Friday night was a Girl’s Night, and I brought the dessert. Now, my girls are fantastic at being my taste tasters and when I decided that I would give peach crumble a try, they were all onboard for tasting it and letting me know if it past muster (and yes, it did).
I got this recipe from Three Times a Day, which is published by House of Anansi Press, and actually started out as a blog in French (the blog is still active). A French publisher published the book in French, and House of Anansi Press published it in English. It’s a gorgeous book, and the recipes are wonderful. The story behind the book is also incredible.
For the Filling:
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
A pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
4 cups peaches, pitted and cut into cubes
For the Crumble:
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
Before you do anything else, I found the best thing to do was cut up the peaches. It takes the most time, and once that’s done you’re smooth sailing on everything else.
I used a square cake pan, put you can also use a round one – you don’t want it too big though because the bottom layer of this is just peaches, so you don’t want them spread out too far.
Once your peaches are cut, and you’ve got your pan ready and greased then preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Get a large bowl and mix the sugar, cornstarch, maple syrup, salt and cinnamon. Once that’s done slowly add the peaches to the bowl mixing as you go until all of the peaches are in the bowl and mixed well with the other ingredients.
Then pour the peaches into your greased pan so that they’re evenly spread throughout the pan. Scrap out any extra mixture that’s in the bowl and put on top of the peaches.
Next take another bowl and mix the melted butter, quick-cooking oats, flour, and brown sugar. Once that’s all mixed well scoop it on top of the peaches so that it’s evenly distributed.
Bake it for 40 minutes or “until the crumble is golden brown and the filling is bubbling beautifully.”
I just love that phrase, “bubbling beautifully,” don’t you? It brings to mind such a joy of cooking. I also might have taken out my peach crumble and noted to my boyfriend that it was indeed “bubbling beautifully,” and was extremely happy.
It’s a rather quick and easy dessert recipe that tastes amazingly good. Definitely one that I’m going to be making again.