Just a couple of little tweaks makes a classic peach crisp gluten free and so much tastier. (Ice cream is not optional.)
These days the supermarket looks just like a farm stand and there are so many choices to make I get a little overwhelmed. My response is usually to grab some of everything and figure out the details later. My kitchen and dining room are filled with bowls of various fruits and tomatoes. Up today is how I dealt with the growing stack 0f peaches.
You might call it gorging, I prefer the term celebrating…when fruit is this good and this plentiful it would be a sin not to make the most of it. That means peaches for breakfast, peaches for lunch, peaches for dinner, and of course peaches for dessert!
I gave this crisp a little spicy personality to help it stand out in the sea of peach recipes we’re making this month. Spices that are normally reserved for fall and winter baking work really well with stone fruit, especially peaches.
Sometimes dessert comes out of the oven so perfect that you just have to dispense with propriety and dig right in. I won’t judge if you simply hand out big spoons and let everyone go at it, but don’t forget to dot the molten surface with scoops of vanilla ice cream first.
the right pan: Oval Steel Roasting Pan
A sturdy steel roasting pan doubles as a nice vessel for crumbles and crisps. Anywhere from 9 to 14 inches long is a good size.
more fruit crisps and crumbles…
This easy crisp will have a different personality depending on what variety of pears you use, and there’ll be lots of them in the supermarket from August through December.
When you’ve got a little of this and a little of that lying around, this is your dessert. Mix fresh and frozen, too!
This bright combination upstages a plain old apple crisp every time.
Make this gluten free peach crisp your own
- Make it nut free by subbing in oat flour or all purpose flour for the almond meal.
- Make it vegan ~ use coconut oil, vegan butter, or a mixture, instead of butter.
- Make it grain free ~ just leave out the oats. For added texture try chopped nuts or coconut.
- Make it ahead ~ assemble the dessert beforehand and pop it in the oven about 45 minutes before you want to serve it. If it’s been refrigerated, leave it out for 30 minutes on the counter before baking.
Gluten Free Spiced Peach Crisp
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Place peach slices into a bowl. Toss with the lemon juice and cornstarch and set aside.
- Put the topping ingredients into a bowl and mix it up with your hands, breaking apart the bits of cold butter with your fingers until the mixture has a coarse crumb texture.
- Spread the peaches into the bottom of an oval gratin dish (mine was 12 inches long.) Crumble the topping over them.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until bubbling and browned on top. Tent with foil toward the end of baking if the topping is getting too brown. Let cool 15 minuted before digging in.