Summer would not be complete without a fresh fruit crisp. This old-fashioned peach crisp with cinnamon, oats and pecans is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Each summer we highly anticipate the sweet peaches our little backyard peach tree produces. This old-fashioned peach crisp is a tasty dessert that never goes out of style.
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Fresh peaches have always signaled the height of summer for me. I just love biting into a fresh juicy peach on a hot summer’s day. Fresh fruit crisps are one of my favorite baked desserts. One of the reasons I like crisps is that they are quite forgiving. Unlike baking a cake or fine pastry, there is room in a crisp recipe for a little error or creativity on the part of the baker. For example, in this recipe I use about five cups of fresh sliced peaches. However, if you have a little less than that, it’s fine. It will still turn out. I also love desserts that are gluten-free and incorporate fresh fruit when-ever possible. The natural sweetness of the fruit shines through. This recipe meets these criteria. The addition of pecans (optional) adds a nice flavor and texture to the crisp.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a crumble, crisp or a cobbler? They are all baked fruit desserts often made with fresh summer berries or other fruit. A crumble has a streusel crumb topping consisting of flour, butter and sugar. A crisp has a streusel crumb topping and oats. The oats crisp up during baking. A cobbler has spoonfuls of biscuit dough or cake batter on top of the fruit which turns out more cake-like. They all sound delicious don’t they?
When a peach is ripe the fuzzy skin typically peels right off very easily. I peel the peaches before cutting the flesh into small wedges. Once the fruit is mixed with the sugar and corn starch, I squeeze a little bit of lime over it. Peaches and lime are a surprisingly tasty combination. The slight addition of a little acid from the lime brightens up the flavor of the fruit. If you don’t have lime, you can certainly use lemon. Many recipes for fruit crisps, crumbles or pies will call for a little squeeze of lemon for this purpose. The citrus acts like a flavor enhancer similarly to salt and adds complexity to the dish.
This incredible peach crisp screams “add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to me please!” The creaminess of the ice-cream is the perfect pair for the fragrant sweet peaches. The next time you come across fresh summer peaches at the market, fill up your basket and make this delicious old-fashioned peach crisp. Make it a summer tradition. You’ll love it.
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Old-fashioned peach crisp
This old-fashioned peach crisp with cinnamon, oats and pecans is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
- 5 cups fresh sliced peaches (peeled)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- Juice of half a lime
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (or 1:1 gluten-free flour blend)
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into small squares
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
Combine the fruit, sugar, cornstarch and lime juice in a bowl and stir to coat the fruit. Transfer to a 9×9 inch square baking dish. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, butter, cinnamon, salt, oats and sugar. Use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly. Stir in the pecans.
Top the fruit with the crisp. Place the baking dish on a jelly-roll pan. Bake in the oven for 40-55 minutes. The fruit will be bubbly and the top golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool a few minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.
Placing your baking dish on a jelly-roll pan helps prevent any messy spills that may occur in your oven.
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