Thursday, July 8, 2021

Peach Crisp

I feel as if I blinked and we entered a whole new season—and the second half of 2021.  In the words of the gifted songstress, Anita Baker, “It’s been so long…I’m missing you baby.” And it’s good to be back. 

As seasons go, I’m also glad to be back to one of my favorites—for seasonal produce.  And as the 2nd half of this year goes, I’m believing it will be better, healthier, calmer, safer and more of what we all need (individually and collectively.). My faith remains on ‘go’ and my gratitude remains in flow. (Did I just rhyme?!)

Speaking of produce, few compare to Summer’s bounty.  From (my favorite) stone fruit—bring on all the peaches, plums, cherries, and more!—to luscious watermelon, sweet corn and perfect tomatoes, I can never get enough.  Until the Fall season forces me to do so, at least.  And as one who’s tried indulging my passion out of season, I don’t recommend it.  So while we have Summer, we should definitely make the most of it and indulge.  Deal?

If you’re with me, even slightly, then I have a dessert that’s sure to please and become a recurring favorite in your Summer baking repertoire.  While you know my love for apple crisp, making it with peaches (still in awe that last Summer was my first time doing it) is as delicious and satisfying, with the bonus of coming together easily, as a Summer dessert should.

So without further adieu, take your Summer to new heights with a dessert that's guaranteed to induce...

Happy Eating!

Peach Crisp



¾ cup flour

¼ cup light brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, and diced into cubes

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 

5-6 peaches

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon



Preheat oven to 375° F.


In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, salt,  cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.  Cut butter into flour, using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is the texture of coarse meal.  Add oats and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Place in freezer to chill while you prepare the peaches.


In another large bowl, toss peaches with lemon juice and ½ cup granulated sugar. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the oat topping mixture.  Place in preheated oven and bake until golden and bubbling, 55 to 65 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving—and enjoy!



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