Monday, September 24, 2012
Spiced Peach Oatmeal Crunch - Gluten Free or Not
Fresh sweet peaches are tossed together with sugar and spices, then baked in between layers of a brown sugar and oat crust; this is my favorite way to bake fruit desserts. It doesn't matter how many other varieties of fruit desserts I make, I always come back to this one. Almost firm enough to cut into bars and yet just fruity enough to still resemble a crisp, this is simply a fruit crisp with both a top and bottom crust layer. Don't be intimidated by the crust layers or the topping, no cutting in cold butter is required. Melted butter is poured into the topping and it forms perfect crumbs to top this dessert.
Spiced Peach Oatmeal Crunch - Gluten Free and Regular Versions
4 cups peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/3 cups brown rice flour *
2/3 cup tapioca starch *
1 teaspoon xantham gum *
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup butter, melted
* If you do not need a gluten free version of this recipe, simply substitute 2 cups AP Flour for the items with an *.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the fruit in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and ginger, salt and arrowroot. Stir to coat and add the lemon juice. Stir again and the let the peaches rest while preparing the crust.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and then add the melted butter. Stir to combine. Press half of this mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan. Pour the fruit over the bottom crust and then sprinkle the rest of the dry mixture on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crust turns golden brown. Serve warm from the oven or let cool completely and slice into servings. Enjoy!
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Homemade Peach Jam