Peach Crisp: A Seasonal Fruit Dessert
Peaches are a seasonal fruit that I try to make the most of when they reach their peak. There are beautiful peaches in the market right now so the time is ripe for peach desserts. Fresh peaches are a wonderful fruit to use in desserts like cobblers, pies, and crisps. Today I'm making a fresh peach crisp.
|Peach Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream|
my apple crisp recipe. That recipe is the starting point for me for any fruit crisp I make. Any adaptations I make are based on the type of fruit used, the fruit's level of sweetness or tartness and the inherent juiciness of the fruit. Based on those assessments I'll add a little bit more of this, or a little bit less of that. For my peach crisp, I adjusted the sugar, salt, and amount of water. I also added about 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg because I thought it would enhance the peach flavor. Nutmeg isn't essential, but it adds a little something special to the crisp.
|Peach Crisp Ingredients|
Fresh Peach CrispPrintable Recipe
Serves 6-8 adults
- 6 large peaches, peeled and sliced (about 8 cups sliced)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Blanch the peaches in boiling water to make it easier to remove the peel. Boy, oh boy, do I dislike the texture of peach skin in my mouth. I'm very careful to remove every bit of the peach skin. After a minute or two in the boiling water, plunge the peaches into an ice bath to cool.
|Blanch the Peaches in Boiling Water|
Peel and slice the peaches into a large bowl. My six peaches yielded 8 cups of sliced peaches. Taste your peaches and decided if you will need more or less sugar than the two tablespoons called for. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour the mixture over the peaches and toss to distribute. Pour the water over the fruit and toss again.
|The Peaches Tossed with Sugar, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg|
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and butter. Now is the time to get your hands into the mixture. Toss and squeeze the mixture together until it forms large crumbles. Be sure all the flour and sugar is incorporated.
|The Crumble Topping|
|Baked Peach Crisp|
Serve your crisp warm with vanilla ice cream.
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