Traditional Peach Cobbler and a Blog Birthday Giveaway!

August 11, 2013


This week Espresso and Cream celebrates another birthday. It’s really hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for four years this August. When I started this blog as a college intern at Better Homes and Gardens magazine I had no clue I would be blogging and documenting my life in and out of the kitchen four years later. This site has come along for a crazy ride and lots of changes over the past four years, including a college graduation, the start of a new relationship, an engagement, welcoming little Nutmeg into our family, a marriage, two apartments, buying our first home. You get the idea.

If you’ve followed along since the early days of this site, thank you, thank you! I appreciate being able to swap comments, e-mails and share stories about life with you all. And if you’re a newer reader, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll visit often and take some time to say hello. Sometimes I wonder if this little hobby of mine is even worth it, or if it’s all a big waste of time that could be better spent elsewhere. But when I am able to share something close to my heart and have others express similar sentiments, it makes it all worth it. Can I say thank you again?


To celebrate Espresso and Cream turning four I made this peach cobbler. And I have a fun little giveaway in store for you, too. Joe’s mom brought us a big bag of peaches a few weeks ago and they’ve been sitting in our fridge ever since. I’ve been dying to make a peach cobbler, but the idea of peeling peaches kept me from getting into the kitchen. I finally decided to say heck with peeling peaches and just threw them in there with the skin on. Since neither of us really mind peach skin, it suited us just fine. But you might want to consider peeling them if you feel differently.

Although I typically gravitate to making crisps with a buttery, crispy topping for fruit desserts, this biscuit-like dish with a cobbler topping was outstanding. We’re talking seriously good here, folks. I was initially thrown off by the fact that you add boiling water to the cobbler topping, but don’t worry, the results are incredible. It’s flaky, soft and melt-in-your-mouth good. It’s certainly good enough to serve for a fourth birthday celebration.


If you’re still reading, it’s giveaway time! Since this giveaway is in celebration of a birthday, I’m going to be sending one lucky reader a birthday box filled with some of my favorite beauty products, snack foods and other goodies I’ve been loving lately. But since it’s a birthday gift of sorts, the actual contents of the box will remain a secret until you receive the gift. Pretty fun, right? To enter, leave a comment below letting me know your favorite summer dessert. We had a patio party with root beer floats last night at our house and it was just the taste of summer I needed! I’ll announce a winner on Wednesday, August 14th!

Traditional Peach Cobbler
Makes 4 generous servings or 6 smaller servings
Recipe adapted from AllRecipes.com

Peach Filling
8 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced (you could peel them, but I opted not to and thought it tasted great
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Biscuit Topper
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup boiling water

Heat oven to 425Ā°F.

In large bowl, combine all the peach filling ingredients. Pour mixture into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate or 2 quart baking dish. Bake filling without topping for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and butter. Use pastry cutter or fingers to blend butter into the flour until a coarse meal forms. Stir in boiling water until just combined.

Remove filling from oven. Drop spoonfuls of biscuit topping on top of peach filling. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Baking!

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  • Beth

    I just found your blog. Very nice! This summer we’ve been enjoying root beer float Popsicles.
    Just as fun as your party – I’m sure.

  • Ana

    I love ice cream!, I love it year round, but in summer it’s especially fun!

  • Jackie

    White peach pie!

  • Madison, I just have to say that if you ever quit blogging I will be very sad. šŸ˜‰ It has been such a joy the past few years to read along and I’m certainly looking forward to many more. Thanks for such a fantastic place to find recipes, read about things you love and most of all, being intentional about living your faith out loud.

    Oh, and for summer my favorite dessert is honestly just grilled fruit! Simple but perfect.

  • Anastasia

    I thought my favorite summer dessert was strawberry shortcake, but after seeing pics of your peach cobbler, I may have to change my mind! Yum!!! Happy blog birthday!! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah Jane

    My favorite summer dessert by far is a good old fashioned s’more out by the campfire. Congrats on four years!

  • Jessica L.

    One of the best desserts I had this summer was Smitten Kitchen’s peach and pecan sandy crumble. Holy amazing. I do always love a bowl of ice cream, though šŸ™‚

  • DessertForTwo

    Happy anniversary! I love your blog; you know this šŸ™‚

    My favorite summer dessert is angel food cake, lemon curd and fresh raspberries šŸ™‚

  • Laura

    My favorite is blackberry cobbler!

  • Katie

    My fave summer dessert is ice cream. Homemade, store bought, it’s all good :). Love the blog, keep up the great work!!

