Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Nothin’ says summer like Peach Crisp

This post was supposed to make me feel better.

You see, two years ago for my birthday, I told my husband I wanted a peach tree and blackberry bushes. There we went on the 5th of January to the nursery.

Picked out one peach tree and four blackberry bushes, planted them, and waited.

And waited.

Two years later, I have my first batch of peaches and berries. If you’ve seen my Instagram pictures @hillcountrycook, you’ll know that I posted weekly progress pictures of my little peach babies.

IMAGINE MY DISMAY when I came out one morning, on the last day of school I believe…. a day that should be filled with excitement and joy….. ONLY TO DISCOVER A PILE OF PEACH PITS!!!!!!

#$%&!!!!

REALLY!?

FOURTEEN peach pits to be exact. The exact number of new peaches on my tree.

Well, minus one actually, because the thoughtful, selfless squirrels decided to leave me one little peach to look at.

 

OH THANK YOU MR. SQUIRREL. ONE PEACH. I’LL BE GLAD TO CHERISH AND SAVOR IT EVER SO SLOWLY ON A CUP OF YOGURT.

 

***EEERRRRRRRRR**** (screeching brakes)

CORRECCTTIIOONNN!!!!!

The next day my last peach was gone.

May I also add that all my blackberries were gone too? I suppose that was thanks to the birds, however.

As my friend Jen wrote, “shall we be seeing a squirrel recipe soon?”

To that I answer, YES!!!

Maybe I should change my post to “Nothin’ says summer like grilled squirrel”?

Back to my beautiful peach crisp.

As I walked into HEB (aaaych-uheee-buheee) the other day, I was tantalized by the wafting smell of sweet, sweet nectar…. the golden peaches, so soft to the touch, their glorious furry little skins. I snagged 7 in a bag and went on my merry way.

Peach crisp would make me feel better, surely.

As it turns out, as I removed the beautiful crisps from the oven, wallowing in my own tears and sorrow, how beautiful they smelled, how juicy, how sweet, I decided this only makes me feel worse….

NEVER AGAIN will I experience the bliss of homegrown peach delight.

Dramatic, much?

Guess I’ll have to wait ’til next year.

On with the recipe….

I can’t wait ’til I finally teach myself Photoshop and learn how to label the ingredients in the photos.
Until then, here are my descriptions:

COLD butter, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats, and brown sugar.

Brown sugar is best but I ran out, so substituted white sugar.

Make it do.

Cut in the butter to the mixture until…..

You have pea sized crumbles.

Taste.

Yup, good.

Get your little peachy beauties, peel ‘em and slice ‘em.

Toss them in 2 tablespoonfuls of sugar, some cinnamon, and almond extract.

These cuties were soooo ripe, I used hardly any sugar at all.

I may or may not have licked the bowl.

Butter your cute little ramekins up, or a a nice little  piece of stoneware you received as a wedding present that your husband may or may not have broken the lid to.

He denies any such claim.

Incidentally I couldn’t reach the stoneware in the garage without help from said husband, so I got out my ramekins.

Sprinkle the oatmeal mixture over the peaches!

Bake 20 minutes at 375-400 degrees until done.

Goooooood.

This crisp works great on any fruit. I COULD have used blackberries in with my peaches if the birds left me any, but NOOOOOOO.

They just weren’t happy enough with the $8 I spend weekly on quality bird food, or the gorgeous blue glazed bird bath I scrupulously clean weekly for them to enjoy a nice, clean drink.

I digress.

 

Use it over any fruit you wish.

I should add, however, apples take a considerably longer time to bake. If apples are your weakness, cover the dish with foil, bake 20-30 covered, then 20 minutes uncovered – depending on how crisp or mushy you prefer your apples.

~Peace, Love, and Peaches Y’all. (sigh)

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Peach Crisp

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cold butter
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
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7-8 peaches, peeled and sliced
2 T sugar for sprinkling
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse peas. In a separate bowl, peel and slice peaches. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoonfuls of sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon almond extract. Toss to coat. Rub 4 large ramekins with butter, and spoon peaches into the dishes. Top with oatmeal mixture; bake at 375-400 degrees for 20 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

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18 Responses to “Nothin’ says summer like Peach Crisp”

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 30, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

    Oh jeez…normally I would say the squirrels eating your peaches would be funny but it would drive me berzerk too. Sorry to hear it! We grow a garden at our place too and there’s only so much you can do to keep the critters out. Kudos to you, though for taking the time and energy to grow peaches and blackberries! Your peach crisp looks awesome despite the cruel critters stealing your main ingredient! :)

    • katieb replied: — May 30th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

      Lol, it really was quite funny. I thought the squirrels and I could share, but I’ll have to wait until the tree is much, much bigger. I’m better now, I think. :)

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    Tara Noland — May 30, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    I love crisp anything and this looks really good!!

    • katieb replied: — May 30th, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

      Me too! What’s your favorite crisp?

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    Jackie — May 30, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

    I loved this post! Sorry for your loss, but these look delicious!

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    NanaBread (Jeanne) — May 31, 2012 @ 1:15 am

    Blah blah art through pain blah blah blah. If suffering makes for good writing, this post is a keeper. You had me smiling and silently cursing those squirrels, which is quite a feat – I love squirrels. I’m so sorry you lost your peach babies AND blackberries (curse you, fluffy fruit thieves!), but your resulting crisp is still gorgeous. I’ll be making it for my mother in a few weeks when she comes down. She’s going to love it. She loves peaches. And squirrels. :)

    • katieb replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      I will turn you Ms. Jeanne!!! You will despise the furry rats as I do!!! :) I actually still like the little guys…. but won’t feel bad if one falls off the power line either… :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 31, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    The crisp looks gorgeous! Found you from TK. Your story made me chuckle. I feel your pain with my strawberry and blackberries. However, the patch has finally grown large enough I’m willing to share. It took 6 years though, of me getting out to the garden at 6am to pick fruit. Errr.

    • katieb replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

      I am HOPING to share it one day too!

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    Sandi — May 31, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Thank you, I enjoyed this! Last summer the squirrels ate our corn and truly, threw the left over cob at our trash can. Then went over to the pear tree for dessert. So,I bought my husband a pellet gun for Christmas…

    • katieb replied: — May 31st, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

      LOL….. siiigh. Glad you took care of the problem!! :)

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    Miriam — June 1, 2012 @ 2:42 am

    Sorry to hear about the squirrels, but they obviously knew a good thing. Besides, it’s hard out there squire just trying to get a nut (or peach).

    There is a fantastic winter version of this crisp that I make with fresh cranberries (you can also use frozen all year round). But what am I saying? I’ve had 2 bags of cranberries in my freezer since LAST WINTER when they were fresh and have I made a cranberry crisp yet. Well no. But it’s good. You should try it. ;P KEWL.

    • katieb replied: — June 1st, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

      It IS hard out there being a squirrel…. just tryin’ to get a nut. ;)

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    Miriam — June 1, 2012 @ 2:45 am

    OH, and I forgot that my version also has ripened Barlet pears. If it was just cranberry, it would be way too sour. Like pucker-up sour (and that’s not KEWL) ;P

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    Peter — June 15, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    Do it! I have made it from plums, apples and peaehcs this year for Italians who have no clue it was supposed to be apple. Every single person loved it. It’s one of those quick and easy things an American mum would whip up between when school was over and suppertime. The greatest house perfume EVER (well, maybe homemade bread is tied.)Judith in Umbria s last blog post..Mary Reply:November 4th, 2008 at 10:35 amAs soon as I can find some oats. And nope, they don’t have them in my supermarket, I’ve searched and searched.

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