Peach Crisp is a perfect summertime dessert that is baked with fresh sweetened peaches, surrounded and baked with two layers of oatmeal crisp. For the same double crisp dessert with apples, try my Apple Crisp recipe!
As soon as I tasted how wonderful my double crisp apple crisp was, I knew I had to add more crisp recipes to the list. So, if you love the idea of a double crust, be sure to check out my Blueberry Crisp, Rhubarb Crisp, and Pumpkin Crisp. They are each the ideal combination of rich oat crisp paired with fresh fruit and just the right amount of buttery richness.
Peach Crisp Recipe
The crisp and the peach mixture are the two parts that come together to make this yummy dessert!
Peach Mixture Ingredients (full recipe below)
- Brown sugar
- All-purpose flour
- Ground cinnamon
- Quick-cooking oats
- All-purpose flour
- Brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
Peeling and Pitting Peaches
The first thing to do to make this dessert is to peel, pit, and slice the peaches. To peel the peaches, use a paring knife to make a few slits in the peel. Then, the peel usually comes right off.
Another method to peel the peaches is to blanch the peaches. To blanch the peaches, get a pot of water boiling. Put the peaches in the boiling water for 10-20 seconds. Then, use a slotted spoon to immediately place the peaches in ice water to stop the cooking process. The skins should easily come off with a paring knife (or even just peeled off) after they have been put in the ice water.
To pit the peach, cut into it until you reach the pit. Cut around it and pull it out. Then, slice the peaches to be ready to use in this Peach Crisp.
How to Make the Peach Mixture
After you have prepared the peaches, place the sliced peaches in a bowl. Add the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon, stirring gently. Cover all the peaches with the sugar mixture. Set that aside as you make the oat crisp.
Can I Use Frozen or Canned Peaches?
Yes, you can substitute frozen (thawed) peaches that have been well-drained or canned peaches, which also need to be well-drained. You can use the same amount as fresh peaches. Generally, one pound of frozen or canned peaches is equivalent to three peaches.
Most recipes call for all granulated sugar or 1/2 granulated and 1/2 brown. While these recipes are sweet, they lack the depth of flavor that all brown sugar adds. And after you try this peach crisp, you will definitely understand what I mean! I used light brown sugar, but you can definitely use dark brown sugar as well. If you don’t happen to have any brown sugar on hand, you can always make your own!
Homemade Brown Sugar
For light brown sugar add 1-2 tablespoons of molasses to 1 cup of granulated sugar. For dark brown sugar add 3-4 tablespoons to 1 cup of granulated sugar. I like to mix up a big batch in my food processor but you can also mix by hand if you prefer.
How to Make the Crisp
Before mixing together the crisp ingredients, get the cold butter cubed. Then, combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the cubed butter, using your hands to combine it all together. The butter pieces should be pea-sized and completely coated. This will make about six cups.
Spread half (about 3 cups) of the mixture over the bottom of the prepared pan and press flat. Pour the peach mixture over top and press down with a rubber spatula. Pour the remaining crisp mixture over the top of the peaches and bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes.
One thing that makes this recipe unique is that the oat mixture is used on the top AND the bottom. The amazing thing about this layer is that it changes depending on how long you bake the crisp.
If you bake at 375°F for 35 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be slightly caramelized and gooey while the top will be perfect crispy deliciousness. If you bake at 375°F for 45 minutes, the bottom oat mixture will be crispy throughout. The top will be darker, but if you prefer a less dark crispy top you can add a foil tent to the crisp after 35 minutes.
How to Serve Peach Crisp
The jury is still out on whether to serve Peach Crisp warm or cold. Some liked it better warm, but others preferred it cold. I liked it both ways, actually, and it wasn’t because I was trying to make everyone happy. I simply loved it both ways! It was wonderful plain, but it is also wonderful with ice cream or homemade whipped cream on top.
Store at room temperature, covered, for about a day. It will last up to a week if stored in the refrigerator.
Looking for More Recipes that are ‘Just Peachy’?
- 10 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
- 1/2 cup (50g) brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups (180g) quick-cooking oats
- 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (400g) packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) Butter, cubed while cold
Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a 9×13 pan with baking spray or coating with butter.
Place sliced peaches in a bowl. Add brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir gently and make sure every piece of peach is covered in the sugar mixture. Set aside.
Combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon together. Add in the cubed butter and use your hands to combine. You want the butter to be pea-sized and coated entirely. You should have 6 cups.
Spread 3 cups over the bottom of your prepared pan and press flat. Pour the peach mixture over top and press down with rubber spatula. Pour remaining crisp mixture over top of the peaches and bake uncovered at 375°F for 35-45 minutes.