  • Allison Privitt

    Wow fours years of blogging, impressive! My favorite summertime dessert would have to be chocolate zucchini cake!!

  • Melissa Newby

    I’ve been following you for a while now and LOVE your blog! I appreciate your recipes that focus on maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I made a peach and blueberry crisp the other night that was similar to this recipe. That crisp with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream is my favorite dessert right now!!

  • Blackberry Cobbler!

  • Kristen Turner

    Congrats on 4 years. My favorite is key lime pie!

  • Kaylene

    Congrats on 4 years! I absolutely love fresh strawberry and rhubarb pie. Yum!

  • Leah

    My favorite summer time dessert is actually grilled peaches with cinnamon on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Yum!

  • Melanie

    Congratulations, Espresso & Cream! I’m so happy I found this blog! My favorite summer dessert has to be strawberry shortcake since strawberries are in season!

  • Jenny

    I love blueberry-peach crisp! Always a winner in our house.

  • C Barr

    Frozen yogurt!

  • Kristin

    Strawberry shortcake! I’ve been reading for 2 years. Congrats Madison!

  • Kelly

    Strawberry shortcake! šŸ™‚

  • S. J.

    Happy blog birthday!! I love strawberry rhubarb pie!!

  • Colleen @ Miss Petite Sweets

    My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake!

  • Andrea

    I’m a fan of any kind of fruit crisp, but I think blueberry peach cobbler is my favorite!

  • Julia

    angel food cake with berries and whipped cream! yum. although i’ll happily eat any dessert. congrats on blogging for so long! i really enjoy all your posts, and as a newbie blogger and longtime reader, have admired your diligence to quality writing and delicious recipes. keep up the good work! šŸ™‚

  • Meg

    My favorite summer recipe is a toss-up between strawberry shortcake and blackberry dumplings! Congrats on 4 years of blogging!

  • Krystina

    Happy blog birthday! You’re incredibly generous and kind to do such an awesome giveaway. My favorite summer dessert would have to be a tie between strawberry shortcake and s’mores. šŸ™‚

  • Molly

    I love making and eating a blueberry pie- so good!

  • Melissa

    Happy Birthday E&C! Four years of blogging is quite the accomplishment, way to go! I could go for watermelon and strawberries for dessert but rhubarb pie is a favorite here too.

  • disqus_fEJWxbEgVP

    love making cherry slab pie

  • Weedwacker

    My favorite summer dessert is homemade ice cream…dark chocolate!!

  • Caitlin

    Fave summer dessert = strawberry shortcake!

  • Vicky

    Fresh strawberry shortcake all the way!

  • ShannonLC

    Happy Blog Birthday To You!! You just made me realize I have not had a root beer float yet this year. I must change that! My favorite summer dessert has to a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with fresh berries. Simple but delish!

  • Amy Nghe

    Congrats on 4 years! My favorite summer dessert is a berry trifle cake with fresh whip cream layers!

  • Jenny Lee

    Definitely ice cream! chocolate…with caramel

  • Ellie

    Frozen yogurt!!

  • Stacey Erickson

    Strawberry shortcake!

  • Christine Teo

    Happy Happy 4th Anniversary !

    My favourite summer is Frozen Fruit Popsicle

    Thank you for the giveaway

  • Charlotte

    Anything with peaches is my favorite dessert during the summer so this recipe is perfect!

  • Caitlin Murphy

    My favorite summer dessert is a mixed berry cobbler with real vanilla ice cream!

  • Deb Vander Weide

    Happy 4th Anniversary!!I love fresh peach pie with real whipping cream!

  • Ashli

    I’m a sucker for a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie that is soft on the inside and crisp on the outside.

  • Stephanie

    It has been a pleasure reading along for 4 years šŸ™‚ My favorite summer dessert is strawberry lemon trifle, with angel food cake, homemade lemon pudding and fresh whipped cream!!

  • Lexi

    My favorite summer dessert (ok year round too) is Cherry Coffecake. It’s amazing warm out of the oven or cold straight from the fridge. Congrats! I’ve been following your blog for over a year but I wish I would have found it earlier.

  • poiresauchocolat

    Happy four years! It’s been wonderful to follow along for the past few years šŸ™‚ This peach cobbler looks delicious! (and don’t worry about the giveaway, lovely as it sounds!)

  • Krisla

    fave summer dessert is definitely grilled peaches with cinnamon!

  • Kristen

    Ice Cream. Is there anything better than cold ice cream on a hot day?

