While peaches are in season, you should do as much with them as you can. Fresh, local peaches are a whole other breed compared to what we have access to the rest of the year. Sweet, floral and tender with vibrant orange flesh, they’re incomparable.
With this in mind, think about this: What’s better than warm fruit crumble with cold vanilla ice cream on a hot day? Not having to share it! Inspired by a late-night craving, below is a recipe for peach crumble, just for you.
But first, here’s how to select and store your peaches:
August is the middle of the peach season, and the varieties available are ideal for cooking. When purchasing, look for smooth, firm skin. Avoid wrinkly skin as the fruit may be overripe, and also avoid those with bruises or uncharacteristic marks. Store peaches at room temperature until they’re ripe — you can tell they’re ready to eat when you gently press on them and the flesh indents. At this stage, it’s best to store them in the fridge.
This recipe for personal peach crumble is quick and easy. If you prefer your peaches extra soft, cook for an extra 30 seconds in the microwave. Also, go wild with flavours — adding berries or other fruits (such as plums and apricots) will work just as well.
Personal peach crumble
Prep: 5 min
Total: 10 min
Makes: 1 serving
- 2 tbsp quick oats
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 tsp butter
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- pinch cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 2 peaches, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Pinch lemon zest
- STIR oats with flour, butter, 1 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small frying pan over medium high. Cook, stirring until mixture is crumbly, golden and the flour is cooked through, 3 to 5 min. Reserve.
- COMBINE peaches with 2 tsp brown sugar, lemon juice and zest in a mug. Microwave on high for 1 minute.
- SPOON crumble over peaches. Serve with ice cream. Enjoy!
How to skin peaches quickly and easily: