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Recipe For The Best Peach Crisp Ever

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Peach crisp made from fresh, ripe peaches is pure summer bliss. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into the crunchy topping and you send it right over the top. You can almost hear the angels singing.

fresh peach crisp

This old fashioned peach crisp recipe is perfection. The topping is buttery and crunchy, has just the right amount of brown sugar and the texture of a fantastic oatmeal cookie. A nice bite but not too hard.

Goldilocks would love this fruit crisp. She would say it’s “just right.” The peaches are spiced beautifully with cinnamon and just a touch of (but not too much) nutmeg. The fruit filling is incredibly juicy but thickened slightly.

You’ll want to choose perfectly ripe peaches for this wonderful dessert. And please, do it soon because like all good things, the season is short but sweet.

Peach Trivia That Will Amaze Your Friends

(Well, maybe the cooking club.)

  • Peaches were first cultivated in China nearly 6000 years ago. Spanish explorers visited North America in the early 1500s and brought peaches with them to what is now Georgia, “The Peach State.”
  • Peaches are a part of the rose family and closely related to almonds.
  • Many famous artists including Renoir, Monet, Rubens, and Van Gogh painted still lifes that featured the lovely fruit.
  • “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked. (Who would have guessed?)
  • Finally, peaches are often sold by the “lug”, an agricultural unit of measure that weighs about 23 pounds.
a lug of peaches

The Only Recipe You Need To Bake An Amazing Peach Crisp

Peaches are probably the very best fruit there is for making a crisp. Peaches are a soft fruit. The contrast of a buttery crisp and crunchy crust really compliments their texture. Also, crisps are lots faster and easier to make than a pie and practically foolproof.

If you’re a master at making a perfect pie crust, go for it, but why take the chance of trapping perfectly delicious peaches inside a sad, tough crust?

This recipe is similar to a very old recipe for apple crisp. It contains a whole stick of butter and combines quick oats with flour and brown sugar for the wonderful nutty taste and texture of a perfect oatmeal cookie.

The nooks and crannies in the topping are perfect spots for melty vanilla ice cream to disappear in. Soft sweet peaches blended with just the right amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg are the perfect partner for the crispy top.

This time, I chose to make it in my very old cast iron skillet for a great presentation when I took it, still warm, it to a family event. Grandson Nick wolfed down two huge servings! It disappeared so quickly I didn’t even get to take a picture of a serving so I was forced to make another one. How sad, right?😉

Here’s How To Become Famous For Your Peach Crisp

Spray a 9 or ten inch castiron skillet or a 9″ square cake pan or pie plate. Turn on the oven and set it at 350 degrees.

Put a pan of water on the stove to boil. Plop each peach in boiling water for about 30 seconds and remove it with a fork or tongs.

apeach taking a quick dip in boiling water

The skin will slip right off and all the fruit will stay intact! It’s almost magic!

peeling the peach

Now cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. Next, cut them into wedges, then in half, and arrange them evenly in your baking pan.

Once all the peaches are cut up, you’re ready to add sugar, spices and thickener to the fruit.

peaches in skillet for peach crisp

Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the peaches and set aside while you make the topping.

Combine flour, oatmeal, salt, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl and mix it all together thoroughly. Then, melt a stick of butter and pour it in the flour mixture. Next, use a fork to stir everything until all the butter is absorbed. Keep stirring until everything is all nice and evenly crumbly.

Now lightly distribute the topping mixture evenly over the fruit. Try not to leave anything uncovered and then pat it gently in place. Don’t pack it down.

It’s Time To Pop Your Peach Crisp In The Oven

Slip that peach crisp in the oven and let it bake about forty minutes while the aroma of cinnamon, butter, nutmeg, and peaches perfume your whole house! When the crust is lightly browned and the yummy filling starts oozing up around the edges of the pan, it’s time to take it out and let it cool.

If you can time it right, serve the crisp while it’s still slightly warm from the oven. Top it with a generous scoop of the best vanilla ice ceam you can find.

peach crisp with ice cream

Let that ice cream melt just a bit and drip down in the nooks and crannies of the buttery topping. Use a spoon and get every last drop! I’ll say it again, there’s simply no better dessert in the summer than a perfect peach crisp!

Yield: 9 servings

Perfect Peach Crisp

fresh peach crisp

Fresh peaches perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg baked under a buttery, crisp topping of oatmeal, flour, and brown sugar.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, one stick

Fruit Filling

  • 4 cups fresh peaches, peeled and cut up
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • scant 1/2 tsp nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a small pan of water to a boil.
  3. Spray a 10" skillet or 9" square baking pan or deep-dish pie plate.
  4. Drop each peach briefly in boiling water and remove with fork or tong. Remove peel.
  5. Remove pit and cut peaches in 1/2 ' wedge, then in half.
  6. Arrange in baking dish.
  7. Thoroughly combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl.
  8. Sprinkle this mixture over fruit and set aside.
  9. Mix together flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, and salt until well blended.
  10. Melt butter and pour over flour mixture, stirring until all butter is absorbed. Continue stirring until even crumbs are formed.
  11. Distribute topping evenly over fruit and pat gently in place.
  12. Bake about 40 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and filling starts to ooze up around edges of the pan.
  13. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 313mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g

Do you have a favorite peach dessert? If you do, please share it here!

Peaches are also a surprisingly delicious addition to a pork or chicken recipe, too! Here’s one with pork you might enjoy during peach season! Barbecue Pork Steak With Peaches And Honey. You could also use pork chops or pork loin to make this recipe.

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