Friday, August 12, 2011

Peach Crumble: It's Peachy Keen (and Delicious!)

Are you a crisp, crumble or cobbler person? Or do you prefer a clafoutis, a buckle, a Betty, a slump or maybe a pandowdy? (Here's a great little breakdown of each of these desserts at O Chef). Me? I'm usually a crisp or crumble girl because I'm a sucker for any kind of crumbly, oaty, streusel topping.

It's "Time for Dessert" at I Heart Cooking Clubs this week and I wanted to use some peaches I bought on sale at Whole Foods. No, they are not a local fruit in Hawaii and not as near as good as a freshly picked orchard peach, I get that. Still, much as I try to focus on local ingredients and we have so much glorious tropical fruit to work with, sometimes a girl just needs a peach, ... or plum, ... or a few cherries. These were actually pretty sweet and full of flavor. I bought a dozen and ate most of them, but managed to save enough to make a small crisp. The closest Jamie Oliver recipe I could find was his Apple Crumble so I swapped in the peaches and was good to go. With a touch of cinnamon, and just a light kiss of cardamom added to the topping, and served with good vanilla bean ice cream, it was a delicious summer dessert.

Apple Peach Crumble
Adapted from Jamie
(5 Servings)

For the crumble:
35g rolled oats
35g wholemeal flour (I used white wheat flour)
35g margarine or butter
20g caster sugar
(I added a good-sized pinch of cinnamon and a dash of cardamom)

For the filling:
400g cooking apples fresh peaches, peeled, cored and quartered
50g sugar, to sweeten
1 tablespoon water

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Peel and core the apples, quarter and cut in to chunks Peel, pit and slice the peaches.

Put the apples peaches into a pan with the sugar and water. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes and place in a small ovenproof dish.

Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix well. Cut the margarine or butter into small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Mix with your fingertips until it resembles an even crumb texture. Add the sugar (and cinnamon and cardamom) and mix through.

Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until the crumble is golden and the apples peaches hot.

Notes/Results: Warm sweet peaches, crumbly oat crust, cold and creamy ice cream--it doesn't get much better than this. I liked the extra touch of flavor of the cinnamon and cardamom I added to Jamie's recipe--just a little bit, so they enhanced rather than overwhelmed the peach flavor. An easy, homey, tasty recipe that I would make again.

You can see what desserts the other IHCC participants made this week by going to the post and following the links.

Happy Weekend!


  1. The way you feel about peaches, I feel about mangoes! They will never be local but sometimes I just NEED one. I love a good crumble and this looks excellent!

  2. Anything as long as it is fruit! I had the MOST amazing apricot cobbler this week!

  3. Just bought some fresh peaches today, but not enough to make this delectable dish. I'm also TRYing to stay away from desserts so I fit in my dress for step-daughter's wedding. I love oats in my streusel topping, too.

  4. I love, love, LOVE peach crumbles. There's something about the way they just "go" with that awesome, addictive topping. I want a serving to myself pretty badly right now!

  5. Well you know you won me over with this recipe because peaches are truly my favorite! I love your addition of cardamom too. This looks excellent with the ice cream:)

  6. Looks amazing and exquisite looks great, hug

  7. My vote is definitely for crisps and crumbles. Yum! This looks so darn good!

  8. Yum, yum, yum, love the peach crumble :)

  9. Mmm, I am definitely a crisp-crumble cinnamon-oaty topping kind of gal. And peaches! Love 'em. Delicious. Make my bowl extra large, with a cup of tea, please. ☺

  10. I love all the fun names we have for desserts! I completely understand your wanting a non-local fruit. When we were in Brazil, I wanted fresh berries so much, in the States I want mango and passion fruit! Sigh. I picked up some mangos and mini bananas (banana ouro to us) at the international market this weekend. Just needed a change. Your Crumble looks great!


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