'm gonna try your recipe next time I make this and I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again for reading the blog--we really appreciate it. And feel free to share any other yummy recipes from you or your MawMaw!