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Peach Crisp Recipe

This peach crisp recipe is perfect when peaches are in season. There is nothing like a plateful of this slightly sweet peach dessert. I prefer it plain but it’s also fun to serve with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. This peach crisp recipe is easy to throw together and can be on your table in less than 45 minutes!

A big spoonful of peaches with crumble topping held over the baking dish

In season fruit makes a difference

I love peaches and wait patiently for them to come in season. One of the first things I make is this peach crisp recipe. Not only is it easy to make but it stores well in the fridge for a week, if not more, so you can enjoy it for days. That is, if you don’t have a horde of people to serve it to.

The second thing I make with fresh peaches is my peach margarita.

Even though I never asked my grandmother what her favorite fruit was, I believe her answer would have been peaches. She ate them year round and made peach crisp or cobbler more times than I can remember. I always think of her when I make this delicious dessert.

What’s your favorite peach recipe?  Leave me a comment as I’d love to know.

What is the difference between crisp and cobbler?

A crisp doesn’t have a bottom crust, just a loose, crispy layer on top. A cobbler has a crust on the bottom and some batter dropped on top. So a cobbler is more doughy than a crisp.

How easy is this recipe?

It’s sooooo easy.  Peach crisp is basically a bunch of peaches mixed with sugar, a little bit of corn starch and topped with an oatmeal/sugar mixture and then baked into a delicious dessert.

I decided to make the peach crisp because frankly, I prefer crisp over cobbler. I love the crispy oatmeal topping.

Can I use canned or frozen peaches?

A big yes on the frozen peaches, but in my opinion a rousing NO on canned. The reason is they are way too sweet, even if you rinse them.

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Ingredients and substitutions

  • Peaches – buy peaches that are just coming ripe as they will be sweet and cook perfectly.
  • Brown sugar – I use this sugar a lot in my baking.  I prefer dark brown sugar, but you can use the light version too.
  • Corn starch – this helps thicken the peach mixture.
  • Rolled Oats – I use rolled oats because they are more hearty than the instant version.
  • Flour – my favorite flour to use is sprouted spelt which is darker than white flour but cooks the same.
  • Butter – I always use butter.  I never use margarine as I really don’t like the ingredients in most margarines.

Helpful tips

  • Use ripe peaches but not too ripe.  If they appear too ripe, don’t use them in this recipe. Over ripe peaches tend to become mushy and you want the peaches slightly firm after they’ve been cooked.
  • Wash the peaches before using.  I remove the stem and leaves, then I squirt unscented, foaming soap in my hands and gently rub it over the skin of each peach.  Next, I run cold water over the peaches to wash away the soap.  Lastly, I take a paper towel and gently dry the peaches.
  • I tend to like desserts that aren’t too sweet, so I use less sugar than other bakers.  Try it this way and you’ll be surprised that you don’t need as much sugar to make a delicious and very satisfying dessert.
  • You can serve this peach crisp recipe either warm or cold.

How to cut the peaches?

  • Starting at the top of the peach where the stem is, take a sharp knife and cut vertically down and around the peach full circle, back to the top.
  • Place your hands on each side of the cut and twist until one side of the peach comes away from the other.
  • Whichever half contains the pit, cut in half again the long way. (Or if the pit splits with the peach, cut both halves a second time.)
  • Take your knife and wiggle it to widen the cut, which usually dislodges one of quarters from the pit so you can simply pull the pit off the other quarter with your fingers.
  • Once the pit is removed, slice up the peach and cut the slices into bite-sized chunks.
  • If the peach doesn’t separate from the pit easily, slice it up whole and gently cut the slices away from the pit, further cutting the flesh into chunks if you have to.

How to make this peach crisp recipe

Pre-step

Take out the butter at least 1/2 hour before you start the crisp.

Step one

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and get a baking dish and a mixing bowl.

Step two

Gather the ingredients: peaches, brown sugar and corn starch. (A)

Step three

De-pit and cut the peaches in chunks (see the helpful tips) and place them in the mixing bowl with sugar and corn starch. (B)

Left - Peaches, sugar and corn starch. Right - The dry ingredients added to the peaches in a bowl

Step four

Take a spatula and mix the ingredients together. (C)

Step five

Transfer the peach mixture to a baking dish.

The crisp topping

Step six

Gather the ingredients for the crisp topping – oats, flour, brown sugar and butter. (D)

Left - Peaches and dry ingredients mixed. Left - oats, sugar, flour, butter and a glass bowl and pastry blender

Step seven

Place the ingredients in a mixing bowl. (After I snapped the photo, I took a knife and cut the butter into smaller pieces.) (E)

Step eight

Take a pastry cutter and cut the butter evenly into the oatmeal mixture. (F)

Left - butter added to a glass bowl with the dry ingredients. Right - the dry ingredients mixed with the butter for the crumble

Step nine

Sprinkle the crisp topping over the peaches.

Crumble topping on the raw peaches in a baking dish

Step nine

Bake the peach crisp recipe for 35 – 40 minutes.

The crisp straight out of the oven on the board with a few bowls and a spoon in the background

Time to plate it and serve.

Close up of the peaches mixed with a crumb topping on a plate with a bowl and baking dish in the background

Yum.

