A large portion of peach crisp is topped with vanilla ice-cream. Fresh peaches are in the background.
Desserts, Gluten free

Old fashioned peach crisp


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.

A large portion of peach crisp is topped with vanilla ice-cream. Fresh peaches are in the background.
Oats, butter, brown sugar and pecans give this dessert a crispy top

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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.

A square cake pan with peach crisp fresh out of the oven.
Fresh out of the oven peach crisp is a delicious summer dessert

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?

A bowl of fresh sliced peaches. Squeezing lime over the peaches.
A squeeze of lime adds brightness and flavor

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.

Delicious peach crisp with a scoop of ice cream.
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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

Recipe by Michelle BarsnessCourse: Desserts, Gluten freeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This old-fashioned peach crisp with cinnamon, oats and pecans is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.


  • 5 cups 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 x 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.


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  • Placing your baking dish on a jelly-roll pan helps prevent any messy spills that may occur in your oven.


  1. Beth Neels

    5 stars
    I have 4 peach trees and I’m looking for new peach recipes! Glad I came across this! I’ve made other crisps, but never peach! I have no idea why! Can’t wait to try your crisp with those huge chunks of pecan!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I must make this ASAP – it contains my all time favourite fruit, and that crispy top? I am drooling here so badly right now. Recipe pinned 😉

  3. 5 stars
    I simply love peaches so am sure this is one dessert I’ll love. Will try it out when I get peaches next. Have only tried apple crisp. The dollop of ice cream makes it super tempting.

  4. 5 stars
    This just looks divine! I love a good peach crisp and this one looks perfect. Love the idea of adding lime to this too, yum!

  5. 5 stars
    Summer is ALL ABOUT THE PEACHES for me – I buy cases of them just for recipes like this one! This looks like a great twist on a favorite for my family.

  6. Jacquelyn Hastert

    5 stars
    I love peaches all year long, but this is the best time to get them. I can’t wait to grab some and make this. That topping looks fantastic! Love a delicious classic like this.

  7. Brian Jones

    5 stars
    A really delicious dessert, simple to make and everyone loved it!

  8. 5 stars
    I love a good peach crisp, and this looks perfect. I just picked up some local peaches, I know what I will be doing with them! Thanks for the recipe !

  9. Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    5 stars
    My mouth is watering right now! I’ve always love peaches. I wish this were in front of me.

  10. 5 stars
    Looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. Love how a crisp gives room for error compared to a pie since I have a tendency to sample while baking.

  11. 5 stars
    When I think of crisp, I think of peach. When I think of peach I think of crisp. They are a fabulous combo that can’t be replaced with anything else. I love how you added pecans to this, and the choice of ice cream is perfect.

  12. 5 stars
    This looks so good! I like the crisp better than cobbler.

  13. 5 stars
    I’ve made my first ever peach cobbler recently, and peach crisp is next on my list! This recipe couldn’t come in a better time! Looks utterly delicious, especially with ice cream!

  14. 5 stars
    Peaches truly are the pinnacle of summer – and using them in a delicious crisp like this is so dreamy. The oats and cinnamon in the crispy top makes that the part my family always fights over, of course. 🙂

  15. Amanda Mason

    5 stars
    This recipe reminds me of my grandmother’s recipe! Love that you added some lime juice…it always helps cut sweetness! Love that you went into detail on the differences between crisps and crumbles! I’ll be trying this summer recipe soon!

  16. 5 stars
    One of my favourite summer dessert, absolutely delicious and a crowd-pleaser.

  17. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious. I love peaches this time of year. I have a garden full of them. can’t wait to make this treat for my family.


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