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Classic Peach Crisp

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A must have summer dessert at my house, this easy Classic Peach Crisp showcases the ripe, juicy fruit of the season. But you can also freeze sliced peaches and have them at your fingertips for a taste of summer all year long.

This simple Peach Crisp without Oats appears on our menu every single summer. As tasty as an old fashioned peach pie, but without all the work!

Overhead view of a Classic Peach Crisp on a white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Classic Peach Crisp

Combing through my mom’s recipe cards was pretty much a given with every visit back to my hometown. She had recipes from her bridge club, neighbors, dinner club and more. Hmm, I think I see a family trend here.

Her dear friend, Dee, was quite the gourmet cook. It was her recipe for won tons that fostered our love for Asian food. When I spied Dee’s recipe for Apple Crisp, I made a copy and began the tradition of baking her rendition every fall. No oats, no nuts. Perfect for you know who.

Soon I moved on to other fruit, and this classic peach crisp rapidly overtook apple as the family favorite. Each bite of sweetened and cinnamon spiced peaches topped with a buttery, brown sugar crust was pure bliss. And this is a super simple recipe to boot.

What’s the Difference Between Peach Crisp and Peach Cobbler?

Though these two desserts are similar, it’s the topping that differentiates a crisp from a cobbler. A crisp has a crumble topping composed of sugar, butter, flour, and sometimes oatmeal and nuts. Alternatively, a cobbler topping is traditionally made up of dollops of biscuit dough, resembling a cobbled street, or a pie crust.

If you  love crisps as much as my family does, check out these Raspberry Crisp, Rhubarb Crisp and Individual Berry Crisps recipes.


Classic Peach Crisp in a round scalloped casserole dish

How to Preserve or Freeze Peaches

We cannot get enough peach desserts at my house, so a stash of peaches in the freezer is a huge bonus. I own a FoodSaver device, which sucks the air out of the packaging while sealing. Alternatively, you can place your peaches in a zip-topped bag, seal almost completely, insert a straw and suck out the excess air by hand.

Since peaches tend to oxidize over time, this step helps prevent the peaches from browning. But to guarantee vibrantly colored fruit in the months to come, I have come to rely on Fruit Fresh, a “produce protector” which can be found in almost all grocery stores. A granular product composed of citric and ascorbic acid, I mix in one tablespoon for each 4 cups of sliced fruit. I stack my bags of peaches in my deep freeze and let them defrost overnight in the fridge for fruit salads, pies, crisps or cobblers during the off-season.

If a lot of juice has accumulated, you may need to add more thickener or perhaps drain some of the liquid before adding the peaches to your recipe. There is nothing better than the taste of August peaches in the dead of winter! Give it a try.

Overhead view of a Classic Peach Crisp in a white ceramic dish

Step by Step Instructions for Freezing Peaches

  • For easy peeling, with a sharp knife, cut an X through the skin on the bottom of each peach.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In the meantime, place a large bowl of ice water in your kitchen sink.
  • Drop ripe peaches into the boiling water for about a minute. Remove and place in ice water (this will facilitate easy peeling).
  • Peel peaches, cut in half and remove pits. Cut each half into 4 or 6 slices depending on the size of your fruit.
  • Mix in one tablespoon of Fruit Fresh for each 4 cups of sliced peaches. Mix gently to coat all slices.
  • Follow instructions on your food-saving device to pack and seal or fill gallon zip lock bags with fruit and remove excess air by pressing out excess air or sucking it out with a straw.
  • Label bags with packing date and freeze.

Tips for Making a Peach Crisp Without Oats

Many peach crisps have an oatmeal topping, which I enjoy. On the other hand, others like my picky hubby prefer a crisp without oats.

  • First, make sure you select peak of the season, ripe, fragrant peaches for your crisp.
  • Pick peaches that have no green tinge on the stem end as that indicates they were picked too soon. Peaches harvested before they’re ready will never ripen properly.
  • Peel, slice and toss with sugar and seasonings.
  • To make the crumbly crisp topping, mix together the flour, brown sugar and butter cubes with a pastry blender or your fingers. If you prefer big crumbs, once the topping is mixed, pinch together some of the topping to form larger pieces.
  • Spread the crumbs over the top of the fruit and bake until the filling is bubbling and the crisp is browned.

What’s the Best Way to Store and Reheat a Peach Crisp?

A freshly baked peach crisp can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 days. As the juices soak into the topping, there’s the chance of spoilage, especially if your kitchen is warm and/or humid. After a day or two, store a peach crisp in the refrigerator.

To reheat your peach crisp, bring it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature for about 20-30 minutes. Then place it in a 350º oven for about 30 minutes or until warmed through, covering with foil if the topping starts to get too brown. At our house, we also scoop out servings and microwave until warm, about 30 seconds. My family goes nuts for a scoop of  vanilla ice cream melting on top of a warm serving of peach crisp!

More Peach Recipes You’ll Love:

Whether you get your hands on fresh local peaches or have access to some juicy Southern fruit, take some time to whip up a glorious peach desserts.

This post was originally shared in August, 2015. New photos and additional text was added in 2019.

