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Peaches are in Season! Time for Peach Crisp

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Peaches, How I Love Thee!

Oh how I love a good peach! In my mind, they’re the epitome of summer’s bounty. Maybe it’s because peaches look like summer – they are a blend of reds, oranges, and yellows. Here in my part of California, that’s what the hillsides and fields look like in summer. And, it’s hot, hot, hot!

I think my love of them and summer  goes back to my grandparent’s small farm. As kids, my sister and I had extended summer stays there. We collected eggs in the morning, picked ripe fruits from the small orchard, ran around with their dog Comet, watched soap operas with our grandma in the afternoons, and had dessert every night. Lemon cake was my favorite dessert, but the peaches were my favorite fruit.

Peach Crisp

There are so many ways to use peaches in desserts. My favorite, though, is peach crisp. I love the crispy topping, and soft, sweet peaches. In the fall, I like making apple crisp and I’ll share my favorite apple crisp recipe in a few months.

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Another reason I prefer peach crisp over peach cobbler, is it’s a quicker and easier to make. The prep takes less than 10 minutes, just long enough for your oven to pre-heat. And most of us have all the ingredients for the topping right in our pantry and fridge.

The Prep

These sliced peaches are ready. I don’t remove the peach skins, though it’s fine if you do.

Here’s how I zest my lemon with the microplane. When you use it upside down, it catches all of the zest, making it easier to slide it into the bowl.

The lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and corn starch are ready to be stirred, and mixed with the peaches. The lemon juice serves two purposes, to provide a little tartness to balance the sweetness, and to keep the peaches from browning.

These are the toppings. Stir them together, so they are well-mixed.

Then you cut in the butter. In the summer, I use a pastry cutter for this. Otherwise, it winds up being a hot mess. You can use two knives or your finders to crumble the butter, though. Whatever works for you.

It should look like this when you’re done. Add the nuts, or oats if you’re using them, and stir.

Add the peach mixture to your casserole dish.

Evenly spread the topping mixture on top, and put it in your preheated oven. Cook until the topping is golden and it’s lightly bubbling all over.

Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve peach crisp on its own, with a little cream, or over vanilla ice cream.

The Recipe

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Peach Crisp

When peaches are in season, it's time to make Peach Crisp! It is my favorite summer dessert. Serve warm over vanilla ice cream for a special treat!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, Make Ahead, One Pot Meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 362 kcal

Ingredients

Filling

  • 5 lbs peaches, cut into 1/2” wedges (about 5-6 large peaches)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest

Topping

  • 6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cuo granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (optional, can substitute with oats)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place peaches in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix granulated sugar and corn starch. Add lemon juice and zest. Add to peaches and stir.
  3. In a medium bowl, add topping ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, smash the butter into crumb-sized pieces.
  4. Using a 3 qt. casserole dish, add peach filling, then cover with topping. Bake for 40 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.
  5. Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Peach Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 101mg4%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1524IU30%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Doesn’t it look delicious?! Try this for yourself and let me know what you think below in the comments.

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Here are some summer dinner recipes to pair with your Peach Crisp: https://www.thefeatherednester.com/everyday-summer-dinners-made-easy/
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