Deep dish peach cobblers for two

By Katherine

Simple cleanup skills there

When I moved into a dorm with a kitchen in college, one of the first things I tried to make was the soft, warm, doughy drop biscuits my parents just whipped right up almost every night for dinner. They always did so by feel. They knew how much flour and milk to add to get the perfect consistency. I tried and tried, made many a pancake and a few rocks, called home to consult again and again, until finally it struck me. I could just use a recipe. Years later, I still always use a recipe for biscuits. Perhaps, because I don’t make them as much, I cannot do it by feel.

Cooking for two poses challenges. Since most recipes are designed to make more servings, we tend to have a lot of leftovers. While it’s easy to cook fewer vegetables or less meat, there are some family recipes we only have for company, like Greg’s lasagna. Dessert is also a big deal in a house of two, especially since Greg doesn’t have a huge sweet tooth. Forget about baking a huge cake, it’ll get stale before I can finish it off even though I’m quite good at eating cake. The freezer, go ahead and stash some leftover desserts there if you can find a place between the limoncello, the frozen fruit and vegetables and pesto and peppers and chicken legs, thighs breasts…. We end up foisting a lot of desserts on coworkers and friends. Although, we did manage to eat that entire fig tart by ourselves.

So when I was craving peach cobbler recently, I reached for my handy copy of Ratio to make a small biscuit topping for two small cobblers. (If one can call a cup and a half dish small.)  Our peaches were very ripe, so I didn’t add much sugar. Feel free to throw more into the topping or peaches for a sweeter dessert.

Peach cobbler (on a smaller scale)

  • 4 peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, plus one tbsp
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sugar

In a medium sized bowl, toss peaches with cinnamon and two tablespoons of sugar. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Cut butter into flour mix, until crumbly. Add sugar and 1/3 cup of buttermilk. Stir to incorporate. Add the rest of the buttermilk if desired. (If using regular milk you may need closer to 2/3 cups of liquid.) The mix will be wet, more of a drop biscuit or almost a cake batter consistency. Preheat oven to 350. Divide peaches between two 12-ounce dishes. Smooth half of the batter over top, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet lined with foil. (There will be leaking, see exhibit A from Greg above.) Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tops are golden. They will rise in the oven and fall somewhat and crack once they’re cooled.

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94 Responses to Deep dish peach cobblers for two

  1. Katherine, we have the same problem with only two people in our house now! This recipe sounds yummy – peach cobbler is my favorite cobbler! Well, or pie, crumble, etc.!

  2. Alison says:

    These look so good I really wish I had some peaches in the house right now…

  3. I can so relate! I’ve always cooked for an army and now it’s just the two of us most of the time. My friends get a lot of things and the food sucker aka FoodSaver has become one of my most used appliances.

  4. These look great! I may have to look into getting a copy of Ratio!

  5. The only problem I would have making this recipe is sharing it with my wife. :-)

  6. Carrie says:

    Those look delicious!

  7. A_Boleyn says:

    As the peach crumble I made on Saturday (yesterday) is all gone, even though we’re only a 2 person household as well, I’m tempted to use some of the peaches in the basket for this cause it looks so tasty. :) But I have to make a vanilla bean cheesecake for my nephew’s birthday tomorrow. Darn it!

  8. JamieAnne says:

    Yum! Looks great and I love the small baking dishes. So cute!

  9. Kristy says:

    I saw your title sitting in my inbox and I thought “Whoa! Wow!” Then I saw the photo. Oye vey! I need this dessert right now. Seriously. Right now. ;) Yum!!!! (And I love these retro dishes – you guys have a lot that I remember from growing up.)

    • Katherine says:

      My parents had the white CorningWare with the brown flowers. I think you either had the brown or the green. They’re so much at stores right now. These are Pyrex and a friend gave them to me.

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    There’s nothing like a good peach cobbler and leave it to you to give us the recipe for a good peach cobbler. Yum!

  11. I love your dishes! Great recipe for 2 servings.
    Have a happy week. :-) Mandy

  12. rsmacaalay says:

    Looks like I would crave for that cobbler as well after staring at that photo.

  13. Loads of the recipes on my blog are designed for two because I made most of them when I lived with my girlfriend at uni – also a Katherine. It can be difficult to follow recipes and cook for two, but it; easier if you make up your own recipes :D. This cobbler looks really amazing.