Yield: 6 servings

Classic Peach Crisp

Classic Peach Crisp

An easy classic peach crisp recipe I've been making for decades!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8-10 fresh ripe peaches, peeled and sliced (or use defrosted, frozen peaches draining most of the excess juices)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A few grates of fresh nutmeg

Topping:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (one stick or 4 ounces) butter, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Mix peaches with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and place into a 9 x 9-inch baking dish (or something of similar size.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together topping ingredients using pastry blender or fingers till butter is incorporated. Crumble topping over peaches.
  4. Pack for about 45 minutes or till topping is golden and filling is bubbling.
  5. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

 

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43 comments on “Classic Peach Crisp”

  1. Plan A was to make a chocolate zucchini cake for dinner today… Now I’m craving peaches:@)

  2. What a gorgeous crisp, Liz! Thank you so much for the detailed instructions for freezing peaches. That is something I’ve never tried and I have no idea why not!

    • Love all these crisps, crumbles, and cobblers ( I’ve actually never made the last one). I turn my oven on just for a couple of times throughout summer, and it’s normally either a savory thing (like flatbread) or a crisp / crumble. I’ve had 3 different crisps this summer already. Besides being super easy to make and delicious, I consider it to be a relatively light and healthy dessert (Lots of fruit and berries and just a bit of butter, sugar, and flour), right? Do love this peach version with the addition of cinnamon and nutmeg. Delightful!

  3. Peaches here in Georgia are incredible this year. I do need to get a bunch of them and save them with your freezing method.

  4. Such a lovely crisp! I should at least make one before the season is over.

  5. I’ve yet to fully work out the difference (if there is one) between what’s known as ‘crisp’ here with what I would have called ‘crumble’ in the UK, but either way it’s one of my favorite desserts and this looks delicious! I haven’t tried freezing peaches but might have to give it a go.

  6. This looks fabulous I love the photo with ice cream yum!

  7. I love that you posted a recipe today. I actually froze a cherry crisp not too long ago. I freeze all of my baked goods. A cake I frozen four or so months ago was last night’s dessert and I swear it was better than when I first baked it! I also freeze peaches. I just peels, slice, and put them in individual zipper bags. Yum!

  8. I really should freeze some peaches so that I can make these all winter long!

  9. I think peach crisp was the first dessert I ever baked by myself when I was a kid. (Sounds like a good blog post….) Your version looks spectacular!

  10. I have never had peach crisp…. I know how bad is that? But I want it now this looks lovely.

  11. Peaches are a huge favourite at my house so I’m definitely trying your freezing method. The peach crisp looks wonderful, so juicy. Such a classic dessert.

  12. Nothing is better than pulling out some fresh frozen fruit in the middle of winter for baking and this peach crisp sounds perfect.

  13. A glorious pie…love fruit pies so much!

  14. This looks gorgeous, Liz! We can’t get enough of summer peaches! Love the tips for freezing them! Wish I had a giant slice of this crisp for breakfast 🙂

  15. Out of peach, pear or apple crisp, I like your peach would be my favorite!

  16. Love, love cobblers and crisps. Peaches are peaking right now in north Florida and they are beautiful this season.

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipe.

    Velva

  17. Hi Liz, peaches are my favorite too and so are crumbles…this is a winner, winner!!

  18. I bet this is delicious. I’d love to make one soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  19. What a glorious crisp and that vanilla ice cream topping is a must!

  20. Ooooo hello! I love a good crisp – usually it’s Apple Crisp I fall for all fall long but this looks equally as sweet and scrumptious!!

  21. Fabulous! If I can actually manage to not eat the precious few peaches we have I know what to do!

  22. Oh yum – one of our all-time favorite desserts! Now I have to have some 😉

  23. Aha! In addition to your mom’s recipe, you had Dee’s recipe =) Either peach or apple crisp would undoubtedly be fabulous . Ps Thank you for the tip on keeping peaches looking pretty!

  24. Lizzy,
    This recipe would be a big hit my family too. Love the how to on freezing fruits too.
    Annamaria

  25. I think its time I blow the dust off ye old foodsaver!

  26. I absolutely love peaches and that crispy sugary topping? Um YUM! 🙂

  27. My mom made the great peach crisp. Our Colorado peaches are just at their prime. Must make this.

  28. Peach Crisp is my favorite dessert! My family loves going picking for peaches! Can’t wait to make this in the next month!

  29. A classic dessert that never disappoints!

  30. This never disappointed me! It was so good! Everyone at my house loved it!

  31. This was so simple and easy to make! The filling was perfect and that crust had just the right amount of sugar in it! Loved it!

  32. I froze a few sliced grilled peaches last year and used them in the thick of winter, boy they were appreciated! A slice of summer! This year I’ll freeze a lot more. I’ll bookmark this tasty recipe for then too, what a beautiful reminder of our gorgeous summers!

  33. I love peach desserts as they are so summery and super tasty too.

  34. If only we had such lovely peaches, I would have made this glorious pie.

  35. Love me some peach crisp

  36. This crisp recipe sounds perfect and I can’t wait to make it. Our peaches aren’t quite in season yet but will be very soon. Thanks for all the tips and details on freezing this delicate fruit. Hope your summer is going well.

  37. One of my very favoirte treats! Perfect with fresh peaches!!

  38. The peaches are plentiful right now — I’m definitely going to make this beautiful crisp this weekend!

  39. A must make dessert for summer! Love how easy it is to make!

  40. I am sure my family will love this!

  41. I’m imagining how great this going to be in the middle of winter.

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