National Peach Cobbler Day on April 13 celebrates peach cobbler, the undeniable American classic — it even comes from early European settlers in America! Something we love about cobblers is that there’s basically an endless variety. From classics like peach- and blackberry cobblers, to crisps, crumbles, Brown Betties, and pandowdies — if you have juicy fresh berries and some kind of dough, you have a cobbler!
History of National Peach Cobbler Day
Varieties of pie and cobbler have existed for thousands of years, yet peach cobbler is distinctly tied to early European settlers in America. As Americans pushed into the West and settled the frontier, fruit could be difficult to come by. Simple and easy fruit cobblers became popular dishes for breakfast as well as dessert! It was in the mid-1800s, as westward expansion in America took off, that peach cobbler rose in popularity.
These pioneers had to make do — though preserves and foods with baking powder added weren’t considered fine cuisine, the settlers didn’t have many options and often relied on these ingredients. They would cobble together fruit filling with plain biscuit dough on top, and the result looked like a cobbled street! Lacking real ovens, settlers would use campfire ‘Dutch ovens’ to heat up the dessert.
Cobblers eventually took off in popularity. Today, there are countless varieties of cobblers, including crisps, crumbles, Brown Betties, tarts, and crumbles. What do they have in common? Fruit, sugar, flour, and butter! Despite the variations on the classic, it’s still easy to find old-time recipes for cobbler, just like early Americans would have made. It’s hard to improve on the original!
In the 1950s, the Georgia Peach Council began to promote Peach Cobbler Day in April. This was part of an effort to drive canned peaches sales, as April isn’t the time of year for fresh peaches! Their efforts paid off and the national holiday was born. Since, there have been many celebrations of peach cobbler, including at the Georgia Peach Festival. In 2007, the largest peach cobbler was made at the festival and was more than 11 feet long! Peach cobbler remains a popular and classic American dessert today.
National Peach Cobbler Day timeline
Pie, a precursor to cobbler, is first dreamed up in Rome and consists of meat sealed with oil and flour.
The first recorded mention of the word ‘cobbler’ appears.
Hoping to sell more canned peaches, the Georgia Peach Council promotes Peach Cobbler Day starting in the 1950s.
Measuring 11 x 5 feet and eight inches deep, the largest peach cobbler is made at the Georgia Peach Festival.
The largest cobbler of any variety of fruit is made by the Hampton Inn of Ruston, and weighs 2,251 lbs!
National Peach Cobbler Day FAQs
Where is National Peach Cobbler Day celebrated?
The United States.
Are there other national holidays on April 13?
Yes! April 13 is also National Scrabble Day and National Make Lunch Count Day.
Are there other national cobbler holidays?
Yes! May 17 is National Cherry Cobbler Day.
National Peach Cobbler Day Activities
Bake up your own peach cobbler
Cobbler is simple by nature. Even if you’re a timid baker, have no fear — all you need is dough and fruit! It’s almost impossible to ruin a cobbler. Bake with friends, family, or roommates, and bond over both the baking and the dessert!
Have your family taste-test peach cobbler
Once you’ve whipped up your cobbler, invite some friends or family over for a taste test! Or you could hold a taste test of various store-bought peach cobbler brands. Just remember, any piece of cobbler is going to be better with vanilla ice cream.
Post your peach cobbler to social media
Use the hashtag #PeachCobblerDay to inspire other bakers and share the national holiday! Show off your masterpiece peach cobbler and make your social media feed even more delicious.
5 Fun Facts About Peach Cobbler
It’s no diet food
One cup of peach cobbler averages around 450 calories!
The ‘World’s Largest Peach Cobbler’ is a yearly treat
At the annual Georgia Peach Festival, visitors can taste the 11 by 5 foot ‘World’s Largest Peach Cobbler’ — the tradition began in 2007.
It’s a classic American dessert
Peach cobbler was created by English and European colonists who settled in America.
It’s traditionally served with vanilla ice cream
In the southern part of the United States, peach cobbler is rarely served without two classic scoops of vanilla ice cream.
It’s not all unhealthy
While we can’t say the buttery crust is exactly a health food, peaches are actually very nutritious — they are a great source of vitamins A and C.
Why We Love National Peach Cobbler Day
It’s full of nutritious peaches
While it’s true the buttery crust isn’t a health food, peaches actually offer many nutritious benefits! They are packed with antioxidants and nutrients, they can protect your skin and heart health, and may even prevent certain types of cancer.
It’s a classic indulgence
They say there’s nothing more American than apple pie, but we know peach cobbler is right up there. A favorite of the early American settlers, who didn’t have much but found the means to cobble together a makeshift pie, peach cobbler is undeniably a classic indulgence.
It’s a great reason to bake
It’s easy to forget how enjoyable an afternoon spent baking is. Life moves so fast these days, but taking time to bake with family or friends really slows it down. Find a classic old peach cobbler recipe and enjoy good company in the kitchen!
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