Every year for the past decade, I’ve had a special ritual. I make a mouthwatering peach crisp to celebrate Elizabeth’s birthday. You might wonder, who’s Elizabeth? Well, our story is tied together by peaches!
Our paths first crossed at a farmer’s market. While Elizabeth was debating over a couple of peaches, I enthusiastically stuffed two huge bags with them. She shot me a curious glance and asked, “What are you making?” I proudly replied, “A peach crisp with fresh peaches.”
That was the beginning. She cheekily asked if I’d make her one, offering to pay. Naturally, I agreed. The next day, I delivered my peach crisp recipe to her doorstep. It was her 79th birthday. From that day on, a tradition was born. Before every birthday, I’d get a call from Elizabeth and get to baking her all-time favorite: a delightful peach cobbler. Picture this – a generous slice of peach cobbler topped with melting vanilla ice cream. That’s Elizabeth’s heaven!
Now, if you’re wondering, my peach cobbler quick recipe has the perfect harmony of tartness from fresh yellow peaches and a sweet symphony from sugar. It’s crowned with a golden, caramelized, crumbly dough kissed by a cinnamon-sugar sprinkle.
Which Peach Wins The Crown?
Yellow peaches are your to go-to. They have a touch of acidity, ensuring your crisp isn’t too sweet. White peaches, though delicious, just don’t strike the right balance for a peach crisp.
Fresh, Canned, or Peach Crisp with Frozen Peaches?
While there’s no rivaling a peach crisp with fresh fruit, not everyone has access to them year-round. Canned or frozen peaches will do the trick if you’re out of season. Drain those canned peaches to keep your crisp from turning into a soup.
The Peel Dilemma: To Strip or Not?
Here’s a secret: I never peel the peaches. If you’re after a smooth texture, sure, peel away. But if you’re using fresh peaches, that skin softens beautifully, adding richness to the texture of your peach crisp. Canned and frozen ones come pre-peeled, but for those fresh ones, I say, let them be!
Experiment with Flavors and Dietary Needs:
Peach crisp is delightful, but don’t limit yourself. Swap out peaches for apples, and you have a divine apple crisp in your hands. And for those with dietary preferences, rejoice! The topping can easily adapt to a gluten-free option. Want a pro-tip? To enhance the texture and add a nutty flavor, sprinkle some chopped nuts like almonds or pecans into your topping. It’s a game-changer!
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