Imagine sweet, juicy peaches baked until meltingly tender under a generous portion of sweet, crisp, buttery crumbs... Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a simple splash of sweet cream. This Ridiculously Easy Peach Crumble is a summer dream come true!
Last weekend, our two youngest grandchildren, Emmy and Hayes, spent the night. It was so much fun but I had to laugh when mom reported back a few days later. She said that Emmy had told her, "we ate a mountain of peaches at Gigi's (that's me) house". It was true, we ate them for breakfast, snacks and dinner! I've been buying big bags of peaches each time I grocery shop. They're beautiful, delicious and so... inexpensive right now. In addition to enjoying them on their (juicy, fabulous) own, I've been serving them with yogurt, on salads and pizzas and (of course) in desserts - like this wonderful, super easy peach crumble!
Wish we could scoop up a bowl of this delicious sweet treat to enjoy together!
This delicious dessert is an adaptation of our Ridiculously Easy Summer Berry Crisp. I started looking at other peach cobblers, crisps and crumble recipes, it hit me - we have a fabulous summer crisp/crumble recipe. Why reinvent the wheel when it's already tried, true and crazy delicious? So that was that. I just played around a little with the berry crisp recipe and now it's ready for your summer enjoyment!
What does ridiculously easy mean?
What's the deal with this "ridiculously easy"? It's one of our favorite series here at The Café. If you're a regular Café follower just skip to the next part. But if you're new here, you definitely want to know about our Ridiculously Easy series of recipes. To make the story short and sweet, it's the type of recipe our readers love, recipes that are super easy yet super delicious and impressive at the same time.
Just because a recipe's easy, doesn't mean it earns the prestigious moniker of Ridiculously Easy. Actually, there are strict guidelines a recipe has to incorporate to make the cut. These are the Ridiculously Easy "rules":
- A recipe that takes minimal effort and minimal hands-on time to put together. (Resting, rising or chilling time is not taken into consideration.)
- It’s also one that produces fabulous, super delicious results, ie, results that “appear” to have taken lots of time, talent, prowess and/or hard work.
- Ridiculously easy recipes have to work well on those busy days when time is short and expectations are high.
- And last, ridiculously easy recipes are perfect for entertaining, mostly because of the first two characteristics. They take the stress out of dinner parties and gatherings of families and/or friends and allow you more time to enjoy your guests. Bottom line? They are super simple, something anyone can do.
This Ridiculously Easy Peach Crumble is all of the above, for sure!
What is almond flour?
The "crumble" on this Easy Peach Crumble is made from all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar and melted butter.
If you’ve never baked with almond flour, you’re in for a delicious treat. I think it gives baked goods a really “fine” flavor. It makes me think of a European café/bakery.
What is almond flour? It’s simply almonds that have been finely ground to form a floury mix. You can purchase almond flour at most larger groceries in the baking section, at specialty stores like Whole Foods or Fresh Market in the bulk section. It's also available on online.
You can also make your own almond flour by finely grinding blanched almonds in a food processor or Vitamix. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds (which don’t have the skins). You may also find almond meal at the grocery store which differs from almond flour in that it’s coarser and includes the almond skins. For this recipe, you want almond flour.
This is my "go-to" summer dessert recipe. I'm making again today for a family get together. I think you'll love it as much as we do. So pick up "a mountain" of peaches. They're so delicious right now. Suprise the family or some friends with this easy peach crumble and wait for the rave reviews!
Café Tips for making this Easy Peach Crumble
- No need to peel the peaches for this recipe. After 45 minutes in the oven, they seem to melt into the sauce that's formed.
- As noted above, this recipe calls for almond flour. If you can’t find almond flour or don’t want to run to the store to pick some up, this recipe will also work with all-purpose flour. The flavor will be just a bit different, but it will still be delicious.
- Sometimes I use one less peach and add a cup of fresh raspberries. So... good! And it gives the fruit filling a really pretty color.
- It’s easy to prep this dessert in advance. Combine the sugar/flour mixture for the peaches and set aside in a covered container. Make the crumble, transfer it to a zippered bag and refrigerate. When ready to bake, simply slice the peaches, sprinkle with the zest, lemon juice and flour/sugar mixture. Gently stir, pop it in the oven and let the delicious magic begin!
- I use salted butter for this recipe. If you use unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the crumble mixture.
- I find it easiest to grab handfuls of the topping and scatter it over the top of the fruit.
- Towards the end of the baking time, the fruit layer will bubble up. Placing the baking dish on a sheet pan will prevent a mess in the oven should the fruit bubble up over the edge of the pan.
Thought for the day:
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24
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- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 8 medium-size peaches pitted and sliced (no need to peel)
- finely grated zest from 1 medium lemon
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup butter (I use salted)
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper for easy cleanup and set aside.
Place peaches in a shallow, 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and lemon zest. Combine flour and sugar in a small bowl then sprinkle over the peaches. Stir gently to distribute the flour.
Place butter in a medium-size, microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Add the all-purpose flour, almond flour and sugar to the melted butter. Stir with a fork until crumbles form. Take handfuls of the topping and sprinkle over the top of the peaches. Place pan on the prepared sheet pan.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until topping is light golden brown and peaches are bubbly. Check after 40 minutes and cover with foil if the topping is getting too brown but the peaches still are not bubbly.
Serve warm in bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a splash of cream. Delish!
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