Easy-to-Make Peach Crumble is the Taste of Summer
July 17, 2012Posted by pamela |
Few things in life signify that summer is in full swing as much as the easy availability of fresh and juicy stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and apricots. This weekend, my mom brought us a ton of ripe peaches and plums from the fruit trees in her yard. After she left, I looked at this pile of fruit and wondered what I was going to do with it all. The answer that leapt immediately to mind was: peach crumble!
Fruit crumbles are desserts that require less work than a pie but are equally delicious. Borne out of the need for rationing flour and sugar during World War II, crumbles, in their basic form, involve a fruit filling topped with a crumbly flour, sugar, and butter topping. It's something that's easy enough for the kids to help make, too. They love to mix up the crumble topping and spread it on top of the fruit filling.
Fruit crumble variations abound, and this recipe can be adapted for all sorts of seasonal fruit, from apples in the fall to strawberries and rhubarb in the spring. I happen to think peach crumble is one of the best versions on this treat.
Try it with some blueberries or blackberries mixed in with the peaches, and top it with some good quality vanilla bean ice cream for something extra special. But do try it on its own—there's something about it that just captures the essence of summer.
- 2 pounds peaches, nectarines, or apricots cut into 1/2-inch wedges (about 6 cups total)
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine fruit, white sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer to an 8-inch baking dish.
- In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt and mix with your hands until large pieces form. Scatter this topping over the filling in the baking dish.
- Bake until center is bubbling, about 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve warm. You can top it with scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.