I hope you enjoyed this peach crisp recipe!  It’s so yummy, either plain or with a dollop of ice cream.

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Plate of fruit crisp on a white round plate and in a bowl and baking dish - square

Peach Crisp Recipe

This delightful dessert is perfectly sweet and can be on the table in less than 45 minutes. You can either eat it plain or dollop some ice cream on it! So delicious!
5 from 16 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crisp, fruit crisp, Fruit dessert, peach crisp
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 240kcal

Ingredients

Filling

  • 5 medium peaches (washed and sliced – see notes)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Crisp

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened – take out at least 1/2 hour before starting the recipe)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375 F and get the baking dish, mixing bowl and spatula
  • Place sliced peaches, 1/4 cup brown sugar and corn starch in mixing bowl and combine with a spatula. Transfer to a baking dish

Crisp

  • Add oatmeal, flour, sugar and butter to another mixing bowl and with a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the oat mixture
  • Sprinkle over peaches. (I use my hands)
  • Bake for 35 minutes
  • Serve
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful Hints:
  • Use ripe peaches but not too ripe.  If they appear too ripe, don’t use them in this recipe.  Over ripe peaches tend to become mushy and you want a baked peach crisp that has slightly firm sliced peaches.
  • Wash the peaches before using.  I remove the stem and leaves, then I squirt some unscented had soap in my hands and gently rub my hands over the skin of each peach.  Next, I run cold water over the peaches to wash away the soap.  I take a paper towel and gently dry the peaches.
  • I tend to like desserts that aren’t too sweet, so I use less sugar than other recipes.  So, try it this way and you’ll be surprised that you don’t need as much sugar to make it a delicious and very satisfying dessert.
  • You can eat this peach crisp warm or cold as it’s satisfying either way.
How to cut the peaches?
  • Starting at the top of the peach where the stem is, take a sharp knife and cut vertically down and around the peach full circle, back to the top.
  • Place your hands on each side of the cut and twist until one side of the peach comes away from the other.
  • Whichever half contains the pit, cut in half again the long way. (Or if the pit splits with the peach, cut both halves a second time.)
  • Take your knife and wiggle it to widen the cut, which usually dislodges one of quarters from the pit so you can simply pull the pit off the other quarter with your fingers.
  • Once the pit is removed, slice up the peach and cut the slices into bite-sized chunks.
  • If the peach doesn’t separate from the pit easily, slice it up whole and gently cut the slices away from the pit, further cutting the flesh into chunks if you have to.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 568IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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38 Comments

  1. WOW…what a GREAT POST. You really have answered ALL the questions. This is a delicious rustic dessert.

  2. There isn’t anything better than peach based recipes for summer. This peach crisp is so easy and would be great for Sunday brunch.

  3. These sweet juicy peaches covered with a crispy topping sound so good! Easy and delicious! What could be better?:)

    1. I’m so happy to hear that Sapana! Hubby insists I make it every few weeks when peaches are in season (and I don’t complain). ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Peach season is one of my all time favorite times of year. I literally brought home a box of Colorado peaches from the farmer’s market this morning. I’m going to make a peach pie, because we must have at least one every year. But, then, I’m going to make this peach crisp because my mouth is literally watering at the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    1. How fun! We never have peaches at the farmer’s market! And peach pie? Drool city! I hope you enjoy it when you do make it Rebecca!

  5. I adore peach crisp during this time of the year! Thanks for a fantastic recipe and this reminder that I need to make it soon! ????

  6. Seeing how delicious this peach crisp looked, I had to give it a try, it was so easy and absolutely delicious, we loved it!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that Patty! Did you eat it with or without ice cream? Inquiring minds would like to know.

  7. I am so glad you wrote this post!! I was always wondering what the difference between a cobbler and a crisp was.. but I guess not enough to Google it, haha. Good to know though!

  8. I have a bag of fresh peaches from a friends peach orchard and I’ve been waiting to come across the perfect recipe to make a crisp with them. Now I have one and I can make this delicious crisp.

    1. Thanks Kelly, I hope you enjoy it when you make it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m jealous of the peach orchard. The peaches must be so delicious fresh!

  9. I am dying to make this peach crisp ever since I pinned it earlier. It looks sensational! And such an easy way to make use of summer fruit. I love this recipe!

  10. This recipe is coming at just the right time. The peaches are perfect right now, I can’t get enough. So thanks for a new reason to go get some more!

  11. This peach crisp looks so delicious and juicy! I will definitely be making this and serving with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Looks beautiful and tasty! Typically an apple crisp guy, but I would imagine this recipe would add something super special and unique to the mix.

    1. Thanks Ben. I love every and all crisps myself, but I would have to say apple is my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a close second!

  13. These not only look delicious but sound it too. I love how easy this recipe is too. Thanks so much for yet another amazing recipe.

  14. I’ve always preferred peach crisp to apple crisp and it’s been so long since I’ve made some at home – thanks for the inspiration!! I’m making some tonight!! Can’t wait!

  15. I don’t normally go for overly sweet desserts either, so I know I’d enjoy this one. I’ve been making a lot of crisp recipes this summer, and peaches have been my go-to. A good crisp recipe like this works for dessert or breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. What a good looking peach crisp and I love all your in process shots! They make following the recipe so super easy! Cant wait to make this!