  • Kristen

    Ice Cream!

  • Kelly L

    I love lemon meringue pie in the summer- it’s something that my grandmother used to bake for me. I’m working on perfecting it!

  • Ali Grace Eiland

    Homemade ice cream with any sort of cobbler or crisp. Yum!

  • Anne

    It has to be pie! I haven’t actually made one yet this summer…I’m super pregnant and just too lazy!

  • Yay happy 4 years! So glad I found your blog way back then:-)

    This looks fantastic. I also usually chose crisps for summer fruit, especially berries.

  • Holly

    My absolute favorite summer dessert is fresh peach slices with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Actually, I should say it’s my favorite summer meal since I could have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

  • greensnchocolate

    Happy blog birthday!! This cobbler looks delicious…I love any and all cobblers/crisps/crumbles in the summer!

  • Page Alexander

    Happy 4th blog birthday! I made Smitten Kitchen’s hot fudge sundae cake this weekend for a birthday party and everyone went nuts! I love a good ice cream cake during the summer heat šŸ™‚

  • Abby

    Happy blog birthday! Been reading since the beginning….love it! And my favorite summer dessert is definitely homemade ice cream

  • Laura Wifler

    Congrats Madison! This little hobby of yours is definitely worth it. šŸ™‚ My fav summer dessert has to be the cobbler you made us when we had dinner at your place. I’ve made it at least five or six times since then – it’s my new go-to!

  • Sarah Dillard

    Happy Blog birthday! My favorite summer dessert is my grandmother’s blueberry cake, closely followed by peach crisp with vanilla ice cream!

  • Ashley

    I love anything involving summer fruit – cobblers especially!

  • Tiffany S

    My fave summer dessert is definitely s’mores!

  • Heather

    Fun! I love fruit pies in the summer šŸ™‚

  • Katie Niekamp

    I love fruit cobblers in the summer!

  • grace

    what a thoughtful giveaway! i’m always all about strawberry shortcake in the summer.

  • Miranda

    I love s’mores in the summer, especially with Nutella instead of chocolate!

  • Bknowsitall

    Happy Blog birthday! Congrats and thank you for all the great posts and content. My favorite summer dessert is a homemade ice cream sandwich!

  • Amanda O.

    S’mores at a summer bonfire! Congrats on 4 years!

  • Allison Rae Gollhofer

    I love Rhubarb cake! Always need a good rhubarb dessert every summer.

  • whitney

    this is a superly great giveaway šŸ™‚ so fun! i LOVE strawberry shortcake. It’s the best!

  • Kristel

    I am so happy that you have another year to celebrate. I love reading your blog! My favorite summer desert is an early one- chocolate angel food cake and strawberries.

  • Andrea

    My favorite is definitely ice cream or frozen yogurt!

  • Sue h

    Strawberry shortcake

  • Whitney

    If strawberry rhubarb crisp is a springtime dessert, then perhaps something with plums in it for summer? I just love a bit of tartness in my desserts!

  • Kristen B

    I love all the fruit based desserts for summer! Even a simple fruit salad with some mint can be so refreshing and delicous. You can also never go wrong with some ice cream, preferably Jeni’s šŸ™‚ Happy blog birthday!

  • kim@hungryhealthygirl

    I love ice cream or froyo in the summer, well, actually anytime!! Happy blog birthday!

  • Kristen

    Fresh fruit is our favorite summer dessert- so easy and delicious, can’t get enough while a lot of this stuff is in season!

  • Marissa

    Love fruit desserts! Peach berry pie or crisp is pretty much perfect.

  • Jamie

    Gotta say- peach cobbler!

  • agodfashionedlife

    My favorite summer dessert is Blackberry/Marionberry Crisp. Hope you’re having a fantastic summer Madison.


  • Ashley Huisman

    Happy birthday, Espresso & Cream! Thanks for sharing so much of your journey and creativity, Madison! As for dessert…I don’t think I could pass up a piece of rhubarb crisp šŸ™‚

  • Diane B

    Happy birthday! My favorite summer dessert is peach pie! Homemade crust of course

  • Katherine Kelly

    Happy birthday to E&C! I love this blog and think you are amazing. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas, recipes and thoughts. My favorite summer dessert is ice cream or any peach/fruit flavored pie or cobbler!

  • Maureen

    I love Cherries so Cherry pie is great but the lemon squares are fabulous too.

  • megan hawkins

    I love ice cream in the summer (and, to be honest, all year long)!

