Saturday, August 10, 2013

Blueberry-peach crisp







Since early July, we've been devouring peaches, most of which we buy at Costco in large cardboard flats. If you've eaten these peaches, you know how incredibly good they are. Nearly softball-sized, they are abundantly juicy and sweet. They're freestone peaches, which makes them easy to halve and slice. We eat them just as they are most of the time, but I also enjoy baking with them, in pies, crisps and cobblers. Sometimes we even grill them as a side dish for dinner. Cooked peaches are wonderful. Their flesh turns even brighter gold and becomes meltingly soft. Their sweetness is intensified. They are summer, concentrated.

This recipe is a take on traditional apple crisp, and in fact, I based it on the apple crisp recipe in my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook. I reduce both the sugar and butter in the original recipe, just to give it a summery lightness. I have also added blueberries, another essential summer fruit in this house. We buy them in large containers, sometimes also at Costco, and we always have them from mid-summer on. The combination of the berries and peaches is delicious; the slightly tart berries temper the sweetness of the peaches and add even more juiciness. There's so much juice, the extra sugar and butter really aren't missed. You could use raspberries or blackberries here too, or a combination. You could also use plums instead of peaches, or with them. Plum crisp is also delightful.

Ingredients

3-4 cups peeled, sliced peaches (I use three very large peaches)
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place fruit in greased baking dish (I use an 8x8 inch square Pyrex dish).

Toss peach slices and berries in dish to mix.

In a separate bowl, mix remaining ingredients, sprinkle over fruit in baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes until fruit is bubbly and topping is lightly browned.


The juices will thicken as the crisp cools, and the topping will soak some up too. You can eat this warm or cooled, it's great either way. It's very hot straight out of the oven, though; let it cool at least a few minutes before serving. I recommend eating it warm with ice cream, which will certainly make up for the missing butter and sugar in the topping. On this particular night, the Bear and I reheated our servings later in the evening, after our standing Saturday night at-home date (easy dinner and a movie on the couch after small Bears have gone to bed; this is an important part of every week). Our dates always involve some sort of dessert and this one hits all the right notes. We think warm fruit crisp with softening French vanilla ice cream is pretty much heaven in a bowl.

27 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Gosh!!!!! That looks delicious. Stealing this recipe. :-)

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  2. Jennifer, that looks delicious! I absolutely love baking. And those at home dates are the best. Bonding over a nice dessert, and conversation. :) Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Saturday!

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  3. Oh yummy looks really delish. I love peaches x

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  4. Have my first trip to Costco planned this week - even more excited now! Looks delicious x

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  5. Oh this actually has me drooling in contemplation. I am off to the market to get all ingredients. Thanks fot the share!

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  6. Oh Yum! I'm going to be trying this!

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  7. Looks delectable Jennifer!
    Putting in that extra effort to organise home dates after the kiddywinks are off to bed makes for very special events for young couples. We all need those special occasions when we can concentrate on each other alone without all the interruptions of daily life getting in the way! Ours used to be Friday nights - now of course its all the time!
    Joy x

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  8. My two most favourite fruits ever! I'm a real fan of most fruits but these in particular always bring back lots of childhood memories for me. I just can't understand how my kids don't like them!!
    I have caramelised peaches in butter and brown sugar and eaten them with pancakes. That is very delicious too.
    Rosie xx

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  9. I know this is good! I use the exact same recipe with Granny Smith apples - it's wonderful!

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  10. This looks delicious and certainly one I would like to try. Date nights are important in our house too, it's the only thing that keeps us sane at times! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

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  11. This looks gorgeous! Your photographs really show off the food so well too, beautiful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Marianne x

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  12. Mmm this looks delicious! We have something quite similar in England but we call it a crumble ... Apple crumble, rhubarb crumble, gooseberry crumble .... Peach crumble is a new one to try!

    Love claire xx

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  13. That sounds delicious!! I love peaches and I remember buying big crates of the back in South Africa. It's not quite the same in England and they are pretty pricey too. I'm going to give it a whirl when we get back from Italy. Sending you best weekend wishes xoxo

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  14. Can I have a bite? It looks delicious.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  15. Yum!! It looks delicious! And the recipe sounds very easy. I love the you and your husband have a weekly date night at home!

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  16. How delicious does that look! Rhetorical question because it looks divine!

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  17. This looks totally delicious. I'm looking at the peaches and I all I can think about is I want some of those peaches to eat right now. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try this one day. :)

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  18. Oh, I agree, that is heaven in a bowl! Our peaches here are a continuous disappointment, they just don't get enough sun. What you call a crisp is very similar to what we call a crumble, although not everyone adds oats to their crumble mix (I do). We eat ours with custard or cream in the winter and ice cream in the summer. They are the perfect desert as they're so easy and you can use whatever's in season. Never tried the peach and blueberry combo though, thank you for sharing. x

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  19. You have made me feel so hungry.That looks divine!

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  20. That looks awesome. I could eat that right now. I am back from holidays with a finished cardigan Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Jennifer,

    Yuuuum! I am going to make this sometime this week. I am thinking of having friends over for supper, so this will be perfect.

    Leanne xx

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  22. Oh man, that looks SO good, especially with the ice cream. Now I'm wanting a late night dessert!

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  23. That looks absolutely delicious!

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  24. Oh. That looks so delish...my mouth's watering! You visited me and now here I am visiting you and enjoying myself very much. I'll have to become a follower so I can visit again. Good to get to know you! Joan

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  25. That crisp looks so yummy! The peaches in our area are just starting to hit the markets now. They are one of my favourite summer fruits!

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