Peach Crisp: a Wonderful Warm Dessert
One of our favorite warm desserts is Peach Crisp. There are many recipes online. We have chosen to adapt one that was designed for using fresh peaches or apples by substituting canned and drained peaches.
Vicki's modified Peach Crisp recipe (for baking):
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (quick oats)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour (all purpose)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
- 2 quarts of canned peaches, drained
In mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in margarine. Mixture will be crumbly. Place drained fruit into a 9" x 9" baking pan. Evenly spread oat mixture on top. Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes.
Note: We reduced the amount of butter or margarine from when we originally published this page.
Pictured are two quarts of home canned peaches, which serve as the basis of our peach crisp.
The extra light syrup will be drained off. (Note to home support teams: the peach-flavored syrup can be thickened for pancake syrup or used to flavor teas.)
|While the peaches are being drained through a colander, Vicki assembled the dry ingredients and margarine in a large bowl.|
|Although she has used a fork
to mix the ingredients in the past, she has found it easier
to use a pastry cutter or blender.
Because of the margarine, the mixture will be a bit on the greasy side.
|The drained peaches were placed in a 9"x9" baking pan.|
The oat mixture was spread on top and the dish was baked.
Doesn't it look yummy?
Ok, speaking realistically:
So, Vicki went digging around to see if she could find a crock pot version of peach crisp that uses Bisquick and omits the margarine. She didn't. But that didn't stop her from experimenting...
When Vicki made up the oat mixture using baking mix and no margarine, the oat mixture was visibly drier and less greasy.
Below, you will see our first experiment of preparing peach crisp in a crock pot with Bisquick, using only one drained quart jar's worth of peaches.
Vicki's modified Crock Pot Peach Crisp recipe:
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (quick oats)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup Bisquick (or Jiffy Mix or baking mix)
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 quart of canned peaches, drained
- non-stick spray
Spray the crock pot with non-stick spray. Place the drained canned peaches in the bottom of the crock. Mix all dry ingredients together and spread evenly over the fruit. Turn the crock pot on the temperature setting of your choice depending on how fast you want it to cook, at least 2 hours.
|Vicki placed the drained peaches in the bottom of a crock pot that had first been sprayed with non-stick spray.|
|She mixed Bisquick
(substituting equal amounts for the flour), brown sugar, oats and
Yes, it looks very dry.
|The oat mixture was sprinkled over the peaches. It still looks dry.|
|The dish was cooked on "high" for 2 hours. The photo at left shows the dish at the end of its cooking cycle.|
|Here is a close-up of the top edge of the peach crisp in the crock pot. You can see the bubbles from where the dish had been boiling.|
Here is a portion of peach crisp served from a crock pot using Bisquick instead of flour and no butter.
The oat mixture was definitely no longer dry and could not really be described as "crisp."
Butter or margarine might have added a bit of flavor -- and perhaps even some crispiness in the crock pot -- but it sure would have added fat and calories. Not only that but since the resulting dessert is so wet, we speculate that the added margarine would have made it greasy.
Here's a nutritional evaluation of the two versions:
|Peach Crisp||Baked Version||Crock Pot Version|
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. margarine
2 quarts of canned peaches, drained
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup Bisquick
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 quart of canned peaches, drained
|Total Fat:||7.3 g||2.6 g|
|Total Carbohydrates:||63.4g||62.1 g|
|Protein:||5.3 g||5.0 g|
Equipment used for making crock pot version of Peach Crisp using canned peaches in a truck:
Please note that we have never fixed Peach Crisp using raw peaches in a crock pot. We would be interested in knowing how our adapted crock pot recipe works using the raw fruit.
Money saving tip: Depending on the cost of the canned peaches, this can be a low-cost dessert. Since we used home canned peaches, this dessert cost us very little to make.
To reduce calories, drain off as much of the syrup as possible. If available, look for peaches packed in very light syrup (the least amount of sugar).
To reduce calories even more, reduce or omit the butter or margarine. Using a spread that is touted to be "heart healthy" might be an alternative to butter or margarine.
Some folks like to "double" the topping on their peach crisp. Bear in mind the extra calories and fat when doing this.
When using a crock pot to fix this dish, there may be a little bit of sticking during the cooking cycle. After you have removed the food from the crock, simply soak the crock with soap and water for easier cleaning.
Watch for expiration dates on canned peaches. We have found that it is best to eat canned peaches within one year of canning. After that, the textures starts to decline.
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