This Peach Crisp recipe is EASY and unbelievably delicious. Fresh peaches in a simple syrup, topped with an amazing cinnamon oat topping and baked. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream!
I’ve got big plans for all of the fresh peaches coming in season! Each year I love making fresh peach dishes like peach cobbler, baked peaches, homemade peach scones, and fresh peach pie. I also love to make peach freezer jam and peach chutney. And finally, I like to can any peaches that are leftover so that I can use them all year!
Can you tell I’m slightly OBSESSED? There are so many delicious ways to enjoy fresh peaches, and you just can’t go wrong with this amazing, warm and flavorful peach crisp!
Also, if the thought of peeling and slicing a bunch of peaches seems like too much work, read on for the best trick to easily peel peaches.
How to easily peel peaches:
My favorite fool-proof trick for removing the skin from peaches is to place 2-3 peaches at a time into a pot of boiling water. Leave them in the water for about 30 seconds, and then remove them to an ice-water bath. The ice water bath will shock them and keep the peach flesh from cooking, but the peach skin will be so easy to peel that you wont even need a knife!
Know that your peaches are peeled to perfection, let’s make the best peach crisp you’ve ever had!
How to make peach crisp:
Start by slicing your peaches into about 3/4” thick slices and placing the peaches in a colander, resting over a bowl. Then, add sugar to the sliced peaches, stir gently, and let them rest for about 20 minutes to allow the sugar to pull some of the juices from the fresh peaches. You should end up with at least ¼ cup of peach juice.
After reserving some of the peach juice, add flour, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon to the juice, and pour the mixture over the fresh peaches, tossing to gently coat them.
Meanwhile, make the crumb topping by combining the oats, flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter.
Pour the peaches into a baking dish and sprinkle the crumb topping over them.
Bake the peach crisp until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
How can you tell if a peach is ripe?
Gently squeeze the peach with your fingers. If they are slightly soft to the touch and if they have a nice “peachy smell”, then the peach is close to being ready to eat. Also look at the color of the peach. You want to see the soft, golden yellow, background color of the peach rather than the strong beautiful red color. Finally, look for sign of ripeness in the skin. As the skin starts to wrinkle around the stem, you’ll know it’s ready to eat!
How to soften hard peaches:
One popular way to help ripen a peach is to use a brown paper bag. Place your peaches in a paper bag and leave them at room temperature for about 1 day or until desired ripeness is achieved. If you want them to ripen even faster, try putting a banana in the bag as well! Don’t however use plastic bag, as it will cause the ripening process to happen to quickly.
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For the crumb topping
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of ground nutmeg
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter , diced into small chunks
- Add the sliced peaches to a medium size bowl.
- Add ¼ cup sugar and toss to coat.
- Allow peaches to sit for about 20 minutes, to allow the sugar to pull some of the juice out of them.
- Meanwhile, make the crumb topping by combining all ingredients.
- Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles small crumbs. Refrigerate the mixture until ready to use.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Drain the peaches, reserving the peach juice, and placing the peaches in a large bowl.
- Measure out ¼ cup of the peach juice and add it to a small bowl (you can discard the rest, or drink it because it's delicious!).
- Stir in the flour, lemon juice, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.
- Pour mixture over peaches and toss to combine.
- Pour peaches into a 8x8'' or similar size dish.
- Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the top.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and top is set.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
- You may also enjoy easy peach cobbler!
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*I originally shared this recipe in July 2015. Updated July 2018.