Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Farmer's Market Peach Crisp

This past Saturday we visited the Wildwood, MO farmer's market.  While it is a smaller-scale farmer's market, it has just the right number of local farmers/gardeners selling just the right amount of fresh produce, herbs, eggs, and flowers.  Even better, a local BBQ joint serves up freshly smoked sandwiches for hungry husbands in tow and "take home" size containers for dinner.  There was even a nice Irishman crooning old Van Morrison songs and a friendly Hawaiian Ice peddler.  Overall, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning. 

My loot was small, but purposeful; it included 1/2 peck of fresh Calhoun County, IL peaches, which has led to this tasty post. 

Farmer's Market Peach Crisp

1. Peel, pit and chop 7-9 peaches into hearty slices and/or chunks. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
(a quick way to peel peaches is to place them in boiling water for 30 seconds, let them cool, and peel away)
2. Mix peaches with 1/4 sugar, 2 tsp cornstarch, 1-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1-2 tsp freshly grated lemon rind, dash cloves and a pinch of cinnamon.  Place mixture into pie plate.
3. Mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup rolled oats (not quick-cooking), 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon.  Cut in 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle over top of peaches.  Bake about 25-35 minutes until topping is a crisp, golden layer.
(this recipe is for crisp lovers. we love the crisp as much as the peaches.)

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