crisped peaches

I am a huge fan of citrus, I can’t get enough oranges. And lemon is the best addition to most foods. But, when the stone fruits start showing up in the produce section and you can smell their sweet goodness when you pick one up to gently test for ripeness, I suddenly forsake all of my citrus allegiances. I can hardly keep myself from buying up every last peach and nectarine in sight. Getting them to stick around my fruit basket for more than a couple of days is a miracle.

Some people say that watermelon is a pregnant woman’s best friend (and I do love a perfectly ripe, crisp, sweet, and cool watermelon) but peaches are where it’s at these days! So clearly, when it was 9 o’clock at night and I was craving that sweet treat before I headed off to bed, I was eyeing the bowl of peaches on the table. It turns out that in 45 minutes flat you can turn a peach into individual peach crisps, and then, freshly roasted from the oven, you can scoop them into china tea cups, top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and swoon as you take not so dainty spoonfuls of the best of summer’s offerings.

Also, I absolutely intend to eat one of the leftovers as breakfast on top of a bowl of plain yogurt because. . . it was just peaches and “granola” right?

Love from Roseburg (for a few more weeks!),

BV

individual crisped peaches (makes 8 peach halves)

  • 4 peaches (halved and pits removed)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 c. brown sugar (I definitely think you could scale this back to 3/4 or maybe even 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Preheat oven to 375 F. Arrange peach halves in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. In a small mixing bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut butter into cubes and work into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse crumbs. Scoop 1/8 of topping into a ball and press onto a peach half, continue with remaining topping and bake for 30 minutes, until peaches are bubbling and topping is crisped. For dessert top with vanilla ice cream, for breakfast serve with plain yogurt. Either way polish off all 8 halves and repeat again and again until you can’t stand to eat another peach!

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