For this Texas Hill Country peach and strawberry cobbler, juicy unpeeled (yay for no peeling!) peaches are combined with luscious in-season strawberries and set atop layers of browned butter and cobbler batter. Summer dessert heaven!

When the air is dripping with humidity and we’re too naïve to turn on the air conditioning thinking that, at some point, there’s got to be a breeze, there’s nothing I like more than throwing together a dessert in 10 minutes of prep time. 

Well, I guess there’s one thing better than that: a dessert with gorgeous summer fruit plus browned butter and a hefty sprinkle of brown sugar.

All baked together, a little magic happens in the oven. And yes, the downfall of desserts like this one on the hottest nights of the summer is that you need to turn the oven on.

I get it. But sometimes you just NEED cobbler with ice cream!

Take this classic peach cobbler with sugared biscuit topping, for instance. When peaches are at their peak ripeness, it’s the middle of August here in New England and it’s nothing but HOT. Rest assured, that doesn’t stop me from cranking up the oven for that cobbler!

The Magic Cobbler

Since this Hill Country peach and strawberry cobbler recipe is made backwards with the fruit on top and the batter on the bottom, you’d never think this recipe would work correctly. But it does! 

You’ll spread a cobbler batter over a layer of brown butter and then watch it rise to the top of the baking dish with the help of some baking powder and heat from the oven. The batter will nestle the fruit underneath it. It’s such a fun way to make cobbler!

Quite possibly the best part of the process is when the batter mixes with the brown sugar-coated fruit and browns up with crunchy sugar edges. The result is an utterly divine and not overly sweet dessert.

Cobbler with Ice Cream is a Must!

If you really want push it to the next level, add a scoop of ice cream. I mean, can you really eat fruit cobbler without ice cream??

The ice cream we scooped alongside this cobbler was homemade cinnamon-vanilla bean and it almost overshadowed the cobbler. Almost. 

This peach and strawberry cobbler is by far the high point of my day when I make it and since I can use virtually any kind of fruit in place of the peaches and strawberries (fresh or frozen!), you can hedge your bets that I’ll be making this cobbler even into the fall after we go apple picking and when pears are back in-season.

My pal Josie chose this recipe as her choice for Project Pastry Queen this week so make sure you head on over to Pink Parsley to check out her version!

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Texas Hill Country Peach and Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

Texas Hill Country Peach and Strawberry Cobbler Recipe

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Texas Hill Country peach and strawberry cobbler is a long name for an incredible summer dessert. This recipe hails from the Texas Hill Country where peaches are king each year and this dessert is a keeper for sure. Juicy unpeeled peaches are combined with luscious in-season strawberries that are set atop layers of browned butter and cobbler batter. Then watch the magic happen in the oven as the batter rises to the top of the dish and browns up to sugary cobbler perfection.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Set an 8-inch square baking dish aside.
  2. Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a small sauce pan until it becomes bubbly and turns a nutty-brown color. You're essentially browning the butter here so watch it carefully to prevent it from burning. (And it will burn quickly!) Pour the butter into the baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir the granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and milk together. Gently pour the mixture over the butter, but do not stir it into the butter.
  4. Carefully arrange the peaches and strawberries evenly on top of the batter - don't bother making them neat but don't press them into the batter either - and sprinkle the fruit with the cinnamon and then the brown sugar.
  5. Bake the cobbler for 40 to 45 minutes, until the batter has risen to the top to cover the fruit and it is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or at room temperature. Keep any leftovers refrigerated.

Notes

adapted from The Pastry Queen, by Rebecca Rather

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  • June 19, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Holy moly that looks fabulous. The ice cream sounds dreamy as well. Sending you some breeze vibes 🙂 Buzzed!

  • June 19, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    Just beautiful! What a great canvas for all the fresh fruit I find at the farmer’s market!

  • June 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Beautiful! This is the epitome of summer dessert =D

  • June 19, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Gorgeous and perfect for summer! Now if only we could get some summery weather and peaches around here…

  • June 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I made a peach and strawberry shortcake… this cobbler is right up my alley!

  • June 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Tara, what a gorgeous dessert! I love peach cobbler, so know a strawberry peach cobbler would be just as fabulous!

  • June 20, 2011 at 7:21 AM

    Love the flavor combination! Sounds like a perfect summer dessert!

  • June 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    What a fab idea to add strawberries. and your photo is gorgeous!

  • June 22, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    This looks great! We’re hosting an online seasonal potluck and June is strawberry month! If you’d like to link your recipe, we’d love to have you.

  • June 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    This looks delicious and perfect for summer!

  • Nicole G
    July 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    I made this last week with blueberries and peaches and again today with peaches and strawberries (taking it to my parent’s BBQ tomorrow). It is delicious! So easy, and absolutely divine!!!!

    I will try it again this fall with apples! Cannot wait!

  • August 6, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    i tried this recipe and i LOVED it! soo delicious!! click on my blog to see my version 🙂

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