I am all for the locavore movement, eating foods from as close to home as possible. Unfortunately, Ohio doesn’t get a really great peach crop, and I love peaches in July!
So I break down and buy peaches from out of state. A local grocery always gets fantastic peaches in July, and they were on special this week. I loaded up!
The problem with loading up on peaches is that they were already pretty ripe, and they go fast when they reach that ripe stage. So I had a few left, and they were in need of being used quickly… So Anne Burrell to the rescue. Or, actually, Anne Burrell’s peach crisp recipe to the rescue.
I hadn’t made much with peaches before. I usually just eat them raw or grill them in halves, and both ways are great. I wanted to do something else, though, and Anne Burrell’s recipe caught my eye because the crisp is done in individual ramekins.
I didn’t follow her recipe exactly, but pretty closely. The original recipe is here.
The recipe I made was:
5 large ripe peaches, cut into chunks with skin left on (pit removed) The juice of 1 lemon 3 Tbsp all purpose flour 3 Tbsp Demarara sugar 1/2 tspn vanilla paste A drizzle of Maker’s Mark bourbon Pinch of grey salt
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup Demarara sugar
- 1 1/4 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- Pinch of grey salt
- about 1 Tbsp water
Preheat oven or convection grill to 350 degrees F
Mix the filling ingredients together and set aside.
Put all topping ingredients except water into a food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds, then add the water until the mixture becomes clumpy, but not too smooth.
Put the filling into 6 individual 6 ounce ramekins and top loosely place the topping on each ramekin.
Bake 20-25 minutes, until the filling is bubbly and the topping has browned and is crisp.
The result was great, with a topping between a crust and a crisp. My wife prefers a pure crisp, but I liked the combo approach. I’d definitely do this one again!
How do you use your ripening peaches to make sure they don’t go to waste?