  14. My mum cooks by feel too and it is impossible to get an exact recipe for most of her dishes..
    so I have to look for recipes if I have to make a childhood favorite..
    a cobbler for two is truely a dream come true!
    Thank you!

    • Katherine says:

      Thanksgiving stuffing was the worst. My parents do that by feel and getting the process the first few years was tough.

      • A_Boleyn says:

        I can relate. My mom’s giblet and rice (aka Dirty Rice) stuffing serves 12. Try dealing with THAT in a 2 person household. :) Luckily I like stuffing better than the turkey itself so I had containers of the stuffing and others with diced dark and white turkey meat stored in the freezer that evening destined for turkey pot pies and turkey soup.

        I like your baking dishes so much. I have traditional white ramekins so I feel pouty.

      • Katherine says:

        I don’t know if that would work with the cornbread and biscuit one I use, but it’d be worth a shot.

  15. Yvette says:

    Great recipe..I can never say no to peaches, I love them, such a great stone fruit.

  16. ericascime says:

    I know what you mean about cooking for two. I normally cook for one – myself! – and cooking for my boyfriend as well always feels like a luxury. By the way, this cobbler looks amazing! My family just bought a hamper of perfect peaches so I might have to make this.

  17. Now we know where your expertise in the kitchen has come from! These look terrific!

    • Katherine says:

      That was such a nice thing to say Maris! My parents made some great stuff, but if I have any expertise it’s from eight years of marriage to such a great cook.

  18. SimpleP says:

    That looks really tasty. Love not so small individual portions.

  19. Holly says:

    I Don’t think i’ve ever eaten a cobbler… Sounds pretty lovely though.

    • Katherine says:

      Such a Southern dish. Some of the cobblers here are so wonderful because the crust falls into the fruit and everything gets all mixed together. I haven’t mastered that one.

  20. peasepudding says:

    I know what you mean about cooking for two, I tend to take the rest into work and treat colleagues otherwise I am sure I would manage to get through whole cakes and puddings

    • Katherine says:

      My poor coworkers. I’ve taken some great stuff in, but some failed experiments too. In fairness, the liked my “Mississippi mud thingy.”

  21. For my husband’s 60th, we had peach cobbler. These deep dish ones would definitely be a yum for him.

  22. sallybr says:

    For this exact reason, I once bought a book to make single servings or two servings of desserts – strangely enough, it sits on my shelf, unused. Go figure. I guess we end up making our graduate students very happy, and take all our desserts to the lab, minus two small slices ;-)

    Your dishes are too cute!

  23. Love your dishes, love the recipe, love the portions….oh heck, I think I´m a little bit in love with you both ;)

  24. Judy says:

    Leftovers can be overwhelming when there is only two of you, or even when you’re down to the last kiddo at home and you are used to cooking for 5-6, it takes a while to adjust. These cobblers look fantastic, I am thoroughly enjoying peach season, looks like you are too. :)

  25. nrhatch says:

    Looks YUMMY! And much better than a pie for two people.

  26. Kelly says:

    Love, love, love the dishes (so great!) and your peach cobblers look delish… beautiful, ripe ingredients and low sugar – perfect.

  27. Or in my case peach cobbler for one! LOL! Not sure if I would let hubby have the second! It looks amazing. the oozy goodness dripping off the side and the idea of taking a bite out of fresh juicy sweet peaches! Heaven!

    • Katherine says:

      If he really loves you, he’d let you have both! Ha.

    • A_Boleyn says:

      “For one” is a repeating refrain … so I learned to make cheese souffle for 1 or 2 (as the 2nd one can sit in the fridge til the next day). Now I have to learn to do that same with chocolate souffle.

  28. Didn’t know about the book Ratio, I’ve just been ‘winging it’ when cutting our old family-style recipies down for two. Will be ordering my own copy, and soon!

    Love the vintage Pyrex. It’ll make my daughter jealous…

    • Katherine says:

      A friend was going to sell those at a yard sale, am so glad I spotted them first. The book is really going to help me. I get ideas for things sometimes and no matter how many recipes I see, I just can’t find that one. Like a mint chocolate sauce the other week… I didn’t want to use corn syrup, didn’t have cream. Had to wing it.

  29. spicegirlfla says:

    Mmmm… I love this dessert! and, your dessert cups too! I too have an issue with full size desserts, my son, believe it or not, is not one to eat sweets! I have to get that book altho my coworkers will not like it as they are always the ones sharing my desserts!!

