Growing up, we celebrated special occasions, events, and milestones with food. Out for dinner. Out for ice cream. Make a favorite meal. Make a favorite dessert. The memory of those events can easily be recalled with the right dish. So when Country Cooking turned a year old, I celebrated with a new look -- background picked out by my son -- and a great meal.
It was a warm day, so my husband grilled a london broil and corn on the cob and I made stuffed tomatoes. And while I don't typically make dessert, I decided this was a special occasion. And because it was such a warm day, I wanted a dessert that tasted like summer. One of my favorite summer fruit is peaches, so I decided to make peach crisps.It was a wise decision. They were a hit, and I can't wait to make them again. I'll be stocking up on the "seconds" from the farmer's market this summer, since I see lots of peach crisps, cobblers, and crostatas in our future!
A Country Cooking Original
- 6-8 6 oz. ramekins
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- pinch of nutmeg
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 2 bags frozen peaches, chopped
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a food processor, combine the flour, brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
- Cut the cold butter into pieces. Add the butter to the food processor and pulse until mixture resembles a moist, coarse meal.
- Place the still-frozen, chopped peaches in a bowl. Add the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, cornstarch and vanilla extract and gently stir to coat the peaches.
- Divide the peaches between the ramekins. Top with the crumb mixture, evening out the surface. (Don't worry if it's full right to the top. It will sink a bit as it cooks.)
- Bake until the topping is crisp and golden brown, about 45 minutes. If the topping appears underdone, continue baking in 10 minute increments until it's done.
- Serve warm or at room temp with either whipped topping, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.