Peach crumble, not to be mistaken for a peach crisp or a peach cobbler, has a decadent, buttery topping. While they're all a variation of crustless pie, a cobbler tends to have a more solid piece of topping like biscuits or dumplings, a crisp tends to have oats in a more freeform topping, and a crisp usually has topping that forms larger clumps made made of flour, butter, and sugar.
Here, we add a bit of ground cinnamon to give some warm, spiced notes and use brown sugar for a hint of molasses comfort. We pile the topping on generously so you don't get stuck with any lingering naked peaches that are crumb-free. We like to leave the skin on our peaches, mainly because you lose a lot of that delicious fruit flavor and beautiful, blush color when peeling peaches. But if you aren't a fan of the skin, feel free to peel your fruit!
The riper your peaches are the sweeter and tastier this easy dessert becomes. If your peaches are a little underwhelming to begin with, the lemon juice will help perk up the fruitiness, so don't skip it!
This is best served with a cold scoop of ice cream on a warm summer day, but just in case you get the craving mid-winter, we wrote up the best way to freeze peaches. This dessert can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, covered. While the crumble won't stay as crunchy as time goes on, the peaches will still be sweet and juicy with a little reheating action.
Have you made this yet? Let us know how it went in the comments below!
Editor's note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on March 9, 2022 to include more information.
large peaches, sliced (about 2 1/2 lb.)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Pinch kosher salt
packed brown sugar
(1 stick) melted butter
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 375°. Make peaches: In a large bowl, combine peaches, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
- Make topping: In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Pour in melted butter and stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour peaches and juices into a large baking dish. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over peaches.
- Bake until topping is golden and peaches are bubbling, 45 to 50 minutes.
- Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.
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