peach pie now!

it’s been a week since my peach panna cotta, and i haven’t had my fill of peaches yet. they are just so delicious! and it takes so much patience to let them ripen properly while they sit temptingly on the counter. by the time they are ripe i can’t be bothered to make my dough, roll it out, create a mess of flour all over the kitchen, and watch it bake for an hour or so while inhaling those amazing peach pie aromas. i need a quick fix – otherwise that peach is going to be popped straight into my mouth and it will be gone in 2 minutes.

but i knew there had to be a compromise between the immediate gratification of devouring a fresh peach and the delayed reward of a fresh-baked peach pie. thus, the 20-minute peach crisp was born. who needs a pie plate when you have the natural cup of a half-peach? who needs dough when a few easy ingredients can be tossed together for a delicious crispy topping? not you! this 20-minute crisp is a warm, satisfying treat that is great on its own or as a perfect little boat for a melting scoop of ice cream.

20-minute peach crisp

3 yellow peaches

1/2 cup granola of your choice. i suggest a simple mix with nuts rather than dried fruit.

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon butter, cut into 6 pieces

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

1. pre-heat the oven to 350°f.

2. cut the peaches in half and remove the pits. with a grapefruit spoon or paring knife, cut a small hollow from the center of each half to make room for the topping.

3. place the peach halves skin side down in a small casserole or baking dish in which all the halves fit snugly. spoon an equal amount of granola into each peach half. pour the maple syrup and sprinkle the nutmeg and cinnamon evenly over the peaches as well. put 1 piece of butter on top of each half.

8. bake at 350° for 15 minutes, or until the peach is soft but still holds its shape. then increase the oven temperature to broil and bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until the granola becomes golden brown. remove from the oven and serve, with ice cream or whipped cream if you wish.

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