  • Janay Campin

    My favorite summer ‘dessert’ is the frozen lemonades you can get at amusement parks, festivals etc. They’re the best thing to have on a hot summer day! šŸ™‚

  • Jenn Mietla

    I’m usually not big on peaches, but that cobbler looks fantastic!
    Peaches are my MIL’s favorite, so maybe I will make it for her the next
    time they visit. My favorite summer dessert would probably have to be
    strawberry shortcake – with lots of whipped cream!

  • Nikki

    I LOVE ice cream!!! Homemade is my favorite right now and we’re making rootbeer floats tonight. Soo good. I’m hoping hoping hoping I win the prize since my birthday is coming up!

  • jana

    Homemade ice cream is the first one that springs to mind, but you can’t beat pies made with summer berries!

  • rebecca

    My favorite summer dessert is a berry glace pie! My mom makes one every summer for the 4th of July and I look forward to it all year!

  • Mindy

    Congrats on four years!

    I just made my summer favorite last week. It’s called Rhubarb Takes The Cake and it’s similar to a coffee cake. I could eat the entire pan in one setting. SO good.

  • Alisa Link

    My all time favorite summer dessert is Tropical Sno… I love to bake, but something about that icey sugary concoction brings me back. One summer in High School my bestie and I went frisbee golfing and got sno cones EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY DAY! Back when incomes were for treats and not rent…

  • Yashica

    Winter, summer, spring, fall……I love peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!!!

  • Rebekah Netten

    If I had to chose just one, I would pick a homemade chocolate malt with popcorn as my favorite summer dessert! In the Netten household, it is sometimes a meal. šŸ™‚

  • Carolyn

    Congrats on the 4th blog bday! I’m a new reader, but have loved all the recipes I’ve tried so far from your blog!! Tofu banana pudding…how can something so good be so good for you?!! My summer dessert is any cobbler ala mode….peach, cherry, blackberry, love em all!

  • Jenna

    Smores with a peanut butter cup and apple slices instead of graham crackers!

  • Jenna

    I’ve loved reading your blog since you started back in college. Congrats on how far it’s come! Homemade almond dutch letter ice cream is my favorite summer treat!

  • Kelli

    Congratulations on the blog birthday! How exciting!
    My favorite summer time treat is homemade ice cream sandwiches! I can never decide between eating a cookie or ice cream, and this way…I don’t have to. šŸ™‚

  • Sonya J

    My favorite summer desert is frozen yogurt, especially Menchies! It’s so refreshing and cool on a warm summer night. šŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    Strawberry/Rhubarb Crisp is my favorite served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream šŸ˜€

  • Tim’s cherry chocolate chip ice cream! And happy birthday, E & C!

  • brittany

    i love going to kiwi, a frozen yogurt place, and getting all my favorite toppings! such a fun thing to do with friends! and happy birthday, so exciting that you have been blogging for four years šŸ™‚

  • Cellabella

    This is perfect timing because I was looking for a nectarine cobbler recipe!! I know yours is a peach cobbler, but it should be okay to sub, right? My favorite summer dessert is a peach/nectarine/berry cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream šŸ™‚

  • Maddy

    Happy Blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years, congratulations!! My favorite dessert is homemade ice cream. Any flavor will do, I just love ice cream!

  • Marissa Frederick

    Key lime pie!!

  • disqus_xgIydPONRP

    happy blog birthday! i am a sucker for molten chocolate cakes in little ramekins šŸ™‚ delicious and so so easy.

  • Brindi B

    Summer…I love anything with peaches. But since you featured a peach cobbler, I’ll say ice cream!

  • Jen

    Vanilla ice cream with berries!!

  • Amy

    Congrats on another year! For me-anything ice cream related! yummm

  • Carissa

    August is a great month, the birthday of EC, my husband and I’s anniversary, and my birthday! My favorite summer dessert should have berries and definitely ice cream as well. Happy Birthday to Espresso and Cream! šŸ™‚

  • Chelsy

    I’m totally a fruit crisp kinda gal. My latest fave is strawberry & peach crisp w/ a crumbly oat walnut topping and a big scoop of Blue Bell homemade vanilla!

  • Guest

    Strawberry shortcake ALLL the way.

  • Kayleigh

    Strawberry shortcake alll the way.

  • Sandra

    A fruit crostada…..or strawberries with Nutella!

  • LindsayK

    Ice cream sandwiches are my absolute favorite!

  • Anne

    I’m torn between blackberry cobbler and frozen yogurt with oreos and heath bar!

