Niagara Peach Crisp

Fresh peaches baked with a splash of rum topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble and roasted pecans gives this seasonal dessert its intense flavour.

If you are lucky enough to be in the Niagara region in mid-summer, make sure to take the scenic drive along the Niagara Parkway between the falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.  You’ll pass a number of wineries and perhaps be tempted to do a little tasting.  This is also one of the best tracts of tender fruit growing areas of the country and you’ll also find orchard operated fruit stands here.  

Horse Shoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario

I can remember the first time eating a peach in the car after leaving the fruit stand when I was just a kid.  It was so ripe and juicy-sweet that its juice literally ran right down to my elbow after taking my first bite.  When you buy a basket or two and fear you won’t eat them all before they start to over-ripen, why not set about 5 plump ones aside for a peach crisp.

My friend, Ruth Ellen, recently made this recipe for a dinner party and topped it with pecans.  I loved the way they  absorbed the butter, sugar and fruit flavour as they roasted on the top.

Niagara Peach Crisp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 

Fresh peaches baked with a splash of rum topped with a buttery oatmeal crumble and roasted pecans gives this seasonal dessert its intense flavour.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: butter, crisp, crumble, dessert, fresh, fruit, Niagara, peach, Peaches
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 330 kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux
Ingredients
  • 4 cups peaches about 5 medium, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 10 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 oz dark rum optional
  • 1/2 cup pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Grease a 2-quart (2 inches deep baking dish).

  3. Spread out peaches in the bottom of the baking dish. Splash with rum (optional).
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all other ingredients, making sure that the butter is well absorbed into dry ingredients. The mixture should have a crumbly texture. Add to the baking dish and top with the pecans.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Recipe Notes

Top with ice cream or whipped cream if you wish. 

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