    • Katherine says:

      Ha, this is the dessert I was making when your name came up! Greg suggested I add Grand Marnier and I think he told you the rest. Normally, I’m on board, but this is just such a simple dessert. I still have to make your limoncello biscotti.

  30. Ginger says:

    Cobblers are one of my favorite desserts :) I’d have to quadruple your recipe though, sweets go super fast in our home!

    • Katherine says:

      Or better yet, don’t. Make everyone share. Let’s call it the peach cobbler diet plan and split the profits, ha! OK, really it’d be quite easy to double or more!

  31. ceciliag says:

    Hi Katherine, I know what you mean about cooking for two. I am hopeless. I come from a very large family and consequently with my new family of two, we have some VERY well fed chickens! c

  32. Caroline says:

    I would gladly help you eat that second peach cobbler. You just let me know when and where, and I’m there. ;) Looks delicious.

  33. I really needed a great peach cobbler recipe and I love that is one is a take on a family recipe. Those you made are perfectly golden and fluffy looking and the peach juice oozing out the sides is definitely begging for a finger to be dipped in. YUM!

  34. Cute baking dishes! This looks so yummy. You’ve had so many peach things lately- I need to try these before peach season is over!!

  35. ambrosiana says:

    What an excellent idea for two to share!!! And very romantic too!!!

  36. Charles says:

    Now that is one heck of a “deep” dish! I wish I had some dishes like that… I always find it funny, I can look around my parents’ kitchen and find just about any dish I could ever need. Of course when you’re younger and starting to get your home together you need to find ways to get everything together from scratch :(

    • Katherine says:

      Ha, for years I got Greg things for Christmas that we needed in the kitchen. After 8 years of marriage, our kitchen is looking pretty good. But I still have some ideas. Of course, this type of dish he could care less about. I’m the one who likes the vintage stuff and can always find one more reason for it.

  37. brambleoak says:

    Looks so good!!!

  38. ....RaeDi says:

    Now you have done it, peach cobbler is my all time favorite! With a little scoop of vanilla ice cream while it is still pretty warm, I can taste it right now! I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but love to bake, I will eat a bite or two and the rest is up to T, friends and neighbors to finish off. Love the dishes! This looks delicious!! We are right now picking blackberries, for a couple of days (a hour or each day wash, put on baking sheet and freeze and when they are all finished will decide how many to use in what, but you know what is good with blackberries… peaches mix together in pies or cobbler… I am getting hungry now! ….RaeDi

  39. Christina says:

    Love, love, love peaches! This cobbler looks amazing! I like that it is on the small scale too. It is just my husband and I so many times I cut recipes in half and sometimes thirds. It is hard to scale down everything so we have many well fed neighbors and coworkers. :D

  40. This looks so good and I love peaches, too. I need to get some small serving dishes like those. I always make enough for an army when I cook and need to learn how to cut back.

  41. Jenny liu says:

    That looks sooooooo good! I want to try every of your recipe! seriously!

  42. Of course you both know I can’t eat peaches.. But I can totally see myself substituting these peaches with apples.. Decadent and wonderful.. and with ice cream :)

  43. Sissi says:

    These cracked and leaking peach desserts look irresistible. I love the cute baking dishes!

  44. eva626 says:

    if i was you, id change the title to: ‘two deep dish peach cobblers for ONE’ haha

  45. midaevalmaiden says:

    I made single serving packets of a peach cobler dish very similar to this, by throwing ingedients into a tin foil wrap and substituting guick oatmeal for the batter. Then I grilled them beside the steaks. I too marvel at those who can handle the ratios by feel, biscuits always distress me with their tricky ratios.

    LOVE that photo.

  46. that looks so yummy! :) thank you for sharing this!

  47. randommanda says:

    There is something about individual dishes for desert that warms my heart! This picture is gorgeous, with all of that yummy filling overflowing down the side of the dishes; I can almost smell the apples!

  48. This is perfect for summer/autumn season! I need to get my hands on some peaches!

  49. Love this! I am always looking for recipes for two. :) August was the month of peaches in my Seasonal Potluck. Would love if you’d share this recipe! http://wp.me/p1vvGp-aH

  50. I love the idea of these small (ish) individual puddings. How lovely.

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