Peach crumble is a perfect dessert for any season. What’s better than a bowl of gooey peach crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream that’s just starting to melt? Count me in.
Fresh peaches cook down and caramelize with sugar and cinnamon. They’re topped off with an almond crumble that tastes like a sugar cookie for a simple, comforting dessert.
Why KJ Loves Peach Crumble
This is one of those simple recipes to keep on hand. In fact, my dad told me precisely, “Don’t ever lose this recipe!” And I don’t intend to! 🙂 It’s recipes like this Peach Crumble that just bring you warmth and happiness – it’s a comfort food that fills your cup up. Plus, I love anything peach and this is the perfect recipe for juicy, sweet peaches!
Cobbler, Crumble, or Crisp: What’s the difference?
Often used interchangeably, each fruit dessert has its own delicious texture. The crumble has a soft, crumbly streusel made of butter, flour, and sugar—a topping with a melt-in-your-mouth effect. The crisp has a nuttier, oat topping that leaves a crunch. And finally, the traditional cobbler is covered in a fluffy, biscuit-like sweet dough.
Peach crumble with fresh peaches – The way to go, in my opinion. The fresh peaches really shine. Ripe, juicy peaches will bake better than hard, unripe peaches. If you want to go to the work of peeling peach skin, you can find instructions here. But I love to leave the peach skin on. It adds great texture and a rosy hue to this already beautiful dessert.
Peach crumble with frozen peaches – If you’re making this outside of peach season, no worries! Frozen peaches will still work beautifully. Pour them straight from the freezer bag into the bowl, and mix in the filling ingredients. You’ll need to add around 10-15 minutes to your cooking time.
Other Peach Crumble Ingredients
Regular sugar and brown sugar make the crumble sweet, but not toooo sweet. This peach crumble recipe lets the natural sweetness of the peaches shine through. The brown sugar also adds depth to the peach crumble flavor!
Flour goes inside the peach filling and the crumble topping. In the filling, it turns the peach juice into a perfect, gooey sauce. In the crumble topping, it binds everything together to create a sugar cookie-like topping.
Almond extract and peaches are a match made in dessert heaven. A little bit goes a long way, so don’t overdo it! If you don’t like the taste of almond extract, you can substitute vanilla extract.
A little bit of cinnamon adds a warm, spiced note that gives this dessert a cozy feeling.
Can you have a real dessert without butter? The butter in this recipe makes the crumble topping perfectly crumbly, like a buttery cookie.
Serving Peach Crumble
Peach crumble is a great dessert to make in advance. Bake as directed and allow the crumble to cool completely before covering and refrigerating.
When you’re ready to dig in, I recommend warming the peach crumble back up before serving. It’s always better warm! Put the whole crumble back in the oven for a few minutes, or microwave individual portions.
Then serve the warm peach crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy that melty, gooey, delicious first bite.
Peach Crumble FAQ
Do I need to peel peaches for peach crumble?
No, it’s not necessary to peel the peaches. They give a nice texture and deep color to the peach crumble. However, if you don’t want peach skin in your crumble, you can quickly learn how to peel the peaches by watching this video.
What is a crumble topping made of?
Crumble topping is made up of sugar, butter, and flour. Peach crumble gets its name from the crumbly, streusel topping.
How do you keep crumble topping crunchy?
If you want to make your crumble topping extra crunchy, try baking the crumble topping until it’s slightly crisp before you add it on top of the peach filling. Then, bake the whole peach crumble until heated through.
What happens if you put too much butter in crumble?
The topping will be soggy and goopy if you put too much butter in the crumble. For just the right texture, make sure to follow the proportions in the recipe.
How do you know when crumble is done?
The crumble is done when the top is golden brown, and the peaches are bubbling and slightly caramelized underneath.
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Recipe originally posted on October 11, 2018 – updated on September 1, 2022.