Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mom's Peach Crisp

A luscious peach crisp is one of my favourite ways to celebrate sweet ripe peaches when they're at their best in mid to late summer. This recipe is an adaptation of my Mom's Peach Crisp, which like most family recipes, hold a special place in my heart. My Mom isn't a baker as such, but she has mastered some desserts really well, like her Nanaimo Squares and wonderful Fruit Crisps. My two favourite 'Crisps' are Mom's Peach Crisp and also her Strawberry Rhubarb. Just thinking about them makes my cheeks tingle. This Peach Crisp topping is a sweet nutty mx of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, flour and mixed nuts, and bakes into a buttery and nutty crisp crumble. Mom's Peach Crisp can be made any time of the year, but it tastes best when the peaches are at their peak.

Mom' Peach Crisp
Serves 8

8 peaches
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350°F. Peel and slice peaches, then place in an 8" buttered baking dish. For the topping, in a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts. Pour melted butter over mixture and mix well. Sprinkle the topping over the peaches and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is cooked and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.