This Bourbon Peach Crisp is a deliciously luxurious rendition of a classic pudding. This peach crumble with an amaretti crumb is easy to make and it is the perfect summertime pudding.
When I first started blogging I vowed that I would always stay true to my roots and use English terminology over American. Yet here I am, several years later, presenting a recipe for peach crisp. I know, I know. Surely I mean peach crumble. How naughty of me.
The reason for talking about a peach crisp today is because I've used a very American drink - Bourbon - in my recipe. So I'm letting myself off the hook.
To make this dessert extra special, I've mingled some cinnamon spice and bourbon into those deeply colourful and highly seasonal peaches. And, to keep the topping exciting, I've enhanced it with cinnamon and crushed Amaretti biscuits to add an extra depth of flavour and a wonderful bite.
Although this peach crisp does contain bourbon, I've used it sparingly, just to help draw out the best of the peach flavour. I really didn't want the alcohol to take centre stage.
If you're in the mood for a more traditional recipe try my old-fashioned gooseberry crumble - pure heaven.
What are Amaretti?
Amaretti are an Italian biscuit (aka cookie) typically made from almonds and/ or apricot kernals. They are light with a distinct bittersweet almond taste about them.
Two varieties exist - soft and crunchy. The soft ones pair well with a glass of Amaretto liqueur or a cup of coffee.
Though the crunchy biscuits also suit these drinks, I also adore using them in my desserts since they add a powerful hit of flavour and a satisfyingly crunchy texture.
Most supermarkets stock Amaretti - be sure to buy crunchy ones rather than the soft ones for this bourbon peach crisp.
How to Make this Easy Bourbon Peach Crisp
A few years back there was a trend in the UK for chefs to bake the crumble topping on a baking tray rather than on the fruit. The notion was that it would help keep the crumb wonderfully crisp. Some chefs went as far as cooking it a second time on top of the fruit. I recall my Mum rolling her eyes at these antics and exclaiming that they were turning an easy and straightforward fruit crumble into something much more complicated than it needed to be. I tend to agree.
My recipe works on the old fashioned principle of baking the crumble topping just once - directly on the fruit. It's easy, fuss-free and gives great results time and again:
- begin by melting a little butter in a pan and stir in some cinnamon
- tumble chopped peach into the pan and stir to coat
- Tip into a skillet or ovenproof dish, drizzle the bourbon over, sprinkle with demerara sugar and bake for 15 minutes
- Meanwhile, make the crumble topping. Start by rubbing butter into flour and sugar
- Stir through some oats, demerara sugar, cinnamon and crushed Amaretti
- Use to top the fruit and bake for 20 minutes
Creating a full-flavoured, irresistible pudding couldn't get much simpler than this.
As I've mentioned, I've added just a hint of alcohol to this peach crumble so that the peach and amaretti flavours have a chance to shine too. If you are hankering after a more boozy dessert, try pairing it with bourbon ice cream or whip some double cream that has a shot of bourbon mixed in.
And if you really are not into bourbon, that's okay. Just leave it out and this dessert will still bring a smile to your face.
If you like peaches take a look at these recipes too:
Bourbon Peach Crisp with Amaretti
For the Fruit Layer
- 3 Peaches
- 1 tbsp Butter
- ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Bourbon
- 2 tsp Demerara sugar
For the Crumb Topping
- 90 g/ 3 oz Plain (all-purpose) flour
- 45 g/ 1 ½oz Butter (unsalted)
- 30 g/ 1 oz White sugar
- 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 45 g/ 1 ½oz Amaretti cookies crunchy, not soft
- 30 g/ 1 oz Jumbo oats
- 1 tbsp Demerara sugar
Prepare the Fruit Layer
- Preheat the oven to 180C/ 350F GM 4
- Chop the peaches in half and remove the stone. Chop some in half again and quarter a few more
- Put the butter into a medium-sized pan and melt
- Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla extract then toss the peaches into the liquid
- Pile the peaches into a deep-sided skillet or baking dish approx 20cm in diameter. Drizzle any remaining butter and the bourbon over the peaches and sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top
- Bake for 15 minutes
Make the Topping
- Put the flour and white sugar into a medium-sized bowl and rub in the flour until it starts to clump together
- Crush the Amaretti cookies in your hands until reduced to coarse crumbs, drop into the bowl
- Add the oats, cinnamon and demerara sugar. Stir through and then use to top the roasted peaches
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is beginning to brown. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving with cream, clotted cream or ice cream