  • Leslie Chui

    Strawberry shortcake! Or apple crisp in the fall šŸ™‚

  • Kristen D

    Happy Blog birthday! Strawberry shortcake has been my favorite summer dessert since I was a child. Thankfully, my grandma handed down her delicious shortcake recipe to me!

  • Nikki

    I love ice cream sandwiches made with McDonalds yogurt with the cookies heated a little. yum Happy Birthday and I love your blog. I enjoy reading it very much.

  • Michelle

    Ice cream is always a winner in my book. But I do love stone fruit crisps and cobblers!

  • Cara

    Fro Yo is my go to summer dessert! I crave it all summer long

  • Marilyn

    Happy Blog Birthday! My favorite summer dessert is Strawberry Shortcake!

  • Jessica

    Yummy! My favorite summer dessert is anything involving ice cream. There’s an ice cream place by my house (Sebastian Joe’s…you have to try it if you haven’t already) that serves the best Oreo ice cream and blueberry mint sorbet. So good!

  • Paulie

    Blackberry cobbler is my favorite. Just had a slice this weekend!

  • Lexy

    Bananas foster is my favorite!

  • Alison Lambert

    Happy 4th birthday! My favorite summer dessert is homemade ice cream…any kind! šŸ™‚

  • Julie @ RunninginaSkirt

    Happy 4th Birthday! My favorite is Ice Cream– any kind!

  • Amanda C

    Happy Blogiversary! My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake. And bluberry shortcake which is a fun twist on the classic.

  • Stacey

    Happy blog birthday! My favorite summer dessert would have to be ice cream cones from none other than McDonalds.

  • Jamie

    Happy Blog Birthday! I love watermelon!

  • Shannon Benson

    Happy Blog Birthday!!! I love strawberry shortcakes as a nice summer treat! šŸ™‚

  • Libby Luecke

    Happy Blog Birthday!! I so do appreciate your blog and I love reading about your life and trying your fun recipes. So don’t stop! My favorite summer dessert is anything ice cream related!

  • rachel

    I love chocolate ice cream with hot fudge. Or s’mores!

  • Bridget Miller

    this cobbler looks wonderful! I, too am not a big fan of the biscuit-y top, but I will have to try this one! In the summer, I prefer either a sliced peach with a drizzle of cream or s’mores. YUM. YUM. YUM.

  • Erika Romaine

    My favorite summer dessert is fresh strawberries with whipped cream!

  • SJ Eller

    I think I may actually prefer my cobbler with the skin on – extra texture! Last summer I made mango pineapple frozen yogurt, and man did it hit the spot! I think that’s my current favorite summer desert. šŸ™‚

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  • Elizabeth Downie

    My favorite is homemade ice cream! I have been making a lot of it with my ice cream maker this summer! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Congrats Madison! My favorite is Blue Bell ice cream – especially the strawberry cheesecake flavor.

  • Michellanne Deutsch

    I love reading your blog! You have a style of writing that is unpretentious and inviting, and the recipe you posted back in the fall for applesauce cake was wonderful.

    My favorite summer dessert is this chocolate peanut butter buckeye ice cream I’ve been eating too much of lately, from a little ice cream shack in Maryland.

  • Ashton Graves

    My family owns peach orchards, so how could I not LOVE peaches? My favorite summer dessert is homemade vanilla ice cream with fresh peaches on top. Add my great grandmother’s pound cake to that and you have a real winner!

  • Robyn

    Strawberry shortcake and blueberry pie are my favorite summer desserts!

  • Ashley

    Happy day Esspresso and Cream! What an adventure you have been on Madison!
    This summer Popsicles have been a favorite, especially lime flavored!

  • Lindsey

    Congrats on the blog!!! My favorite summer dessert is homemade
    banana pudding! Mmmmm yummy!

  • Sarah Vetter

    Summer desserts.. it’s hard to pick one. I’d have to say s’mores, just for my love on bonfires on summer nights!

  • Laura

    cherry pie with sour pie cherries from my parent’s cherry tree.

  • Kathy

    Strawberry & Rhubarb crisp topped with homemade vanilla ice cream – yum!

  • Vitaliya

    Handcranked strawberry yogurt ice cream, awww! How I want some now! šŸ™‚

  • Cory

    Cobblers, crisps and buckles. My favorite part of late summer and early fall!

  • Rachel

    Any type of fruit crisp with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum-yum!

  • Jennie

    Summer means rhubarb desserts in our house! Our favorite is my grandma’s rhubarb torte with a meringue topping…yum!