Dessert Summer

Brown Sugar and Almond Peach Crumble

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a single rip peach on a branch

Brown Sugar and Almond Peach Crumble ~ this quintessential summer dessert is a must during peach season ~ make it gluten free, or not!

a peach tree branch full of peaches
I sometimes forget that even as the subtle signs of fall are insinuating their way into our days…even as little green acorns start to litter the backyard, a good breeze elicits a few stray leaves into the air, and the shadows are getting  imperceptibly longer and more angular…even so, the height of summer’s harvest is right now, from mid August to mid September. 

Many backyard gardens and local farms are just now coming to the peak of the growing season. The peach orchards here have only just opened their rows for picking.  I went last week and the fruit was still a little firm.  It didn’t leap off the branch into my hand, like completely ripe fruit does.  I had to give it a tug and a twist.  But that’s ok, that’s even better for baking.

a single rip peach on a branch

My left arm still hurts from lugging an overstuffed bag of peaches from tree to tree in search of the best fruit.  I seriously have to get back to that bicep machine at the gym.

I recommend this for breakfast with a splash of cream.  Did I hear a collective gasp?  What do you think you’re getting with your morning toast and jam?  Flour, butter, sugar and fruit? I rest my case.

a single rip peach on a branch
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Brown Sugar and Almond Peach Crumble

Course Dessert


  • About 4 or 5 peaches peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract

crumble topping

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • a pinch of salt
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • a dash of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons of softened butter


  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Toss the fruit with the flour, sugar, and extract, you can do this right in the pan to save a dish.  Mix it all up with your hands.
  • Mix the crumble ingredients with your clean hands until the mixture is a crumbly dough.
  • Crumble the dough over the top of the peaches, and bake for about 40 minutes until browned and bubbly.

Make this peach crumble your own ~

  • Use any stone fruit you like for this crumble.  Apples work great, too.
  • Make it gluten free by using almond or oat flour in place of the all purpose flour.


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  • Reply
    Hungry Dog
    August 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    What a lovely blog you have! Thanks for visiting mine. I will definitely be returning to yours often. Your photos are fantastic. And for the record, there is nothing wrong with eating a crumble or crisp for breakfast. Maybe skip the ice cream, but otherwise, no objections here!

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    August 25, 2011 at 7:07 am

    If only I had this with coffee …..tomorrow morning! The peaches this year are wonderful.

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    August 25, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I would have absolutely no problem eating this peach crumble for breakfast. I’m loving the peaches right now. They are so juicy and sweet.

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    Louise @ cosmetic bee
    August 25, 2011 at 2:15 am

    I’m sighing with happiness just looking at the photos of the peaches. I love freshly picked peaches, especially the fuzzy skins. The crumble looks delicious!

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen
    August 25, 2011 at 1:51 am

    This is beyond a doubt the perfect breakfast. I love it. I am making something just like this for some friends later tonight. I’ve been looking forward to it all day!

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    August 24, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    You have peach orchards nearby???? Totally jealous here…that’s my favorite fruit. And I’d definitely eat this delicious crumble for breakfast…and save some with a scoop of vanilla for dessert 🙂

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    Maris (In Good Taste)
    August 24, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    These photos are so gorgeous. The crumble looks very delicious and is getting bookmarked for sure.

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    A Trifle Rushed
    August 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I bought a pile of beautiful peaches today, and have guests arriving tomorrow, so now I know what’s for pudding. Thank you 🙂

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    August 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I like to live in denial of the fact that fall is coming. Summer fruit just looks too good right now to admit it! Ah this crumble looks wonderful…a perfect use of those peaches!

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    August 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I know what we’ll be having for dessert this weekend. Your crisp is as close to perfect as it can get. I love the post and your photos. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    My Farmhouse Kitchen
    August 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    i saw this pop up in my reader and thought..whoa…. wait just a minute…who is that? oh…now i’s YOU !!!

    beautiful photos, my friend

    this looks wonderful…i love the words you wrote, as well…