By Gabrielle. Images and styling by Lindsey Rose Johnson.
Are you ready for another super easy, super yummy recipe in my Slow Cooker Series? It’s peach season and one of my favorite ways to enjoy this glorious fruit is in a bowl of warm peach crisp topped with a big dollop of whipped cream — or a scoop of vanilla ice cream! I adore fruit pies and crisps — if I’m in a restaurant, and a fruity dessert is on the menu, it’s always the one I pick. A warm fruit crisp is my ultimate comfort food.
Happily, making a crisp at home couldn’t be easier. It comes together in just a few minutes and doesn’t require much attention after that. You literally toss everything into the slow cooker, set it, and forget it, as the saying goes.
This recipe uses peaches, but you can also use nectarines, plums, berries, or any other favorite summertime fruit.
Slow Cooker Peach Crisp
adapted from Alton Brown
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, diced, plus more for greasing slow cooker
6 very large ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (can use 10-12 smaller peaches)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, nuts (if using), cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add the diced butter and cut into the dry ingredients with your hands or a pastry cutter until a crumbly, leaving a few remaining pea-sized pieces of butter.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 3-quart cooker. Place sliced peaches in the bottom and sprinkle with the cornstarch and add the extracts. Stir to combine making sure all of the cornstarch is dissolved. Top evenly with the crumbly mixture.
Set slow cooker to LOW for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or HIGH for 1 1/2 hours. When lifting the lid off the slow cooker, be careful not to let any water from the lid drip down onto the crisp or it can get soggy.
Spoon into bowls and serve warm topped with whipped cream or ice cream
Yields 4-6 servings.
– This recipe can be doubled for a larger slow cooker. Adjust cooking time accordingly. It will take approximately an extra hour on HIGH or two extra hours on LOW for a doubled recipe to fit a six-quart slow cooker.
– It will seem like there’s a lot of crumb mixture and that’s okay. If your slow cooker is taller than it is wide, it’s fine to use less crumb mixture, but with the long, slow cooking time, it will all cook through.
– A mixture of different peach varieties can be fun and delicious. Other fruit can also be used – plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries, berries, etc.