Peach Crisp The first time I had this recipe was at my friend Kaylnn’s house.  She had made it for her daughter Ann’s birthday.  The baked peaches were divine……ripe, tender with just the perfect amount of sweetness.  There was a wonderful hint of citrus complimenting them.  Then there was the topping…………..oh my heavens! The topping!!!

Peach Crisp

In my humble opinion, the topping on this crisp is beyond delicious.  It’s what makes this dish a rock star among just plain old singers.  It’s sweet, buttery, streusely, with just a bit of oatmeal. It’s the first peach recipe I make when peaches are in season and the recipe I make all season long!  Over the years I’ve adapted it to my family’s taste but the changes I’ve made are very small.

Peach Crisp

Recipe Note: This is a pretty straight forward recipe.  Don’t skip peeling the peaches.  Because I’m basically a wee bit lazy, I’ve skipped peeling over the years a few times. The result is that the peel will separate from the peaches during the cooking time and you end up with a stringy, chewy yucky thing mixed up with your glorious peaches.  NO thanks, it’s worth the extra effort to just peel the dang things!

The original recipe included 1/2 pint of raspberries added to the fruit mixture before baking.  They made the finished cooked dish even more beautiful.  My family just didn’t like them detracting from the peach flavor… feel free to add them if you’d like.  I’d like to try it with fresh blueberries but I think my fam just might revolt.  Once they become attached to a recipe…………they don’t like it messed with.  This is one of those recipes!

If you don’t have a stand up mixer no worries.  You can make the topping with a hand held mixer or by hand with a pastry blender.  If you make it by hand, I’d add all the topping ingredients to a bowl, except the oatmeal, and cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives.  When the butter is the size of peas, cut in the oatmeal.

I like to serve this fresh and hot out of the oven with a big scoop of good vanilla ice cream.  Can you say “Heaven“!!!

Serves 8-10

Source: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

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